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.

Monday, 17 April 2017

ADF Pilot and Aviation information session

This is a friendly reminder for Defence Force Recruiting’s upcoming Pilot & Aviation Information Session:


Date: Friday 21st April, 2017

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: Defence Force Recruiting Cairns – Level 1, 55 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870

UQ - Gatton Tours

UQ's Gatton campus provides tours for school groups with a general interest in the programs and facilities on offer, sightseeing tours highlighting the historically significant campus structures and the Past Students' Museum. It also provides individual tours for students wishing to attend UQ Gatton campus who may not have the opportunity to visit with their school.

These tours occur throughout the year and can be tailored to suit a particular area of interest in Agribusiness, Equine Science, Horticulture and Agronomy, Production Animals, Veterinary Science and Wildlife Science.

Book now through the website.

UQ School of Economics Schools Day

On Thursday 13 July 2017, the UQ School of Economics and Queensland Economics Teachers’ Association (QETA) will host the QETA UQ Economics Schools Day.

QETA UQ Economics Schools Day gives senior high school students a taste of life as a Bachelor of Economics student. Students will attend engaging lectures from economics academics, chat with current UQ students and enjoy a BBQ lunch.

For information, contact:

Sam Barnard
(07) 3365 4959

UQ - 'Experience Science' - interactive workshops for Years 10-12

Experience Science is a free event that provides students in years 10-12 with the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ, and how science is applied in industry and everyday life.

The event is facilitated by experts from UQ through a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops.

All workshops are held at the St Lucia campus and occur on the 7, 13, 14 and 17 July. July 7 is during the school holidays.

Students can register as individuals or as a school group online.

For information, contact:

Experience Science Team
07 3346 1629

UQ - Women in Engineering Explore Engineering Day - 4 May

Students in Years 10, 11 or 12 are invited to UQ Women In Engineering's WE Explore Engineering Day at the UQ St Lucia campus on Thursday 4 May.

With eight engineering focused workshops to choose from, including Take Flight with Boeing, 3D Manufacturing and Materials of the Future, AYAA Rocket program and many more, students will experience what a career in engineering can be. This free event is sure to inspire students and provide a taste of university life.

Further information has been sent to yr 10 school e-mail addresses.

Find out more and register here.

For information, contact:

Jess Kelly
07 3326 6231

UQ - Economics scholarships for Year 12 students

The School of Economics is offering two new scholarships for Year 12 students: the Australian Domestic Students Scholarship (ADSS), and the Year 12 Equity and Diversity Scholarship (EDS).

The ADSS is valued at $5000 p.a. for up to three years of study and closes on 3 November, 2017.

The Year 12 EDS is valued at $5000 p.a. for up to three years of study, and includes professional mentoring for the successful student. The scholarship is designed for students who have a strong interest in economics and have experienced disadvantage during their schooling, impacting upon their OP results. Students who have experienced social or emotional setbacks throughout senior school, or are from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or low socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is 28 Novemeber 2017.

For information, contact:

UQ School of Economics
07 3365 6570

Griffith University Application Website

Griffith University are developing a growing suite of 1 minute videos for their prospective students and their parents. These videos provide clear and concise information, explained in common everyday language. You can access these videos on the new Griffith Apply website.
The site has information about OP and rank pathways, alternative pathways to university, and costs of university.

ADF residential Indigenous Youth Program at RAAF Base

There is an exciting opportunity for your indigenous students who might be thinking about a career in the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Air Force Diversity & Inclusion team are running a residential Indigenous Youth Program at RAAF Base Townsville from 23rd - 25th May, which includes 2 nights accommodation on base and all meals included.

The only requirement is that successful students will need to be 15yrs or older and to be dropped off and picked up from RAAF Base Townsville by a parent/guardian before and after the Program.  Students from outside the Townsville area are welcome to apply, providing they can meet the requirement to get to Townsville.

Further information is included in the link below.  Students will need to submit an online application via this link and will be asked to address selection criteria questions as part of their application.  Please note that applications close next Wednesday 26th April at 5.00pm.
Please click on this link to start the application process