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, 21 February 2017

Sejumi College - Jump Start Program

The Jump Start Program
The Sejumi school holiday program is designed to develop academic skills, improve time management, upgrade computer skills  and give you an edge for your senior years of high school, work and university.
Students learn by doing - we take a practical approach to learning and all students participate in activities, excursions, the development of games and more.
We live in a region surrounded by the reef and rainforest and as a result the program centres around tourism in this region, providing many opportunities to immerse in the various topics.

Bonus: Graduates from this program receive a Certificate II in Tourism (SIT20116) and 4 QCE points

Attendance: Students are required to attend the following workshop blocks and complete on-line activities throughout Term 2.
     Block 1: Monday 3rd April  to Friday 7th April
     Block 2: Monday 3rd July to Friday 17th July
Students must attend all workshops in both blocks

Fees: This program is funded under the Queensland VETiS initiative and as a result, there are no fees applicable to the student, where they are eligible to receive this funding. Please contact Sejumi Education or Miss Denzin (N Block) Mrs McPhail (P Block), or Jenny (A Block Guidance Office) to determine eligibility. ***Students are only eligible for 1 VETis funded program so please see Miss Denzin, Mrs McPhail, or Jenny before signing up***

Limited numbers: Please note that we only take twelve students for each holiday program and due to the number of applications we strongly recommend applying as soon as possible.

Applications close: Monday 13th March 2017

Calendar of events

Students have been e-mailed (to school e-mail addresses) a calendar  from the QNAPSA National Association of Prospective Student Advisors Queensland Chapter. This calendar has information about open days, some dates that are relevant for some facilities and parent information nights. If you have not seen it and would like a copy, please e-mail me at jwils312@eq.edu.au

Central Queensland University events 2017

The following dates have been provided for students who may be interested in engaging with CQU.
  • Engineering Role Models, March-May (TBC)
  • Cairns Careers Expo, 25 May
  • Cairns Business Challenge, 19 June
  • University Experience, 21 June (TBC)
  • CQUniversity Cairns Open Day, 26 August

Central Queensland University Support Services

CQUniversity offers a range of support services to help students get through their studies - many of which your students can access now.

Whether they need more information about CQUniversity degrees or VET courses, have a question about financial support or scholarships, want to tour our facilities or need help with the transition to university - we are here to help.

Click on this link

Central Queensland University - Meditation recommendation

Smiling Mind is an innovative, not-for-profit organisation, providing mindfulness meditation programs to Australian children, teens and adults.

Partnering with ABC Radio, Smiling Mind have are now offering "Back to School" meditation programs. These short, 2-minute programs are tailored to students, teachers and parents coping with the stresses of a new school year. Activities cover a range of topics including coping with change, responding to stress and noticing thoughts and emotions.

Click on this link

Headspace Pineapple Jam Music Group

The University of Queensland events in 2017

Wednesday 19 April
Careers that shape the world
Year 11-12 students will discover a range of career and study opportunities through interactive sessions. Read more.

Sunday 25 June - Thursday 29 June
A five-day residential program at UQ Gatton, for high school students to explore the range of science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors. Read more.

Friday 7 July, Thursday 13 July, Friday 14 July and Monday 17 July
Experience Science
Students in years 10-12 can discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life. Read more.

Saturday 15 July and Sunday 16 July
Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)
Students and families can visit the UQ stand and speak to staff about the wide range of study options available at UQ. Read more.

Friday 21 July
UQ Earth and Environment Day

Year 10-12 students can experience the applications and relevance of geography, planning, earth sciences and environmental management. Read more.

Sunday 6 August (St Lucia) and Sunday 20 August (Gatton)
UQ Open Day
UQ Open Day provides a chance to experience UQ, explore the campuses, attend information seminars, and speak to staff and students. Read more.

Monday 18 December
OP Results Advice Night
Whether a student's OP is higher or lower than expected, UQ staff will be able to provide advice on study options, pathways and changing preferences. Read more.

Registration details for the above events can be found in each of the corresponding links.
We encourage your students to contact the Future Student Contact Centre on 07 3346 9872 to discuss any of their questions about study at UQ, or to arrange a personal campus tour.

The University of Queensland - Survey for parents

Please encourage your parents to participate in this survey.

Currently, research is being undertaken at UQ to understand the preferences and decision-making of Year 11 and Year 12 students studying in high school.
If you are an Australian parent and keen on your child's higher education, you are invited to participate in this research project.
To be eligible to participate in the study, you must have a child studying in Year 11 or Year 12 in any high school in Queensland, and you, along with your child, must be willing to participate in the survey.
To take part in this research, contact Asma Qureshi  here.

For information, contact:
Asma Qureshi
0402 334 231

Research Immersion Programs for high school students

Students Performing Advanced Research Qld (SPARQ-ed) is a unique initiative of UQ, bringing together quality researchers and keen science students!

Research Immersion Programs are open to all senior Year 10, 11 and 12 students and teachers throughout Queensland and provide authentic week long scientific experiences, where participants play a part in the cutting edge biomedical research performed at UQ.

Learn more and register for upcoming Immersion Programs and apply today.

For information, contact:

Ward Nicholas
07 3443 6920

The University of Queensland 'Getting Ready for University' - Info Sessions for Year 10 parents, guardians and carers

The following information has been forwarded from The University of Queensland. WHile it is in Brisbane, I am including it in the Blog in case students/parents are prepared to travel to the information sessions
As a parent or guardian you play a vital role in helping your children make the best choices about their future and year 10 is the best time to start.

When teenagers select their senior subjects it is important that they select the right prerequisites for the university programs they are interested in.

Your child’s dream is our mission and these interactive group sessions are designed to give you the necessary information to assist your child in making an informed choice about their future. All our interactive sessions are hosted by recent UQ professional staff graduates and run for approximately one hour with plenty of time set aside for any questions you may have.

Topics include:
- Understanding the university language;
- Key differences between high school and university;
- Pathways into your child’s dream program;
- Scholarships; and
- QTAC, fees, accommodation and more!

University is an adventure - help your child dare to be all they can be and register for an information session today!

Session Dates: week of 15-18 May 2017, St Lucia campus
Session times: TBC Watch this space
*Bookings essential

Want to bring your child along?
Is your child already in Year 11 or 12?

It’s never too late to find out more about university and we would love to hear from you!

email us or call 07 3346 9872.

The University of Queensland - Registrations now open for the Australian Computational & Linguistics Olympiad

The Olympiad is an exciting team-based national competition for high school students from years 9 to 12. It challenges students to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages.

This year, the winning team of the National Competition is eligible to represent Australia at the International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL), to be held in Dublin, Ireland.

Team registrations will close on Monday 6 March 2017. If your school is interested in participating, visit the OzCLO website to find out more.

For information, contact:

Kellie Colahan
07 3365 6247

The University of Queensland - Special entry into the Bachelor of Dental Science for rural or remote students

Rural areas of Australia often have limited access to educational opportunities and dental services. To assist in addressing this ongoing challenge, 8 per cent of Bachelor of Dental Sciences (Honours) places in UQ's annual intake are now designated to applicants who come from a rural background.

What classifies as rural is determined by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area system (ASGC-RA), which also categorizes various levels of remoteness, identified by their Remoteness Areas (RAs) rating. Students will need to live in a remote area for a set amount of time to be eligible.

This rural background sub quota for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) will be available for students within the RA2 - RA5 category. This will include most Queensland regional cities, as well as rural areas near Ipswich and some parts of the Gold and Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Students can check the classification of their homes on the Department of Health website.

Approved rural background applicants must still meet all the entry requirements of the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) program, including sitting the UMAT exam. However, to assist with meeting the ranking requirements, rural background applicants will be competing against a smaller cohort of applicants (for a smaller number of places) where the standard UMAT cut offs may not apply.

Further information on the scheme and eligibility requirements can be found on the UQ website.

For information, contact:

UQ Admissions
07 3365 2203

The University of Queensland Update Exercise and Nutrition prerequisaite changes

Exercise & Nutrition Science - New prerequisite for Semester One 2018

From Semester One 2018 the Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science (QTAC Code: 720102) will require an additional prerequisite of Maths A, B or C. This is in addition to the existing prerequisites of English and one of either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

This change, first announced in 2015, will ensure that prospective students have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a health science program at UQ.

Any prospective students missing subject prerequisites are encouraged to pursue pathway or bridging programs. More information on these options can be found here.

For information, contact:

UQ Admissions
07 3365 2203

Queensland Youth Parliament

The following information has been forwarded to Smithfield State High School regarding the QCAA-accredited program, Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP).

QYP is the largest non-partisan forum for youth aged 15-25.

We have 93 youth members from every electorate around the state, including four fully funded Indigenous seats. Our program provides a fundamental link between young people and the Queensland State Government. The bills that are written and debated in Youth Parliament are then considered by the actual State Parliament.

Our program is ultimately one of the best opportunities for young people to have their voices heard and create change in their community. The issues young people face around the state deserve to be listened to and solved.

We are seeking young people from your electorate to stand up for themselves and their communities. They don't have to be a great public speaker to apply, just as long as they're passionate.

We would love to see students from your school nominate. Nominations close 27 February.

Here is a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/YMCAQueenslandYouthParliament/?fref=ts and our website: ymcaqyp.org.au for more information, and I have attached an electronic version of our brochure.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me

Thank you very much.

Charlotte Mann

PO Box 669, Spring Hill, QLD 4004
96 Abbotsford Rd, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
(07) 3851 8880        F. (07) 3253 1711            
E.qypcoordinator@ymcabrisbane.org        W. www.ymcaqyp.org