Disclaimer

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.








Sunday, 14 June 2015

Young Leaders Program @ Sejumi Institute Cairns

The Young Leaders Program
This program is ideal for students enrolled in Year 11 of high school. It offers a great opportunity to meet other students from in and around the Cairns region, while studying towards a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (BSB42015). Not only can this program add to a student's portfolio, it can also provide an alternative pathway to university and contribute 7 points towards the QCE.
Duration: 12 months
Commences: Term 3, 2015
Classes: Thursdays - during school term 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Venue: Sejumi Institute 36 Abbott Street Cairns

Applications close:19 June 2015
Visit: http://sejumi.edu.au/Young-Leader-Program.17.0.html

Global Academy of Fitness

Global Academy of Fitness offers graduates a competitive edge when entering the workforce, with both fitness and business qualifications. Leveraging the relationship with Flight Centre Training Group-owned Healthwise Gyms, GAF ensures all students have exposure to business systems in corporate fitness as well as practical experience.

 Visit:
Global Academy of Fitness

Flight Centre Travel Academy

Flight Centre Travel Academy has become the travel and tourism industry’s training provider of choice. FCTA’s industry-experienced trainers help students gain nationally recognised qualifications and skills to become job-ready on completion of their qualification.


Visit Flight Centre Travel Academy 

Business @ ACU


Passion for Business (P 4 B)
ACU’s new Passion For Business (P 4 B) program is not just about OPs - it’s about providing a unique opportunity for students with a passion for business. This program offers qualifying Year 12 students an early guaranteed* offer into an ACU (undergraduate) Business course of their choice. The P4B program also includes mentoring, financial, network and training support to give successful candidates a head start in a career they love.


To be eligible, students must have completed, or currently be completing, at least one business subject in years 11 and/or 12. Application is online and will be assessed on the basis of the student’s business subjects, as well as a 200 - 300 word submission detailing their interests, long-term career goals and the reasons why they want to be part of the program.
Applications will be open between 1 June—31 August 2015.

Details and registration www.acu.edu.au/P4B

*subject to meeting minimum 55 ATAR/ 18 OP requirements and a Year 12 pass in English.

University Experience @ Australian Catholic Universities (ACU) Brisbane Campus


If you’re in Year 10, 11 or 12 and considering uni for when you finish school, then this free event during the school holidays is the perfect time to explore your study options by getting a taste of life as a uni student.
You will participate in interactive activities, hear helpful tips on preparing for university, and choose two workshops from the range of ACU study areas - including nursing, business, paramedicine, education, biomedical science, physiotherapy, exercise science, theology, and lots more!

Secure your spot now and register online at www.acu.edu.au/uni-experience
Will your parent or guardian be dropping you off? Let them know about the parent sessions happening from 10am. Just add their email address when you register and ACU will send them more info.

College of Theatre Practice

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Theatre? If so, please visit: www.collegetheatrepractice.com.au

Young Scholars - The University of Queensland


Designed to nurture and develop our future leaders, the UQ Young Scholars Program presents students with an exciting opportunity for academic extension and enrichment and is centred around igniting young change-makers' passions for leadership, academic achievement and community development in today's global society.

The 2015-2016 UQ Young Scholars Program involves:

  • A five-day (four night) Residential Camp at the St Lucia Campus
    (Sunday 29 November - Thursday 3 December, 2015)
  • A YSP Reunion at UQ Open Day (Sunday 7 August, 2016)
  • Online engagement activities and networking through the exclusive YSP Facebook group
  • YSP Newsletters

To ensure diversity in the Program and to allow each student to make their special contribution, UQ will select nominees from a wide range of schools, backgrounds and interest areas. Financial hardship should not be perceived as a barrier to participation. Program fee waivers and travel bursaries are available for students who are able to provide evidence of financial hardship.


The following link will take you to the UQ Young Scholars Program brochure and Application Guidelines.


Complete applications must be received by 4:00pm Friday, 7 August 2015.

For further information, please visit www.uq.edu.au/youngscholars or contact the UQ Young Scholars Program Coordinator by email at youngscholars@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3365 2835.

JMI Music Information


Open Day:Saturday 4th July in Brisbanne

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance - FEE-HELP Approved

The 3-year Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance is a unique, focussed and performance-based degree.  Delivered by some of Australia's finest jazz musicians and educators, this course has no peer.  Students spend the majority of contact hours in performance-based classes, giving them the opportunity to learn and refine playing skills more than any other institution or university.

For more information regarding JMI's renowned Bachelor course, click here

Diploma of Music (Jazz Performance) - VET FEE-HELP Approved If your earlier studies in music are not sufficient for entry into an undergraduate degree program, this course will help you bridge the knowledge gap. It is an intensive one-year performance program that focuses on the development of the musical skills and theoretical knowledge required for the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

For more information regarding the Diploma program, click here

Certificate III & IV in Music (Performance)

Students can gain up to 8 credit points towards their QCE!
The Certificates III and IV are designed to prepare students for tertiary studies in music as well as give eight credits towards their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education), which may have a positive effect on their OP

Intensive Courses in Mathematics B, Biology or Chemistry - The University of Queensland

UQ College is offering intensive prerequisite courses in Mathematics B, Biology or Chemistry delivered over a four week period in November and December this year. Successful completion of an individual course will satisfy the relevant prerequisite requirements at The University of Queensland. Results will be available for the January QTAC offer round.
To determine suitability for a course it is important that a Student Application Form is completed (available on the UQ College website), and emailed to info@uqcollege.edu.au

Start Dates: Tuesday November 24, 2015 to Saturday December 19, 2015.

Students attend from 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday, with 4 Saturday Tutorials, of which 3 are optional.

Applications Close Friday October 30, 2015.

School of Economics Scholarships for entry in 2016 - University of Queensland


The UQ School of Economics will again be offering 100% tuition fee scholarships to outstanding students wishing to study a Bachelor of Economics in 2016 (or recognised dual degree including Economics). We are offering scholarships to Year 12 Domestic students, Year 12 onshore International students and to Year 12 Indigenous students.

The Internet of Things - New Course at JCU for 2016


The following information has been take rom the James Cook University website:

JCU is the first Australian university to establish a new program in “Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)”, as part of its Bachelor of Engineering. It’s believed that JCU is only the second university in the world to offer such a course.


The Internet of Things is expected to lead to the next revolution in computer technology. It will allow everyday objects to have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, creating radical shifts in the way we apply technologies in our daily lives.


The Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Engineering, Professor Paul Dirks said he’s delighted by the strong interest in the course.


“It confirms the global significance of the Internet of Things and vindicates JCU’s decision to establish such an innovative course.”


“The Internet of Things will create the conditions for a new industrial revolution over the next decade, and JCU is leading the charge on educating the next generation of computer engineers,” Prof Dirks said.


The four-year degree will be offered at JCU’s Cairns campus from 2016. It will combine the study of electrical engineering, wireless communication, software engineering and industrial design.


There’ll be an emphasis on sensor devices, internet technologies, data mining and cloud computing.


It’s the first time a full engineering degree has been offered at the Cairns campus.


JCU will work with industry partners, linking advancements in the Internet of Things to entrepreneurial opportunities. New commercial opportunities focused on the potential of northern Australia and the tropical world will be a special focus.

SUN - Start Uni Now @ Central Queensland University

The CQU SUN (Start Uni Now) program allows students in Year 11 and 12 to study university courses while they are at school. CQU offers some of the courses online so that students can combine the study with regular senior school studies. CQU have an information book which you can have a look at if you are interested. Please visit CQU online at   or see Jenny in the Senior School Guidance Office. Click on this link for more information. Closing date is 29 June, 2015 for 2016 enrolment.

Sports Scholarship - Ski and Snowboard Training


We are pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunity is now open to school leavers with beginner through advanced ski and/or snowboard ability.

EA offer Ski & Snowboard Instructor Internship Programs at top ski resorts around the world. Our programs are popular with school leavers because they provide an opportunity to obtain paid employment at a top resort, whilst completing an internationally recognised ski or snowboard instructing qualification.

This is the fourth year EA Ski & Snowboard have offered a scholarship place. The winner will receive a free place on an EA program for the coming 2015-16 Northern Hemisphere winter season at one of our partner resorts around the globe… that could mean Canada, USA, Japan, or Switzerland!

EA are also offering a number of substantially discounted runner up places.

We would be grateful if you could let students in their final year of school know of this opportunity. We are looking for someone who would be a great ambassador for the snowsports industry, make a good instructor and who is passionate about skiing or snowboarding.

Interested pupils can click here to visit our website for more information and to apply.

Note: Scholarship applicants should have been skiing or snowboarding before and have financial support to pay for flights, gear & insurance (as are not included in the scholarship).


P.s. To learn about the winner of the 2014 EA Instructor Scholarship Emma Ross Smith, click here!

Sample Program Inclusions:

  • A GUARANTEED offer of employment as a Ski or Snowboard Instructor which includes a uniform, a full season pass and discount deals
  • Early season orientation, instructor training and an accommodation package - EA get everything sorted so all you have to do is ski or ride!
  • International instructor association membership and level one ski or snowboard examination
  • Training, support and further qualifications throughout the season
  • Assistance and support with obtaining working holiday visas, flights and insurances (in partnership with STA Travel)
  • An awesome winter season living and working abroad!
Interested pupils can click here to visit our website for more information and to apply.