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.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

QUT - Queensland University of Technology Update

Subject selection event
Students can find out which Year 11 and 12 subjects will best prepare them for successful studies at QUT at the Year 10 Subject Selection Evening for STEM careers on Thursday 30 April. The event includes information sessions, a mini careers fair with current QUT students and tours of the Science and Engineering Centre.
Parent Information Seminars
Senior high school students and their parents can find out about making course and career decisions, gaining entry to QUT, student life, transition, support for students, and study costs and financial support at QUT's Parent Information Seminars on Wednesday 6 May (Gardens Point campus) or Wednesday 20 May (Caboolture campus).
New teaching laboratories for health science students
A $28 million refurbishment of Q block labs at Gardens Point campus has recently been completed. The high-performance laboratories and clinical simulation facilities integrate new technologies and the latest industry equipment offering opportunities for advanced practice and learning for health science students.
QUT Open Day—Sunday 26 July
QUT Open Day is the best opportunity for students to find the answers to all their questions about courses, careers and uni life. Students can check the program and register now for Open Day to win a MacBook Air. We’ve also created a flyer about Open Day that you can download to include in your school newsletter, email for students, or in a PowerPoint slide for classes.
Experience QUT for international students
International high school students who are interested in studying at QUT can attend Experience QUT on Thursday 18 June. This fun event will give students the chance to experience interactive workshops, mock lectures, tour the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses and meet our faculty and admissions staff. Students can register and attend for a chance to win an Apple iPad Air 2.
IT and engineering events
Three upcoming events offer students the chance to explore IT and engineering careers: the Engineering Link Project on 8-10 July, BiG Day In on 23 July and QUT Power of Engineering on 4 August.
Bridging courses to meet subject requirements
QUT bridging courses help students who haven't studied specific subjects at school to meet the assumed knowledge for QUT courses and may also meet prerequisite requirements for other institutions. Registrations for the next intake for chemistry and maths B courses close on 17 June and 7 July respectively. Students can enrol in the physics course any time and complete it online.
Fashion and visual arts events
Years 9–12 students can attend a free fashion masterclass during Term 3, in conjunction with an exhibition showcasing designer tutus from the Australian Ballet. Career + Study Pathways is a series of panel discussions for middle to senior students interested in pursuing a career in the areas of visual art and fashion, held during July and August at various venues.
Microscope photography competition
Years 10-12 students are invited to enter the QUT Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition and showcase the beauty and complexity of life through a light microscope. Students can win a $500 science experience prize pack. Entries are due by 10 July 2015 and a small number of microscopes are available for loan for schools who might not have suitable equipment.

Home Economics Teaching course - CQU

CQUniversity is now the only university in Queensland offering a dedicated Home Economics/Hospitality pathway to secondary teaching. In 2014, the School of Education and the Arts at CQUniversity launched its new nationally accredited Bachelor of Education (Secondary) initial pre-service teacher education degree that offers a fully distance education pathway in either full-time or part-time modes.
The CQU program is a four-year program with residential schools for the Home Economics practical discipline subjects such as Food Studies and Textiles and Fashion. These practical residential courses and the practicum placements were previously offered only in Rockhampton. However, CQU is now planning that from 2016 onwards, the residential schools and the practicum placements will also be offered in Brisbane.
CQUniversity will offer the Home Economics/Hospitality pathway as an online program:
  • The program of 32 courses, of which 15 focus on Home Economics, will be delivered via distance education with an online site for each course. In addition to the on-line course materials, distance delivery for all education courses includes on-line classes in real-time via Blackboard Collaborate for student engagement.
  • Four of the six Home Economics discipline studies courses are supplemented with intensive face-to-face residential schools, available in both Brisbane and Rockhampton.
  • Professional placements will be in schools in and around Brisbane as well as Rockhampton.
  • In addition to the Home Economics/Hospitality pathway, students choose a second teaching discipline area from a wide range on offer at CQU.
 Studying Home Economics through CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has the benefits of:
  •  flexible study options allowing study by distance education but with important face-to-face components for practical skills and professional placements in schools
  •   a dedicated Home Economics/Hospitality pathway that includes residential schools in both Brisbane and Rockhampton for intensive hands-on practical experiences
  •  a program that includes studies in food and nutrition, textiles and fashion and family studies
  • the availability of trade-to-teacher pathways, providing the opportunity to apply for recognition of prior learning
  • professional placements in schools local to the student’s home base.
For further information about the degree, please contact Jenny in the Guidance Office, or Dr Bill Blayney at Central Queensland University.

2015 Cairns Secondary School Transition Expo

The 2015 FNQ SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSITION EXPO will be held at the Cairns Colonial Club 30 July.

Campus Quest University Game

Curtin University has developed an online game called ‘Campus Quest’ designed to provide students with an overview of what to expect at university. Students learn how to manage their time, money, assessments and social lives ‘to have fun, get good marks and make friends along the way'.

If your students are thinking about going to university, then this game will arm them with enough information to tackle the most challenging problems they might face in university life. It’s free to use and particularly useful for students living in regional areas who may not be able to visit a university campus. Anyone with an internet connection can play .... Click to start.

The University of Melbourne

Get a 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 9-10 July.
UniExperience gives students the opportunity to experience university life first-hand. The two-day program offers a range of sessions covering all aspects of tertiary study, including:
  • on-site accommodation and meals at one of the University’s residential colleges
  • guided campus tours
  • detailed information on course offerings
  • 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 students.
COST: $100 (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
Please see the Guidance Officer for further information
Melbourne University newsletter for interested students
My Melbourne is our monthly newsletter for future students. It’s a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening at the University and find out all about the opportunities available to our students.
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Melbourne University Career Stories
Prominent University of Melbourne alumni discuss their career journeys, their time at Melbourne and offer valuable advice in a series of new videos covering Arts, Science, Music and Environments.
To read more about this story go to:
National Youth Science Forum 2016
Are you in Year 11 and studying science?
Online expressions of interest to attend the National Youth Science Forum 2016 are now open:
  • interested in a career in science, technology and engineering
  • planning to do a science, technology or engineering course at an Australian university
  • an Australian Citizen or has permanent residency status
  • achieving good marks in science, but also has other interests and skills
Applicants don’t need to be at the top of the science class, as long as they can demonstrate an obvious passion and commitment to science subjects and a broad range of interests, both extra-curricular and academic.
Please note: A student's application must be endorsed by a local Rotary Club as part of the application process.
Brochures are available by emailing nysf@nysf.edu.au  or go to www.nysf.edu.au to learn more.
Events for future students: Focus on Melbourne
Focus on Melbourne offers students, parents and teachers the chance to take a closer look at our courses.
This seminar series is hosted on campus and includes every undergraduate course at Melbourne. You’ll find out about:          
  • specific courses, majors and degree structures
  • pathways to further study
  • employment prospects after graduation and our impressive graduate outcomes
  • entry requirements and how to apply
  • the unique Melbourne Experience
Register now
To view the full Focus on Melbourne schedule and register, go to:

CQU - Central Queensland University Update

NEW CQUniversity Cairns Campus
CQUniversity is expanding its presence in Cairns with a full-sized, multi-story CBD campus currently under construction, to be operational by Term Two, 2015.
Located on the corner of Abbott and Shield Streets, the multi-million dollar campus will attract thousands of domestic and international students, create over 50 jobs, and generate an economic spin-off worth almost one-quarter of a billion dollars to the local economy.
New campus facilities will include engineering labs; research facilities; high tech classrooms; theatres and teaching spaces; meeting rooms; library; student recreational and social spaces; and staff offices.

Mid Year Information Session

Join us at our upcoming mid year information session and have your questions answered by our friendly staff.
Date: Thursday, 14 May 2015
Time: 4 pm - 7 pm
Location: Various CQUniversity locations and online

CQUniversity Cairns Open Day
Date: Saturday, 29 August 2015
Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Venue: CQUniversity Cairns, Corner of Abbott and Shield Streets