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.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Defence Force Information Session

The Navy, Army and Air Force are recruiting for positions that offer great pay, an active lifestyle, nationally recognised training and a whole lot of adventure.

With over 200 careers available, you'll be able to find one that matches your skills, interest and education.

Attend the next Information Session
Date: Wednesday 7th December
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Defence Force Recruiting, 55 Lake Street, Cairns 4870
To book your seat, call 13 19 01 or register below..
Download the event flyer here.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The 2017 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships

The 2017 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 5th December and close on Friday 6th January 2017.

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships are one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over three years.

Information about the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship and an application form are available at www.hawkerscholarship.org or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees on 08 8127 1654.

The Charles Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier and pastoralist Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected statesmen.

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships have been presented by Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC, South Australian Premier Hon Jay Weatherill MP, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Hawker family member Hon David Hawker AO and former Governor-General The Hon Major General Michael Jeffery AC.

The scholarships are available to all Australian students. The majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university study.

Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. Undergraduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

CQU Vocal Boot Camp

The following information is from CQU:
We use our voices to communicate every single day but those of us who use it in business, make presentations or speak at important meetings, underestimate how critically important our voice actually is – the pitch, the volume, the tone, the pace, even the very bio-the mechanics of it.

During this workshop you will develop a wide range of strong physical movements without tension for optimal vocal output. You’ll learn the secrets to breathing control and endurance as demonstrated by effective speakers who present with a well aligned upright posture, deep relaxed breathing skills and effective voice production and projection.

The workshop follows a fun, interactive format with audio-visual presentations of essential information complimented by a wide range of practical and functional voice activities which will teach you;
 ·                   how different sounds of your voice can be produced and manipulated for a range of presentation interactions
·                   optimal ways to posture your body to breathe efficiently and effectively to support your voice
·                   easy strategies to enhance the health of your voice
·                   the secrets of successful public speakers and how you can present as well as they do

 When:    December 6th
                  9am – 12.30pm
Venue:   Room 3.54, 3rd Floor
                  CQUniversity Cairns
                  Cnr Abbott & Shields St
Cost:        $250 (inc GST)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

TAFE - Cert II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways

TAFE North is offering Certificate 2 in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways in both Cairns and Townsville.

A certificate contributes 4 credits towards the QCE. A certificate can contribute towards the 12 credits of core as well.

Information about state-subsidised services for post school training

For some early leavers and Year 12 completers, the transition is smooth, while others face challenges finding the right pathway.

With this in mind, the Department of Education and Training is offering a service to all school leavers to provide them with information on State-subsidised programs and services, including Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects.

Students can register their interest by texting YES to 0476 850 648 to receive monthly text prompts in 2017. This will help keep students in touch with training opportunities. Students will also have the option to request more individualised information, as well as being able to opt out from the service at any time.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

University of Melbourne Careers Update

Please see the latest University of Melbourne Careers Update information at this link.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

QTAC Offer information

2016 Qld Year 12 students applying for courses not requiring their Year 12 results will start to receive their tertiary study offers from midday, Friday 18 November 2016.

·         You should remember that this is the first day that you can receive such an offer. If you don't get an offer on this date, then you may through the coming months:
Some offers will be made between the release of Year 12 results and the 16 January offer round date to courses not requiring you to compete for a place.

·         Some offers in courses will be made on their major offer round date.

·         Most offers in courses will be made on their major offer round date.

·         Check our Course offer dates page to find out when your institution will make offers.

Go to your Application Services account to check your application status.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Aust Federal Police recruitment opportunity

The Australian Federal Police are currently seeking applications from young Indigenous people for their Directions Program https://www.afp.gov.au/careers/directions-program-traineeship

Trainees complete a 1 year well-paid period ($53K p.a.) based in Canberra, achieving a Cert IV in Government and Management.  First year graduates earn $60K.  They are non-sworn positions i.e. they’re support officer roles and graduates get to move around in 10 or so specialised units including: forensics, K9s/Dogs, media, social media, operational command centres.  They also have several bases in overseas countries – the opportunities are endless.
Information has been e-mailed to yr 12 Indigenous students and also their families.
Please see Jenny I you are interested as someone may be able to come to the school to assist students with applications.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Art & Design Education Resource Guide

Please see the following list of links for social media for ADERG


The content is organised here by subject.




The content is organised here by university/college.

A browser's delight.


Twitter will be used to notify about open days, graduate exhibitions as well as share links to ADERG’s other social media platforms.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

TAFE Brisbane

Can you please check with your year 12’s to see if any of them would be interested in any of the apprenticeships listed below?

List of apprenticeships we can help with:
o   Certificate III in Parks and Gardens - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Graphic Prepress) - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Landscape Construction - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Print Finishing) - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Printing) - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Printing and Graphic Arts (Screen Printing) - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Retail Baking (Combined) – Apprenticeship
o   Certificate III in Signage - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Sports Turf Management - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Hairdressing - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Retail Baking (Cake and Pastry) - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Hospitality - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Commercial Cookery - Apprenticeship 
o   Certificate III in Retail Baking (Bread) – Apprenticeship

Please see me or Mrs McPhail if you are interesting in these courses.

The University of Queensland Careers Fair

The University of Queensland would like to invite you to our annual UQ Careers Fair.

2017 UQ Careers Fair
Wednesday, 22 March
Time: 10am-2pm
Venue: UQ Centre (#27A), St Lucia, Brisbane

 The UQ Careers Fair is the largest university career fair in Queensland, allowing employers to showcase their graduate opportunities and branding their organisation to UQ students. 

The UQ’s Career Fair attracts over 4,500 students eager to ask questions and find out about your organisation and job opportunities. This year we will have a fashion show of business attire, interactive workshops and presentations to create a more interactive event.

Registrations are now open via our online student job portal, StudentHub. Use the links below to sign up for StudentHub (free of charge) or login with your existing login details.

For further information, please contact Nicky Spijkerman.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The University of Southern Queensland

Discover a different side of yourself with USQ. With flexible online and on-campus study options, over 107 degrees, and lecturers and support staff who genuinely care about seeing you succeed, it's time you consider university in 2017.

It's time to unleash your Fearless - a state of being when you combine knowledge and belief, replace doubt with confidence, and uncertainty with ambition. It's what you'll become with the University of Southern Queensland - Australia's number one university for graduate employability.

If you want to find out how you could fit study and uni in around your life, you can explore our FAQs, email us at study@usq.edu.au, or connect with us on Facebook.

Yours Fearlessly,
The USQ Team
study@usq.edu.au | 1800 269 500

Monday, 5 September 2016

Individual consultation sessions for INternational students in year 12 at The University of Melbourne

Are you an international student and visiting Melbourne soon?
From 20 September until the end of November 2016, International students can make an appointment to speak to staff about their study options, get advice about their VTAC application and find out about the University's international support services. 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm, international students studying in Year 12 can book a twenty minute consultation session with one of our friendly University staff members at: http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/consultations-yr12.

Holiday program at Sejumi College

The school holidays are nearly here and you can sit around and chill out, but why not take the opportunity to get a head start before you go back to school. Our program is interactive; designed to keep you thinking; and best of all it's funded by the Queensland Government VETiS initiative, which means that the only cost to you is effort.
Course dates:
Block #1: Monday 26th to Friday 30th September
Block #2: Monday 12th December to Friday 16th December
You need to attend both blocks.
Eligibility: You must be enrolled in Years 10 or 11 to be eligible for this program. If you are in Year 12 call us, as we may have other suitable programs.
Applications close:
5pm Monday 12th September

Only 12 students will be accepted for this program

JCU Indigenous Centre Open Night

The Indigenous Centre staff on the Cairns Campus is hosting an Information Evening. And everyone is welcome to attend!
This is a great opportunity for you to meet with staff to discuss your preferences and the QTAC process if you are thinking about or planning to study.
We will be talking about pathways, scholarships, ITAS, accommodation and academic support services available to assist you with your studies.
You will be able to talk one-on-one with centre staff about specific degrees and subject prerequisites.
Please register if you are interested in attending at this link:  http://alumni.jcu.edu.au/ATSIEventsCns

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Aviation Australia is pleased to announce they will be inviting applications for their School to Work Pathway for Aircraft Line Maintenance commencing in 2017.

We would love you to encourage your current Year 10’s to consider this exclusive program- the first of its kind in Australia and an excellent opportunity to secure an Apprenticeship in the industry.

A launch evening for parents and students will be held for further information:

When:                  Tuesday 30th August 2016
Where:                Aviation Australia, General Aviation 1 Tom McDonald Dr Cairns Airport
Time:                    6-7pm
RSVP:                    cindy.perry@det.qld.gov.au or 07 4037 3987

Please see Mr Crotty in K Block, Mrs McPhail in the Senior Pathways Office or Jenny in the Senior School Guidance Office if you any questions.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Relocation assistance for regional and remote students

Regional and remote students have always faced significant barriers when accessing tertiary education in the major cities.  Student Relocation Solutions is an organisation which focuses on providing these students with support and tools to assist with the challenge of moving to Brisbane for university.
An overview of our services can be viewed on their website: www.studentrelocation.com.au
Please have a look at this web site if you are considering moving to Brisbane and need assistance with accommodation.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Sejumi College information night

Sejumi College in Cairns has an information night on August 30th. Please click on this link for information on what is on offer at the college. Students can complete year 11 and 12 through the college and/or complete Certificate II and III courses.

Sejumi also offers transition year courses for students who do not want to go directly to university from school.

Monday, 8 August 2016

5 ways the Australian workforce must change

Please click on this link to read a short article titled "5 ways the Australian workforce must change, according to Bernard Salt".

Sunday, 31 July 2016

10 Tips For Preventing Burnout

The following article is from the Generation Next Blog. Click on the link for the full article

Burnout occurs when a person has experienced prolonged and excessive stress. It builds up over time, and the individual may find themselves:
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Physically and emotionally exhausted
  • Isolating self from others
  • Forgetting why you do your job, de-motivated
  • Questioning themselves
  • Experiencing an increase in illness/aches and pains
  • Having an increasingly cynical and negative outlook
While many of us feel some of these things from time to time, if it is all-encompassing it may be burn out. The good news is, there are things that can be done to treat and to prevent burn out.

Read the full article on the Generation Next blog 

Sleep And Technology: 10 Golden Rules

With the final Semester in play for our year 12 students,  while school, work and socialising are important, it is essential to sleep. Please see the following article and link which are from the Generation Next Blog.

As many young adults now own a smartphone or tablet, there is a wealth of information at their fingertips and a limitless supply of social media messages, games, music and TV intruding into the sleep cycle.

Evidence suggests that social media and smartphones can have a negative impact on our health with increased smartphone use associated with poor sleep outcomes, and higher scores on depression and anxiety scales (Demirci, Akgonul & Akpinar,2015).

As we snuggle up in the warmth of bed, our IT use can even promote the illusion of unwinding for bedtime as we play candy crush, check Facebook, listen to music or read. This can be a problem as circadian rhythms alter as young people mature, meaning they are inclined to sleep less, and our IT use can interfere with this process making healthy sleep patterns even harder to establish.

Read the full article at the Generation Next blog »

Plan My Gap Year

The following information has been forwarded from "Plan My Gap Year" for students:

Plan My Gap Year (PMGY) is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide the world’s most affordable, need-driven and supportive short-term volunteer programmes in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Our programmes start from just two weeks in duration right up to six months. You can join us throughout the year as we have two start dates per month.

So if you’re looking to travel on your vacation period, or even take a gap year to explore the world – you should consider volunteering abroad and doing something really special during your travels. We have a range of opportunities to suit people of all backgrounds and interests. Check out our website and start your adventure today – www.planmygapyear.co.uk'

This is a video overview of our setup in Sri Lanka and it gives a really great overview of how we work - https://vimeo.com/171630276

ADF Work Experience

A couple of Defence work experience placements are coming up in August and there are still positions available. The Australian Defence Force have asked that we provide the following information to our students:

3 Combat Engineer Regiment (Mechanic & Logistics roles) - 15th - 19th August - Lavarack Barracks, Townsville

Placement focusses on the roles of Mechanics and Logistics personnel in Army.

An 'all-round' type placement that will expose students to many aspects of the Army working conditions and lifestyle.

Interested students can find further information and apply online via this link:3CER Mechanic/Logistics

4 Regiment (Artillery) - 22nd - 26th August - Lavarack Barracks, Townsville 

Placement focusses on Artillery (big guns!) and students will have an opportunity to travel to High Range to watch artillery live fire, as well as gaining great understanding of the Army lifestyle and working conditions.

Interested students can find further information and apply online via this link: 4Regt Artillery

Please note that for students outside of the Townsville area, we cannot assist with travel and accommodation, so their parent/guardian would need to be willing and able to organise these aspects.

If you would like further information about these opportunities, please don't hesitate to contact me.

The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

The following information has been forwarded from The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE):
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) offers bachelor degrees in sport, fitness, health, science, community health, dance and physical education. Established in 1917, our vision is to continue to be recognised as a leading national provider of innovative career education in sport, physical activity and health. ACPE's bachelor degrees and graduate diplomas are nationally accredited programs. ACPE is a private higher education institution registered with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) and part of Study Group Australia. Study amongst the sporting elite on our new purpose-built campus in the mecca of sports excellence, Sydney Olympic Park. The campus has brand-new facilities and equipment, including multipurpose indoor sports courts, state-of-the-art dance studios, an expanded gymnasium and heaps more! 

Click here to find out more

ADF Careers Breakfast

The aim of the Annual Defence Force Careers Breakfast is to raise awareness of career opportunities with the Defence Forces.
In order to place a deposit with the Rydges Hotel, bookings and payment must be finalised by
9th August 2016.  The Rydges Hotel can only cater for 160 persons, hence we urge you to book early.
Details are as follows: -
DATE:              12th August 2016
TIMES:             8.30 am Registration
                         9.00 am – 11.00 am Breakfast and Guest Speakers
VENUE:            Rydges Tradewinds Hotel, The Esplanade, Cairns       
TOPIC:             Careers Opportunities within the Australian Defence Force.
COST:              $28.00 per person – includes breakfast and Certificate of Attendance (Tax Invoice can be provided if required)
Please note students must be under the supervision and care of teaching staff during the morning.  Students must have mobile phones switched off or on ‘silence’ throughout the Breakfast.
Certificates of attendance will be organised for those requesting them.  These will be mailed after the event.  Could teachers please provide a NEATLY PRINTED OR TYPED LIST OF NAMES on the morning.
There will be Raffle Prizes sponsored by local business houses.  Please encourage students to bring some extra money to support raffle as proceeds are used to donate to HEADSPACE (Support Youth Mental Health)
This year 50% of proceeds will go to HEADSPACE

Information from QTAC

Please see the following information from QTAC:
QTAC has a remedy... desktop notifications.
Do your students suffer from Fear Of Missing Out?
Our new desktop notification system is the perfect solution.
Simply ask your students to go to www.qtac.edu.au (on both their home and school computers) and select the bell symbol in the bottom right hand corner.
By subscribing, they'll receive the latest key dates and information vital to their QTAC application.
They won't need to visit our website, we'll deliver messages straight to them.
Never have a student worried about missing out again. Ask them to subscribe today.

Please note: Desktop notifications is available on Chrome and Safari browsers only.

UQ Young Scholars Program

The University of Queensland is once again delighted to offer students the opportunity to participate in the Young Scholars Program (YSP).

Designed to nurture and develop our future leaders, the 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 2016-2017 UQ Young Scholars Program involves:
  • A five-day (four night) Residential Camp at the St Lucia Campus
  • (Sunday 27 November – Thursday 1 December, 2016)
  • A YSP Reunion at UQ Open Day (Sunday 6 August, 2017)
  • Online engagement activities and networking through the exclusive YSP Facebook group
  • YSP Newsletters
During their participation in the Program, UQ Young Scholars are challenged to think critically about today’s major global issues and are exposed to a wide range of potential study areas and career opportunities. They will engage in discussions and collaborative forums in group settings and enjoy a range of complementary social, sporting and cultural activities.

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.

Information on applying for the program can be found online at https://young-scholars.uq.edu.au/.

Completed applications must be received by 4:00pm Friday, 12 August 2016. 

University of the Sunshine Caost Open Day

Information about the University of the Sunshine Coast open day (7th August) can be found at this link.

Careers in STEM

An infographic about careers in STEM from the University of Melbourne can be found at this link.

The University of Southern Queensland – USQ

If you're thinking about studying next year at USQ, spending time at a  USQ Open Day will help you find out how ready you are. USQ is holding Open Days at each of their three campuses in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Springfield so you can explore the place, and meet the people.
What can you expect?
Each event, like each campus, will be slightly different...
  • at  USQ Toowoomba, you can immerse yourself in Arts, see Engineering in Action and tour our Residential Colleges.
  • at USQ Ipswich, our Health and Wellbeing campus, you can see our simulated ambulance and emergency training labs or join our interactive 'whole-of-life' health demonstration.
  • at USQ Springfield, you can take part in a live TV broadcast in our state-of-the-art media centre and get hands-on with Engineering.
At each event, you'll have the opportunity to speak with current students about their USQ experience and be inspired at our Future Talks.
Unsure of your study direction?
If you're not sure what to study to get where you want to go, you can book a Career Explorer Consultation with a Career Development Practitioner, for some personal advice at the Career Explorer Booth.
If you know what you want to study, but you're still not ready to make the commitment, meeting the academics and support staff that will be there beside you throughout your USQ degree, may be just what you need to get you over the line. You can even apply on the day!
Check out the activities and plan your Open Day. You can  register for each session you want to attend or just for the day in general, but you'll go in the draw to win a $1000 gift card!