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.