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, 28 August 2017

Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp at HMAS Cairns

Due to the success of the previous Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp at HMAS Cairns, another camp is scheduled for 25th – 28th September.

The Camp is held at HMAS Cairns, with a focus on technical trades in Navy (e.g. Marine Technician, Electronics Technician and Aviation Technician roles).  Girls with an interest in the trades are strongly encouraged to apply.

All meals and accommodation is provided at no cost to the participant, however students and their parent/guardian are responsible for organising and funding transport to Cairns if they are coming from outside the local area.  Camp staff can organise pick up prior to the camp and drop off at the conclusion of the camp from/to Cairns Airport, Train or Bus station.

Interested students must apply online via the DWEP website.  The link below will provide more information about the camp and applications are started from this page:

Previous camp participants will vouch for the excellent experiences and opportunities the camp provides.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Are you interested in applying to an Education course through QTAC?

Students applying for initial teacher education courses will need to start thinking about how to address the non-academic entry requirements of their application. QTAC has put together a video to help with this.

The video aims to ease students’ anxiety around writing their 1000-word personal statement by putting the task into perspective and encouraging them to reflect on why they think they’d make a good teacher.

Students can upload their completed personal statements to their applications by logging in to Applications Services.

Normal QTAC documentation due dates apply.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

InspireU – Education

What is InspireU – Education?

InspireU – Education is a camp provided specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, male and female, in Year 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 that have an interest in studying Education.

The camp is co-ordinated by staff from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSIS Unit) at The University of Queensland (UQ), St Lucia campus over five (5) days.

Students will participate in:
• Interactive workshops and lectures;
• Workplace visits;
• College stay; and
• Heaps more!

Students take part in a range of activities designed to provide a practical insight into education and the many opportunities for study and careers in this industry.

Accommodation is supervised, with separate accommodation for female and male students.


To be eligible to participate in InspireU Education, students must:
(a) Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
(b) Be enrolled in schooling in Year 10, 11 or Year 12 in 2017;
(c) Be enrolled in Overall Position (OP) subjects and eligible for an OP score; and
(d) Have school attendance rate of 90% or greater.

Preference will be given to students currently studying at least one or more of either Math A/B or C, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Please note that you do not need to be studying all the above listed subjects.

Students will be selected from a competitive process and will be assessed on their academic standing in addition to their attendance and behaviour.

Univeristy of Queensland New program: Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours),

New program: Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours), QTAC Code - 709101

From 2018, UQ Business School will offer a Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours).

This elite program will help students become a critical and reflective thinkers, capable of identifying, analysing and developing solutions for the complex challenges facing businesses in the 21st century.

Our four-year honours program will be limited to a small, highly motivated and high-achieving cohort aspiring to leadership roles in business, the community or academia.

The courses in this program are designed to ensure students stand out to employers and are run by internationally respected industry experts and academics. Our unique capstone course in leadership and ethics will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills on real business cases.
Applicants must have Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, and Mathematics B or C, or a combination of both.

For more information, visit the website.

For information, contact:
UQ Business School
07 3365 2203

The University of Queensland Information on Bonus Ranks for Health Programs

Bonus ranks available for UQ Health programs

Students living in regional or remote areas of Queensland may be eligible for an additional two bonus ranks for a range of UQ programs under the Rural Access Scheme.

Programs include:

• Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
• Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
• Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
• Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
• Bachelor of Midwifery (and dual)
• Bachelor of Nursing (and dual)
• Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
• Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
• Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
• Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
• Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
• Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
• Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Please note that UQ recognises a maximum of five bonus ranks for any one applicant.

For further information and eligibility requirements are available online.

For information, contact:
Future Student Contact Centre
07 3346 9872

The University of Queensland UQ College Preparation Program

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program - apply now

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program is delivered over 28 weeks in two trimester periods. The program will be offered at UQ College St Lucia campus in January, May and September 2018.

Students learn skills and meet prerequisites required for successful university-level study. On completion of the program, students can use their grade point average and prerequisites to apply for entry into a university degree.

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program students are part of the university community. Students have access to the full range of support services that The University of Queensland provides.This allows for a smooth transition into a University degree on successful completion of the Tertiary Preparation Program.
Applications are currently open and will close on Monday 27 November, 2017.

For information, contact:
Robyn Tyler
07 3346 1695


The University of Queensland School of Economics Scholarship

School of Economics Scholarships - apply now

Applications are open for two exciting scholarship opportunities at the UQ School of Economics.

The Year 12 Domestic Australian Scholarship is for outstanding Australian domestic students who are completing Year 12 studies. A $5000 bursary each year for three years is granted to the successful application. 
Applications close 3 November, 2017.

The Year 12 Equity and Diversity Scholarship is for students who can demonstrate a very keen interest in economics but who have been disadvantaged during high schooling. A $5000 bursary each year is granted in addition to a mentoring scheme.
Applications close 28 November, 2017.

Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Economics are encouraged to apply.

For information, contact:
UQ School of Economics
07 3365 6570

University of Queensland Enhanced Studies for Year 11 students

Enhanced Studies Program – apply now

High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for the  Enhanced Studies Program (ESP). ESP provides students with an opportunity to extend their studies by completing a university subject in Semester 1 of Year 12. Over 40 courses are available in a range of study areas.
Who can apply?
Students currently completing Year 11, in all Queensland high schools, including on-shore international students and students studying for an IB who:
  • are high academic achievers gaining at least a 'B' cumulative average during Semester 1, Year 11,
  • can participate in ESP during first semester of Year 12,
  • are confident the extra study will not negatively impact their Year 12 studies,
  • have gained support and permission from their parent/guardian and their school to take on the additional workload
Students who participate in ESP enjoy the benefits associated with being a UQ student. Upon successful completion of ESP, students will receive one bonus point towards their university entrance rank through UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme.
For full eligibility criteria, visit the website.
Applications open early August and close Tuesday 31 October, 2017.

For information, contact:
UQ Domestic Admissions
07 3346 7762

The University of Queensland Science Project

SPARQ-ed research immersion for regional and remote students

SPARQ-ed's latest research immersion program for Year 10-12 students will commence Monday September 11 through to Friday 15 September, 2017.

In this immersion, students will be investigating some of the strategies to detect viruses like Ross River fever and Zika, such as virus-specific antibodies in ELISA, immunofluorescence or immunoblotting.
Applications close Thursday 31 August, 2017 - apply online

For information, contact:
Ward Nicholas
0428 188 481

University of Queensland Scholarship for Law

Law LEAD Scholarships - apply now

The TC Beirne School of Law is currently offering the Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship to deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who intend to study an undergraduate law program at UQ.

For 2018 entry up to 17 LEAD scholarships are available, granting students $7000 per year for up to five years in financial support, in addition to one-on-one academic support and other benefits.

Applications for the LEAD Scholarship will close on 8 September, 2017. Applications can be submitted online.

For information, contact:
TC Beirne School of Law
07 3365 2206

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Australian Defence Force Information Session

The Army transforms ambitious and resourceful civilians into leaders and commanders with exciting career options. It all starts at the Royal Military College (RMC), one of the world's outstanding military training institutions.

Within just 18 months you could be in command of your own platoon of soldiers. If you're already a qualified professional, you'll start work after just 45 days training. 
The Army are recruiting for Officer positions that offer great pay, an active lifestyle and a whole lot of adventure.

Attend the next RMC Information Session
Date: Wednesday 30th August
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Defence Force Recruiting - Level 1, 55 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870
To book your seat, call 13 19 01 or register below.

Download the event flyer here.

Creative Radio Award

The Business Liaison Association would like to let you know about a new award for 2017 - the Creative Radio Award, sponsored by Star 102.7.

It is open to years 11 and 12 students, who are asked to create, produce and record a 30 second radio commercial about one of the Business Liaison Association's sponsors.

The winning student will receive a 6 week internship at the radio station along with a prize pack of merchandise.  The winning radio commercial will also receive airtime on Star 102.7.

Information is attached.  There is information on the BLA website about this and other awards available for 2017 - www.bla.org.au.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Australian Defence Force Academy Information Night

The Australian Defence Force Academy transforms ambitious and resourceful civilians into leaders and commanders with exciting career options. 

Receive military and leadership training at ADFA in Canberra, study for a world-class degree from UNSW Australia, earn a salary while learning, and graduate with a great career and reduced HELP debt.

Attend the ADFA Information Session
Date: Tuesday 15th August
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Defence Force Recruiting - Level 1, 55 Lake Street, Cairns QLD 4870
To book your seat, call 13 19 01 or register below.

Share this event with your students and professional networks using the event flyer below.
Download the event flyer here.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

University of the Sunshine Coast Early Offer Guarantee

The University of the Sunshine Coast has a new pathway to their programs. The Early Offer Guarantee enables eligible year 12 students to be offered an early and guaranteed place at the University of the Sunshine Coast in November. These offers are made prior to the release of year 12 results so students do not have to wait until the main QTAC offer round in January. Early and guaranteed offers will be made to students based on approval from Mrs Carr. This program provides an alternative entry pathway to university for students who would benefit from the opportunity to complete a degree. For example, students who may not have opted to study for an OP or who may have other exceptional circumstances, such as medical or family issues, which may impact their OP result.
If you have tertiary aspirations and the passion and motivation for further study but would benefit from additional academic skills development and preparation before commencing a Bachelor degree. The university has an alternative pathway such as Associate Degrees or the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) that you may be able to access.
For more information, please visit this link or see Jenny in B13.

TAFE Scholarships - Nursing, Enigineering, Science and Technology

More Queenslanders will now have the opportunity to study science, technology, engineering and maths at TAFE through a new Advance Queensland scholarship program. The program is designed to encourage students to complete both a TAFE Queensland qualification and university study in STEM-related careers including nursing, engineering, science and technology.

Applications for the scholarships close on 31 August 2017. For more information, visit the TAFE Queensland website.