Please note that this blog is intended for the students and parents associated with Gordonvale State High School, Cairns. Please check areas of interest as seen on the blog to confirm dates and other information as there will be occasions when dates will change and the information may not be included in the blog as it may not have been received by the school. Posts prior to July 2017 may have reference to Smithfield State High School as this blog was initially developed for students when I was the Guidance Officer at that school.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

University of Queensland information

Explore the Ancient World - June/July

You're invited to explore the ancient world at UQ's RD Milns Antiquities Museum between Monday 24 June and Friday 5 July. Students who are future archaeologists, curators and adventurers are invited to investigate some of our most curious objects and artifacts during this time.

Students will be able to
- Handle a number of artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome
- Try on Greek hoplite armour and weapons
- Write their name in Hieroglyphs
- Help us name our mummy mask
- and participate in ancient arts and craft making

Entry to the Museum is free and all age groups are welcome. No bookings are required for groups under 10 people. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Location: Level 2, Michie Building (9), University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
For information, contact:
Jessica Dowdell
(07) 3365 3010

School Holiday Campus Tours

Students do not have to wait until they are studying at UQ to visit one of our first-class campuses. A guided on-campus tour is a fantastic opportunity to get a closer look at University life, ask questions, talk to current students and see the facilities first-hand. Tours generally take about an hour and information packs are provided for all visitors.
For information, contact:
School Liaison team
(07) 3346 9649

CHRYSALIS 2013 Applications open - 1 July

Applications for the 2013 CHRYSALIS Young Leaders program open 1 July.

This year’s program, "Leadership in the Age of Social Media," will explore social media in regards to communication and leadership and how the landscape of leadership has changed because of it.

Bursaries are available for Australian students and international students currently residing in Australia. The application form will be available for download from the website mid July.

For more information, please visit
For information, contact:
Anton Crace
(07) 3832 7699

UQ Open Days - August 2013

UQ Open Day is the perfect opportunity for students to experience what it's like to be part of The University of Queensland. The event allows students to explore the campus, talk to staff and current students and attend a range of information sessions and activities.

UQ St Lucia - 4 August, 9am – 3pm
UQ Ipswich - 7 August, 2.30pm – 6.30pm
UQ Gatton - 18 August, 9.30am – 3pm
For information, contact:
UQ Marketing
(07) 3365 1535

Far North Queensland Engineering Link Project

Far North Queensland Engineering Link Project

The Engineering Link Project is a three-day immersion course for Year 11 and Year 12 students who may be considering engineering as a career. Students actually become engineers for the day.

An ELP is an Engineering Link Project - linking engineers with students.
An ELP lasts for three days, with each day following a similar format. Students select a discipline they are interested in and they spend the day working in that area.
  • A guest engineer from the local community (industry or university) talks briefly about their career, about why they becom an engineer, what their life as an engineer is like and what problems and situations they face in their work.
  • Students receive a model problem and in groups consider the problem, test materials, design a solution and produce a proposal.
  • The proposal is assessed by the engineer and then the solution is built.
  • These solutions are then tested (usually to destruction).
  • The engineer and students debrief and discuss the day's outcomes.
At the end of each day, the students tour the university, inspecting facilities and observing current research projects and highlights of each faculty.

Location: James Cook University, Cairns, Qld
Cost: $88.00 - course, lunch (2 days) or $165.00 - course, single room + meals - 2 days, one night)
Date: 17 - 18 July

Register: Click Here   
Registrations close: 28 June

To receive financial assistance to attend any of the courses listed above, please visit our Scholarships page - click here.

Fees for 2013 QTAC applications

On time application fees for 2013 Year 12 students applying for courses at university for 2014 will be $34.00.

Please have your application in on time.

Late fees will apply and they are $109.00.

27th September 2013 is the cut off date for on-time applications. Applications submitted after this date will considered as late and the increased fee will apply.

Some important dates for Year 12 students

Wednesday 14 June

Course information available on the QTAC website.
Thursday 1 August
Applications open
Tuesday 3 September
Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test
Wednesday 4 September
QCS Test
Friday 20 September
International courses of study: final date for submission of applications for credit transfer for Year 12.
Friday 27 September
On time due date for QTAC applications
Friday 15 November
Finishing day for Year 12 students
Friday 13 December
Senior Education Profiles (SEPs) - QCEs, Senior Statements, Statements of Results, and Tertiary Entrance Statements posted.
Saturday 15 December
9:00am onwards – Access learning account via Student Connect to find out final Year 12 results. QSA Student Connect Hotline opens (times tbc)
Friday 6 January 2014
QSA Student Connect Hotline closes

QSA and QTAC dates for International Students

Institution Open Days

QTAC staff attend many tertiary expos, institution open days and career markets to advise on application procedures, the QTAC process and tertiary pathways. These tertiary study events will assist senior school students, parents and prospective applicants applying for tertiary courses through QTAC. For more information, visit www.qtac.edu.au/Schools/OpenDays.htm.
Australian Catholic University
24 July, 2013
Open Night – 5.30–8.30pm
Tours are available year round
Email campustour@acu.edu.au
Australian Maritime College
25 August, 2013
Open Day
Tours are available year round
Visit www.amc.edu.au/visit-amc
Bond University
14 July, 2013
Open Day
Tours are available year round
Email campustours@bond.edu.au
Tel: 1800 074 074
Christian Heritage College
24 August, 2013
Open Day
4 August, 2013
Open Day – Gladstone campus
4 August, 2013
Open Day – Noosa campus
11 August, 2013
Open Day – Bundaberg campus
18 August, 2013
Open Day – Mackay campus
25 August, 2013
Open Day – Rockhampton campus
Griffith University
11 August, 2013
Open Day – Nathan, South Bank and Gold Coast campuses
21 August, 2013
Information Evening – Logan campus
James Cook University
25 August, 2013
Open Day – Cairns campus
31 August, 2013
Open Day – Townsville campus
10 September, 2013
Information Evening – Mackay Education Research Centre
Queensland Institute of Business and Technology
December, January, February
Information Sessions
Tours available all year Visit www.qibt.qld.edu.au or phone (07) 3735 6900
Queensland University of Technology
28 July, 2013
Open Day – Gardens Point campus
18 August, 2013
Open Day – Caboolture campus
Southbank Institute of Technology
24 July, 2013
Study Information Evening - 2014
Contact the institute directly for details or visit www.southbank. edu.au/site/about/events/index.asp
Southern Cross University
Tours are available year round
Email campustours@scu.edu.au
TAFE Queensland
Open days/nights are held by various TAFE institutes throughout the year. Contact the institute directly for details or visit www.tafe.qld.gov.au/about-tafe/news-and-events/events/calendar
The University of Queensland
4 August, 2013
Open Day – St Lucia campus
7 August, 2013
Open Day – Ipswich campus
18 August, 2013
Open Day – Gatton campus
University of New England
3 May, 2013
Open Day
For personalised campus tours, phone 1800 818 865
University of Southern Queensland
4 August, 2013
Open Day – Fraser Coast campus
18 August, 2013
Open Day – Toowoomba campus
25 August, 2013
Open Day – Springfield campus
University of the Sunshine Coast
11 August, 2013
Open Day
Group campus tours and information sessions are available throughout the year
Tel: (07) 5456 5000

Funding for Creative Young Stars

Grants are available for students involved with creative or performing arts, cultural activities, academic endeavour or celebrating school and community achievements. The first round of the Creative Young Stars program is open and grants of $500 for individuals or $3000 for groups of more than six young people will be awarded.

There are four broad categories of activity that will be supported under the Program:
•             creative and performing arts
•             cultural activities
•             academic endeavour
•             school and community achievement.

Applications close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday, 21 June 2013.  We encourage you to share this information widely within your networks. For further information:  www.youth.gov.au/sites/youth/news/pages/creative-young-stars 

Students Planning for Queensland

Students are encouraged to submit their ideas for Queensland’s future and get the chance to win some great prizes. In 30 years’ time our students are sure to be some very important people so let’s get them thinking about the kind of society they want. Check out the Queensland Plan website for all the details on this competition.