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, 4 December 2014


QTAC assistance will be available to assist students till 23 December 40373867 then from 5th to 8th January in Cairns. A Senior Guidance Officer will be available from 8th  January for first round offers. Please call 40373801 to speak with this officer.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

I Wanna B - New Career Videos and TV Show

‘I Wanna B' is all about careers. Vibrant Student Edge presenters get inside every profession under the sun by talking to the people who actually do them!

When students are looking for their first ideal job,  I Wanna B gives them all the information they need to research and make the best choices.

The Student Edge videos explore training institutions and universities to find out just what it takes, from beginning to end, to become anything from a Police Officer to a School Teacher. It’s a valuable resource and we highly recommend it to you.

To view I Wanna B, click here

The Hotel School Cairns

The Hotel School Cairns is taking applications for the December intake of its entry level program - Certificate III in Hospitality

Classes commence on Monday 8th December 2014

This qualification has been designed to meet the needs of people who wish to gain employment within the hospitality industry.
Work Placement
All Hotel School Cairns students undertaking this program must complete 36 shifts. We assist students to gain work placements. To further develop confidence with interviews we also embed resumé writing, interview role plays and presentation tips as part of the program.
Delivery Mode
Classroom and workplace
Next Intake
Monday 8th December 2014
Week 1: Monday 8th December to Friday 12th December 2014
Week 2: Monday 15th December to Friday 19th December 2014
Week 3: Monday 12th January to Friday 16th January 2015
Week 4: Monday 19th January to Friday 23rd January 2015
Term 1 of School Term: Monday mornings 9.30am - 1pm
Student Contribution Fee
Concessional: $150.00 per person
Non-concessional: $450.00 per person

Please note, applicants for the Certificate III subsidised program need to meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be aged 15 years and above and no longer at school.
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents residing in Queensland.
  • Applicants must not hold, or be currently enrolled in a Certificate III or higher qualification, not including qualifications completed at school.
  • Applicants need to contribute to the cost of training, through a student contribution fee.

Student Contribution Fee
Non concessional: $450 per person
Concessional: $150.00 per person

Please visit http://www.sejumi.edu.au/Certificate-3-Guarantee-Program.38.0.html
for clarification of concessional student status.

Graduates of this program may apply to enter the Diploma level of the Hotel School Cairns in 2015

The University of Melbourne - Residential college applications closing soon

The University's residential colleges offer a supportive, social and academically enriching environment for those studying at Melbourne.

Choosing a college is a personal choice for students, so the university encourages you to find out as much as possible before applying. By visiting the colleges, you can better understand the unique way of life offered by the colleges, and find out which one is better aligned with your needs and interests.

If you are considering living at a residential college, please select your college of first preference from the list of colleges that are still accepting applications, and apply prior to the closing date in December.

Applications are to be made online.

More information: colleges.unimelb.edu.au

Thye University of Melbourne - Pop Song Writing Bootcamp

Behind every good pop song is a skilled songwriter, and this intensive course is perfect for aspiring songwriters who dream of a career in the music industry.

Students will receive valuable feedback from an experienced and professional tutor who will help improve and develop students’ song writing practice. Suitable for students aged 16 and over.

Dates:  Monday 19 January – Friday 23 January 2015

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Earlybird enrolments close Monday 8 December.

Enrolments close Wednesday 14 January (unless sold out prior).

For further details on these programs and other shortcourses held throughout the year, visit:


Summer School programs at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Summer School programs at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music give students a chance to train and work with experienced, engaging staff.

Visual Art Summer School

The VCA Visual Art Summer School provides a special opportunity for young people (ages 15 – 20) with an interest in contemporary visual art to explore and develop their own artwork at a level that suits their individual needs.

With streams in both painting and drawing, this four-day program is perfect for those embarking on VCE study in visual art and those aspiring to pursue tertiary study at the VCA or elsewhere.

Dates: Tuesday 13 January – Friday 16 January 2015

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Earlybird enrolments close Tuesday 2 December.

Enrolments close Thursday 8 January (unless sold out prior).

Theatre Summer School

The VCA’s week-long Theatre Summer School workshops cover all aspects of acting and theatre making for ages 15 - 20. The days start with voice and movement training followed by afternoon classes in the students chosen stream:

  • Body Talk – Physical Theatre and Ensemble Performance
  • Exploration of Impro
  • Much Ado About Something
  • Soap Up – from Ramsey Street to Summer Bay
  • Theatre Making
  • VCE Drama Unit 3

Dates: Monday 19 January – Friday 23 January 2015

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Earlybird enrolments close Monday 8 December. Enrolments close Wednesday 14 January (unless sold out prior).

The University of Melbourne - Diploma in General Studies

The Diploma in General Studies (DIGS) is a guaranteed pathway into the University of Melbourne Bachelor of Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments and Science*.

The Diploma in General Studies is a one year full-time course that can also be taken part-time over two years or as single subject units. The diploma gives students time to strengthen their academic skills and experience university study in a supported environment before committing to a university degree. Students can access the DiGS program at Dookie, Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton, Wangaratta or Wodonga and inexpensive student accommodation is available at our Dookie campus.

Scholarships of up to $5000 may also be available to students to assist with study and costs of living.

Find out more at:


* Guaranteed entry based on requisite scores and eligibility for Access Melbourne.

The Univeristy of Melbourne International student consultations

Year 12 international students can book an individual 30-minute consultation to talk with friendly University staff about their study options, their VTAC application and our international support services.

These sessions run every Tuesday and Wednesday between 2pm and 5pm until 17 December.  Interested students are required to register online.

VCE Summer School - The University of Melbourne

VCE Summer School, held at the University (12 - 23 January) is a full-time two week program including classes, seminars and one-on-one tutorials in VCE subjects. For each subject students are given a detailed subject booklet outlining the requirements of the subject as well as practical study hints and examples.

Students will also be treated to a program of activities, workshops and excursions in order to promote a healthy study-life balance.

Bursaries are available to students experiencing financial difficulty.

Applications for the VCE Summer School close at 5pm Friday 5 December 2014.


The University of Melbourne Online Course Information Day

Online Course Information Day gives students and their parents a chance to learn more about their study options, even if they can’t come and meet us in person.
Your students and their parents can log in and receive personalised advice about our undergraduate courses, pathways to graduate study, scholarships and special entry schemes.
Date: Thursday 18 December 2014
Time: 11.00am – 9.00pm
Location: Online
To register:        
For more information
13 MELB (13 6352)

The University of Melbourne Student Support

As part of the transition to University, students will meet one-on-one with a specialist Student Connect adviser to talk about what uni’s all about, and to assist with the transition through and beyond university.

Together with their adviser, students will develop an action plan to ensure they are on track to achieving their goals – and having fun along the way!

Learn more about the services and facilities available to students here.

The University of Melbourne Enrolment and Academic Advice Day

Enrolling and making informed subject choices are important steps in the transition to university.

Round 1 VTAC offers are released on Monday 19 January 2015. The University of Melbourne will then email students with information about how to accept their offer and enrol in their course.

Academic Advice Day

With 2000 subjects to choose from, students might feel a little overwhelmed trying to put together their study plan. That’s where Academic Advice Day comes in. Students get all the information they need to plan their first year’s enrolment. Students can even meet with a faculty adviser one-on-one to discuss their subjects and make sure they have enrolled correctly.

Academic Advice Day 1 will be held on Friday 23 January for domestic undergraduate students accepting Round 1 offers through VTAC, and Thursday 19 February for domestic students accepting Round 2 offers through VTAC and all international undergraduate students.

More information on Academic Advice Day for students commencing in Semester 1 2015 is available on the website.