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.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The University of Queensland UQ Young Scholars Program

The University of Queensland's Young Scholars Program (YSP) provides high achieving secondary school students with an opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ's academic community and like-minded students from across Queensland and New South Wales. Designed to nurture and develop future leaders, the Program also presents students with a unique opportunity for academic extension and enrichment.
The 2014-2015 UQ Young Scholars Program involves:
  • A five-day (four night) Residential Camp at the St Lucia campus (Sunday 30 November - Thursday 4 December 2014)
  • A YSP Open Day Reunion (August 2015)
  • Facebook Group Networking & YSP Newsletters
Students will gain valuable insights into university life and fields of study they may not have encountered as part of the school curriculum. They will hear from leading thinkers and engage in discussions and collaborative forums in group settings. A range of social, sporting and cultural activities will complement the academic program.
While on campus, students are housed in single rooms in one of UQ’s residential colleges. The Program is administered and supervised by University staff and Student Mentors.
A copy of the 2013 UQ Young Scholars Residential Camp Program is available to interested applicants upon request.
Important dates are:
Early June 2014
UQ Young Scholars Program Applications Open
Sunday 30 November 2014 
Welcome Event for UQ Young Scholars and parents
Sunday, 30 November – Thursday, 4 December 2014
Five-day (four night) Residential Camp, UQ St Lucia campus

For Further information visit: This link

Thursday, 12 June 2014

RSL Youth Development Program - closes November 11 2014.

The Returned & Services League (RSL) of Australia (Queensland Branch) and Bond University are delighted to be offering the RSL Youth Development Program again this year! 
The RSL Youth Development Program has been designed to recognise and reward the outstanding efforts of high-achieving Queensland students. The 2014 - 2015 program aims to once again award 200 grants to talented Year 10 and 11 students who have demonstrated success in the following categories:
·         Academic Achievement (inclusive of Arts, Drama, Dance and Media)
·         Sporting Achievement
·         Community Leadership and Civic Participation
Recipients of the RSL Youth Development Program will receive grants of $2,500 and the top 10% of the highest achieving Year 10 and 11 students will receive a higher recognition via a $5,000 grant. Recipients will also have the exclusive opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth 50% of tuition fees to study either a single or combined degree at Bond University on the completion of high school.
Video link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAapM0wxl1E
Applications are open online now at www.RSLyouth.com.au and will close on November 11. Download an RSL Youth Development Program information flyer.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Please also visit www.RSLyouth.com.au for further program details or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rslyouth

Melbourne Bachelor of Oral Health vs Bachelor of Dentistry

The Bachelor of Oral Health does not qualify students as dentists and is not a pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne.
The Bachelor of Oral Health is a 3-year full-time degree (part time is not available) at the University of Melbourne. The degree has four main components: clinical and preventive dentistry, dental and health sciences, social sciences and health promotion, and vocational clinical practice.
Oral Health allows students to practice as an oral health therapist, a dental hygienist or a dental therapist upon graduation.
Students also have the option to undertake an additional honours year as further preparation for employment or to lead to a research higher degree. They will also be eligible for entry into a range of graduate courses including in public health, health services management, business economics and more.
For information on the pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery, go to:

UniExperience at Melbourne

Year 11 students from rural and border regions, those who are first in their family to consider tertiary study, and Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander students are invited to come to our Parkville campus on 10  ̶  11 July.
UniExperience gives students the opportunity to experience university life first-hand. The two-day program demystifies the university experience by allowing students to take part in a range of sessions covering all aspects of tertiary study. They will enjoy:
  • On-site accommodation and meals at one of the University’s residential colleges
  • Guided campus tours
  • Detailed information on course offerings at the University
  • Sessions and workshops covering the transition to university, student support services, accommodation options, scholarships, study skills and exam tips
  • Social activities and the opportunity to meet both peers and current university students.
COST: $100.00 (including GST) covering all meals, overnight accommodation and all materials relating to the program.
Your students must apply to attend this event. Places are limited. Selection will be based on the students´ reasons for wanting to participate as outlined in their application.
Application deadline:  Friday 20 June

Free resources blog for career planning

The My Career Match resources blog titled Making Happy Careers for Students! is available for students to access. It has interesting and helpful information for career planning.

UNSW CO-op Scholarship Program

What is the UNSW Co-op Program?
The UNSW Co-op Program offers industry linked scholarships to high achieving students in the fields of Business (Commerce), Science, Engineering and the Built Environment. Programs of study are all based on existing undergraduate programs at UNSW but also include the following benefits:
  • Senior managers from industry and government have worked with UNSW academics to plan all Co-op Programs.
  • UNSW Co-op Program scholars receive structured industry training (between 9 and 18 months) and gain highly valuable, relevant work experience with up to three different sponsor companies.
  • UNSW Co-op Program scholars receive a tax-free scholarship of $16,750 per annum*. This is paid in fortnightly instalments and can be used at the student's discretion.
  • On graduation, sponsors are always looking to recruit UNSW Co-op Program Scholars
What are the benefits for students?
$67,000 - $83,750 scholarship*
·         PLUS industry experience with leading employers,
·         PLUS leadership & professional development training,
·         PLUS networking opportunities,
·         PLUS support throughout their degree.

*Scholarships pay $16,750 per year over 4 years for all degrees. There is also a 5th year Engineering and Science honours scholarship that may be available for application for Engineering and Science Co-op scholars, which can be applied for when the Co-op scholar is in 4th year. (Note: Specific conditions apply for Mining Engineering and Petroleum Engineering). For details see Programs and refer to the specific program page.

Who should apply?

The UNSW Co-op Program is open to year 12 students entering university for the first time, or those commencing university for the first time after a gap year. Candidates for scholarships are not only selected on their academic ability, but also their communication skills, motivation, leadership potential, and passion for their chosen field of study.
Students can apply ONLINE here.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

TAFE certificate course fee changes

RE:  Certificate II and III qualifications
Further to my previous communications, I am writing to clarify the changes to some of the Certificate II and III qualifications currently offered to TAFESEC students.
There has been considerable change to the courses offered to high school students.  As of the 1st of July, 2014, funding has been withdrawn from all Certificate III programs and some Certificate II programs.  NQTAFE can only continue to offer these qualifications to students who have commenced their studies AND completed a unit of competency prior to 30 June 2014.  Therefore, TAFE ask for that potential students be aware of the following key dates: 
-              SIT30112 - Certificate III in Tourism – Classes start on 12 of Jun 10:30 to 3.30pm
-              SIT30612 - Certificate III in Events – Enrolment and participation available now.
-              SIH20111 - Certificate II in Hairdressing   - Classes start on 5 June
Any student who dies not enrol and participate in their studies by the 30th June 2014 will not be eligible to receive the current government funding and will need to pay full fees for their course.

Media Potential for school holidays

Launch of "Mi Networks"

The Mental Illness Fellowship Australia are delighted to announce the launch of 'Mi Networks", a nationwide help service for anyone wanting more information about mental health issues and services to support them - it can be viewed at    www.minetworks.org.au 
Mi Networks will provide a commitment in six key areas.  They are:
A place you feel welcome
We promise to treat you like a person, not a number.  We will always have time to listen, question and discuss.  We want to know how you are, what you need and how we can help.

Peer Support
Many of our staff and volunteers have lived experience: either living with mental illness or as the carers of someone with mental illness.  We are people with similar experiences and we will have some understanding of what you are going through.

Relevant Information
We offer tailored and up-to-date information to assist you, your family members, friends and carers.  If we don't have the information you require, we will help you find it.
Community Networks
We are linked into our local networks and have established strong and supportive working relationships with other services.  We are connected to a broad range of programs, supports and information.

A National Network
We offer a range of one-on-one and group support programs for you, your family members, friends and carers across Australia.  If we can't assist you at one of our locations, we will connect you with someone who can.

Personalised Referral
We will refer you to the services and supports that best meet your needs.  This may be a program we offer or it may be provided by someone else.  We will support you to find the best fit for you.

Guide to Jobs in Health.

In the recently updated Ultimate Guide to Health Jobs, your students can find out the latest from the health industry.
UQ's Ultimate Guide to Health Jobs explores the latest in: earning potential, future job openings, opportunities for flexible work, the expected demand for jobs in the future and more!
By completing the form at http://ems.gs/3gZi0kyTEy students will receive the guide along with information about the health careers they are specifically interested in.

UQ Music audition applications - August

UQ Music audition applications - August 
Students interested in studying B. Music at UQ in 2015 are encouraged to register for an audition.
Audition applications close: Monday 4 August
Round 1 Auditions: Saturday 20 September & Sunday 21 September
Round 2 Auditions: Saturday 4 October

For information, contact:
Gary Johnson
Phone: (07) 3365 4121
Email: music@uq.edu.au
web: http://www.uq.edu.au/music/index.html

Griffith University Disabilities Service Tertiary Education Experience 2014

For further information please see Jenny Wilson or Sarah-Jane Clark (HOSES) at school.

Headspace Pineapple Jam Flyer

Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year are now open. Applications will close on 30 June 2014 and must be received online.
The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished year 12 (or equivalent) and are aged between 17 and 24, to experience military training and lifestyle whilst gaining new skills and pay over their Gap Year.
Gap Year opportunities are available in the Army and Air Force only. The Gap Year program is not available in the Navy in 2015.
The life skills and job training that you will acquire during your Gap Year experience will be valuable regardless of what career you ultimately undertake.
You will earn more than $45,000, have subsidised accommodation and full medical and dental coverage.

For further information visit the ADF Gap Year information page. 

Griffith University Updates

Griffith University Open Day
Sunday 10 August, Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank
Open Day is a great chance to experience university life, explore our campuses, and talk to students and staff about career goals and degree options. You’ll find information to help guide future study decisions, along with general information about all the degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate study.
» Register now for Open Day updates

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies Program
The GUESTS program is for OP or ATAR eligible senior students who wish to undertake a single course (subject) at Griffith.
New course offerings and requirements are now available for Architectural Design, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Science.
Year 11 students can apply for Summer Semester 2014 or Semester 1 2015, with applications closing 15 October 2014. Students can apply as soon as they have their Year 11 semester 1 school report.
» Find out more about the GUESTS Program
http://www.griffith.edu.au/pathways/guests-program/what-can-i-study (for external courses)
Griffith Engineering Program
Applications open until 20 June
Griffith's accelerated engineering program offers high-achieving students the chance to complete a recognised first year Griffith engineering course (subject) while studying Year 11 and 12 and get a head start on their degree.
Year 11 students will start in Semester 2, 2014, with the program offered at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.
» Find out more about the Griffith Engineering Program

Architectural Design Workshop
10-11 July, Gold Coast
Griffith Architecture is holding a two-day design workshop for high school students who are interested in studying architecture. Participants will work in the Griffith Architecture studios and design their own project.
The cost is $220 per student. Griffith University is sponsoring a limited number of places.
» Find out more and register your interest

New Griffith Business School Building
Open for teaching mid-2014
The new Griffith Business School building opens for teaching in mid-2014. This seven-storey, $38 millon facility features Queensland's best equipped trading room. Finance and financial planning students will have access to 12 Bloomberg terminals, giving them the chance to learn through using live stock market data.
Explore the building for yourself at Griffith Open Day on Sunday 10 August, or arrange a tour for your students now by contacting Simone Markham on gbs-undergrad@griffith.edu.au.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Building a social network for the home - an app for house sharing and use of technology.

University of Melbourne students and graduates have collaborated on a new smartphone app for iOS and Android that helps make share-housing a success.

Fairshare, cofounded by Jules Malseed-Harris and Oliver May, is an app that helps flatmates organise household tasks, split expenses and easily communicate with each other. 
Although launched in February this year, the idea for Fairshare developed over several years.
While completing an Economics and Management degree in 2004, CEO and cofounder Jules Malseed-Harris moved into a house with fellow students. After a few years of living together, he and his housemates found chores difficult to manage. They decided to try and make a system that would solve share-housing issues and help make tasks such as cleaning or making dinner more enjoyable.
“The app helps you organise and manage the communal tasks of cooking, cleaning and shopping,” he said.
“The app keeps track of all the house finances surrounding rent, bills and shopping. It has a house feed where all that information flows and allows people to have a private social network with their housemates,” he said. 
Fairshare users are able to earn points for doing various tasks around the house and record different house expenses.
“As some people have observed, there’s a lot of basic first year microeconomics ideas in the app, in terms of incentive structures and transparency. It’s ultimately about aligning individual incentives with the overall household, which is something I studied at Melbourne.”
Current Bachelor of Science student Alex McLeod balances his studies with his role of Chief Technology Officer at Fairshare. “For me, a great deal of the technical skills required to create the app were learnt in my studies here at the University,” Alex said.
“If there was one thing I would want to convey, it’s that people should definitely consider studying software engineering, computing or anything like that, because the opportunities are huge. It’s a great industry to be in, and there’s a massive shortage of people doing it.”
The team can track the success of their app based on the number of users, which has been growing very quickly and is now approaching 10,000 registered users. 
You can also download the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Melbourne University Future Students

All events for future students
For a full list of all events for future students, go to:
Meet Melbourne around Australia
We will also be visiting cities across Australia over the next few months to give you the chance to learn about our courses, housing options, entry pathways, scholarships and course costs.
Register now
Find out when we’ll be visiting a capital city near you:

Melbourne University Law

The Melbourne JD Showcase is a one-day program specifically designed for school students who are interested in pursuing law at university.
Our expert teachers will hold master classes on areas of law that your students have always wanted to know more about. Program highlights include:
·         So Sue Me! What is a Negligence action all about?
·         Interactive Dispute Resolution case
·         Refugee Law
·         The Environment who is responsible for contamination?
Wednesday 2 July 2014
9:30am to 3:30pm
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Under 18's Event in Cairns - "School's Out Party"