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, 25 February 2016

UQ faculty of Science Virtual Careers Fair

The University of Queensland’s Faculty of Science invites Year 10, 11 and 12 students to attend their virtual careers fair! Each afternoon from March 16-23 2016, UQ lecturers from a range of disciplines are jumping online to talk all things Science. Students can login from school, their phone or from the comfort of their living room and ask our scientists about career options, study paths and life at UQ.
For the full list of sessions and registration information please direct your students to: http://ems.gs/3iGO0kZWZl

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Spot Jobs

Jobseekers can search and filter jobs by location and working conditions, including the time of day they’d like to work and preferences such as working indoors or outdoors, or in a customer-facing role. For students, this means they can focus on study while learning new skills that will help build their careers for the future.
SpotJobs provides an easy-to-use platform that means no matter where you are, or what device you’re using, it's simple to search, apply and get hired.
Check out the SpotJobs website to learn more.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

National Counil of Women in Qld Bursaries

Applications for the 2016 National Council of Women of Queensland Inc. (NCWQ) bursaries are now open. The bursaries are to assist with educational expenses for Queensland women.  Bursaries are available in many fields and women from year 12, to TAFE, bachelor degree and to Masters and PhD levels may be eligible to apply.

Details of all 26 bursaries on offer can be found at http://ncwq.org.au/bursaries

Monday, 15 February 2016

University of Melbourne interstate visitors day

The University of Melbourne would like to invite students to attend their Information Day for interstate students and their families at the Parkville campus on Monday 11 April, 9:00am – 4:30pm.

The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition. The program will also include a campus tour followed by a free lunch at one of the residential colleges and finally a college tour.

Students may want to turn their University of Melbourne experience into a long weekend and take part in one of Melbourne’s many sporting or cultural events or simply wander through the laneways taking in the cafĂ© atmosphere.


Date: Monday 11 April 2016

Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cancer Council - Seize the Day Awards

Please visit this link in April 2016 when the program reopens.
What are the Seize the Day Study Awards?
The Seize the Day Study Awards are financial grants of $200 to $2500 to help with the costs of post-secondary education such as tuition fees, accommodation, textbooks or stationery.
Who can apply?
  • You can apply for a Seize the Day Study Award if:
  • You are between 16 years to 21 years inclusive at the date of application;
  • You are a permanent Queensland resident;
  • You or a close family member, therefore your paternal mother or father, your step mother or father, your legal guardian, or your sibling must have been diagnosed with cancer; and
  • You are planning to commence or continue post-secondary school education in 2016. Post-secondary school education includes undergraduate university, TAFE college, tertiary college or a vocational training centre program. The study must be based in Queensland and can be full-time, part-time or external.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or the award generally, please contact the Seize the Day Study Awards Co-ordinator, on (07) 3634 5220 or email SeizeTheDay@cancerqld.org.au. You can also ring Cancer Council 13 11 20, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Women in Navy Technical Trades

The Defence Work Experience Program, Defence Force Recruiting (Specialist Recruitment Team Women) and HMAS Cairns are very pleased to offer the first Women in Navy Technical Trades Residential Camp in North Queensland.

The camp will be held from Tuesday 29th March to Friday 1st April 2016 (first week of holidays). The Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp will provide a hands-on and interactive experience for young women who are considering a career in Navy technical trades.

Navy technical careers include Marine, Electronics and Aviation technicians.
Interested students can learn more about these jobs at
The camp is open to female students in Years 10, 11 & 12 aged between 16 – 18 years of age. Successful participants must have passes in Year 10 English, Maths and Science and applicants will need to provide proof as part of the application process. Based at HMAS Cairns, participants will be exposed to various sub-units at HMAS Cairns to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of technical trades available within Navy. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of hands on tasks to showcase and develop technical and mechanical skills, damage control and communications.  Students will also have the opportunity to engage with serving Navy sailors to learn more about the Navy lifestyle and with Defence Force Recruiting personnel to discuss pathways to various Navy careers.

This is a residential camp and participants will be accommodated at TS Endeavour, the Navy Cadets training facility located within HMAS Cairns.  Successful students from outside of the Cairns area will need to organise and fund their own travel/transport to Cairns, as unfortunately we cannot assist with this aspect. The successful young women will be supervised at all times by personnel from Defence Force Recruiting, Defence Work Experience Program and Royal Australian Navy. Accommodation and all meals will be provided.

Monday, 1 February 2016

The University of Qld - FEAST (Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology)

FEAST (Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology) - Registrations open 1 March!
Students in Years 11-12 are invited to attend the FEAST residential camp held at the UQ Gatton campus from 26 June - 30 June, 2016.
Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors.
For information, contact:
Karli Kollegger
Phone: 54601279
Email: science.events@uq.edu.au
web: http://www.science.uq.edu.au/feast

New Zealand Special Category Visa holders - access to HELP loans

The Australian Government recently passed legislation to make Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loans available to New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) holders and meet the requisite criteria. This new legislation came into effect on 1 January 2016.
  • If students hold a New Zealand SCV they will be able to access HELP loans, providing they:
  • first entered Australia as a dependent child aged under 18 years of age;
  • have been generally living and resident in Australia for the previous 10 years or more (that is, they have been physically present in Australia for at least eight out of the past 10 years) and 18 months out of the last two years at the time of application for the loan; and
  • are otherwise eligible for the loan.
Note: just being a New Zealand citizen, or holding a Special Category Visa, will not automatically entitle students to HELP loans - they must meet all of the required eligibility criteria under this category.
Specific enquiries about the Special Category Visa, and other visas, should be directed to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection http://www.border.gov.au.

UMAT - Undergratuate Medicines and Health Sciences Admission Test

UMAT2016 will be held on 27 July 2016.
UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on the UMAT website. Please see them at this link.
UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2016 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2017 but NOT 2018. Do not register for UMAT2016 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2017 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2016 Information Booklet.
UMAT2016 registrations are now open.
The UMAT 2016 Information Booklet is now available for download.