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, 29 July 2015

ADF 2016 Gap year information

Are you interested in the 2016 Gap Year program with the Australian Defence Force? Applications have reopened for selected Gap Year jobs in the Army and Air Force. This is an amazing opportunity you can experience with an extraordinary Gap year.
Information has been sent to Year 12 students at their school e-mail address regarding the 2016 intake for the ADF Gap Year program.

Ergon Energy Expressions of Interest for 2016 Apprenticeships

As of Friday 31st July 2015 Ergon Energy will be advertising Expressions of Interest for the 2016 Apprenticeship intake. These positions are great opportunities for young people to start their career in a dynamic and ever-changing industry.  Ergon Energy has an award winning apprentice program which opens doors not just within Ergon Energy, but earns them a recognised trade qualification that can take them all over the world.
Ergon Energy is encouraging Year 12 students to visit the Ergon Energy Careers website https://www.ergon.com.au/about-us/careers if they are interested in apprenticeship opportunities.
 Specific apprentice opportunities for 2016 include
  • Electrical Powerline Linesperson (Distribution)
  • Electrical Transmission Linespersons
  • Electrotechnology Electricians
  • Electrotechnology Electricans with AD of Electrical Engineering
  • Communications Technician with AD of Industrial Data Communications
After receiving such a great response in 2015 for the Apprenticeships with an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma, Ergon Energy will be offering these positions again in 2016. These are the new generation of apprentices who have tertiary or university ambitions, who will learn a trade through hands-on practical training as well as completing an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma.
Ergon Energy encourages diversity and strongly encourages female and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants for 2016.  Further information on these opportunities including online testimonials are available on their website.

James Cook University – The Cairns Institute

The newsletter can also be downloaded from the JCU website.

QUT information

New resources on QUT website

There are now additional resources on the QUT website to help students with their decision making and preparation for university. New content includes a dedicated page for current high school students, help making a decision, considering a double degree and moving to Brisbane to study. There are links to all of these resources on the undergraduate study page.

Creative industries courses with additional entry requirements

Creative industries courses with additional entry requirements — such as auditions, portfolio submissions, and interviews — require a separate online application to QUT, in addition to a QTAC application, and have different cut-off dates. Check the application cut-off dates for these courses. Find out also about recent modifications to entry requirements for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Fashion).

Business degree with international year takes off

QUT’s new Bachelor of Business — International, which features a compulsory year of overseas study, is proving a popular choice. Read this news article for information about cut-offs, overseas study options, costs and financial support, and options for students to transfer between this course and the Bachelor of Business.


Careers in maths and science

Students and parents often find it challenging to connect success and enjoyment of science and maths subjects with careers. Our news articles explore a wide range of options available for careers in maths or careers in science, beyond teaching and research.

Upgrading pathways and Bachelor of Justice
Students may need advice about upgrading options to include in their QTAC application if they don’t think they will get the OP for their preferred course. Find out about recommended upgrading pathways to QUT, and specific advice for upgrading to the QUT Bachelor of Justice

2015 FNQ Students with Disabilities Post School Transition Expo – 30 July 2015

Over 30 exhibitors will be in attendance to discuss with parents, students and schools how they can support and assist students post school. The attachment provides further information which schools can disseminate to parents, carers and the wider community

Scholarship: The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT)

AVCAT are pleased to announce that Applications for 2016 Scholarships and Bursaries open on 18th August 2015. 

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education.

Through the help of generous donors AVCAT administers scholarships to the children of those who have served our country in peace and war in the Australian Army, Navy and Airforce.  Scholarship selection is on a need and merit basis.

 AVCAT are also very excited to announce the AVCAT Commemorative Bursary in recognition of 30 years of service to the veteran community. This special bursary is valued at $15,000 and aims to financially assist an Australian veteran’s child as they pursue their university studies.

 All applications are open on 18th August 2015, Vietnam Veterans' Day, and strictly close on 31st October 2015.

In the coming months AVCAT will be posting updates and reminders on Social Media, so please follow them on Facebook  & Twitter.

For more information about AVCAT, please visit their website and if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact AVCAT on 02 9213 7999 or avcat@dva.gov.au.

The AVCAT Team.

University of Southern Queensland

USQ is excited to announce that it will be offering 50 scholarshipsto Year 12 students while completing high school in 2015. TheVice-Chancellor's Principal's Recommendation ScholarshipandFuture Community Leader Scholarshipare offered to students before they receive their OP to assist them with the costs associated with university study. Applications close 28 August 2015.

Digital Media Courses

This year's edition of the Art & Design Education Resource Guide (ADERG) is the essential guide to what and where to study creative arts at a university, TAFE or private college. There are links to every institution's website on the Graduate Showcase page, providing the best and quickest way to browse through your options. The new website can be used by anyone in their search for what and where to study. Download favourite pages to form your own custom research pack.
Digital Media information about courses is available at this link.

Griffith University Open Day

Please see This Link for information about the GU open days at the Gold Coast and Nathan/Mt Gravatt.

Learner Licence Course

The next Learner Licence Program is scheduled for the second week of the school holidays from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October 2015.  This program is open to all Indigenous students 16 years of age and above who are currently at school or who are post-year 12s. Students who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging are encouraged to attend also.

 Students will need to complete the following mandatory documents:

  • Learner Licence Identification Checklist
  • Driver Licence Application/Renewal form
If you do not have sufficient identification (as per the attached pictures and paperwork), the following documents will need to be completed:

  • Queensland Residency Declaration (if unable to provide a bank statement, HCC or parents Pension card, TFN notification advice)
  • Customer Identity Declaration (if student does not have a key card – but school has known the student for more than 12 months, school can complete the verification of identity section)
If you have a medical condition (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, seizures, or any other severe medical conditions), this document will need to be completed by your medical practitioner:

  • Medical Certificate for Motor Vehicle Driver

Seijumi College

Seijumi College has sent schools an invitation for students in Years 10, 11 or 12 to join our Certificate II in Tourism or Certificate II in Hospitality - Wednesday afternoon program.
They have had a few applications, however insufficient to run the course.T hey would like to offer this program to the students who have applied, therefore they are now delaying the start date until 26th August. This will allow time for other students to apply in time for the new start date.
While the programs are focused around tourism or introductory hospitality skills, the students develop additional research, writing and computer skills which have proven to be very beneficial to their school work.
These programs are subsidised by the Queensland Government, subject to meeting the VETiS eligibility requirements, and as such they do not charge the students any contribution fees. All students are supplied with a folder, pencil case, notepad, polo shirt and name badge at no additional cost.
If you feel you would benefit from this program please see Jenny in the Senior School Guidance Office.


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QANTAS School Based Apprenticeship for Indigenous Students

School based traineeship opportunity with QANTAS for yr 10 Indigenous students:

Tax File Numbers

Many students start their first job (and lodge their first tax return) while still studying. This is the easiest way to lodge this tax time.
We’ve prepared the following summary and attached PDF, which the ATO encourage schools to share with students.
Started work? Lodge your tax return withmyTax - it’s easy
  • is the fastest way to lodge
  • is easy to access (via tablet, smart phone or computer)
  • already includes some of your personal information (pre-filled from employers, banks, government agencies and more).*
How to lodge
  • Get your tax file number and your birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate ready.
  • Create a myGov account at my.gov.au
  • Phone the ATO on 13 28 61 and press 5 at the prompt to get your unique linking code.
  • In the myGov Services page, link to the ATO with the unique linking code.
  • Lodge your return through myTax by 31 October.
*Most pre-fill information is available in the last week of July, so it’s easier to wait until then to lodge. Then you only need to review the information, add any missing details and submit.
An e-mail with this information has been sent to school email addresses.

UQ Young Scholars Program

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.

I would appreciate it if you could pass on this information to Year 11 students who you believe will be strong candidates for the UQ Young Scholars Program.

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.