Headstart at USC Semester 2
Headstart applications for study in Semester 2, 2013, will close on Friday 10 May. The timetable to select classes will be available on the USC website from 29 April and application forms can be downloaded in the 2013 Headstart Guide, pages 21-26.
Skills Tech Taster Program for Year 10
Year 10 students interested in trades may wish to participate in a taster program at Skills Tech Bracken Ridge. During Terms 3 and 4 this year, successful applicants to this program will go to Skills Tech one day a week and try out three trades. These trades will be three out of auto, metal fabrication, electrical and carpentry. The program costs $81 and students who complete this will be given preference for places at Skills Tech in the Schools Program in 2014. For more information about this please see Mrs Ferris. Expressions of interest for this program close on 3 May.
Explore your options – Professional Pathways in Construction
The Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre at Caloundra is offering the chance for students aiming at university courses in Engineering, Surveying, Town Planning, Architecture etc, to hear from, and meet, industry professionals from all these disciplines. This is aimed at providing students planning university pathways with the chance to get real information from on the ground working professionals. This event is on Monday morning 13 May. Students in year 11 and 12 who wish to go should talk to Mrs Ferris ASAP.
UMAT Exam for Health Sciences.
UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) for students planning on university courses in Medicine, Dentistry and various other health disciplines, will be held on 31 July. Register by 7 June. For further information see Mrs Ferris or email UMAT at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0385087643. Mrs Ferris also has information on companies that provide preparation programs prior to UMAT.
Kaylee Utting – Tres Bonne Etudiante!
Congratulations to Kaylee Utting, French Student of Term 1 for the Brisbane School of Distance Education. Kaylee was presented with her certificate by Mr David Heyworth at the first assembly of this term. Kaylee supplemented her hard work in French last year with an exchange to France and has returned with impressive skills. We are looking forward to a reciprocal visit at the College by French student Victoria Cieutat in June. She will be staying with the Uttings during her visit. Well done Kaylee!
Fantastic New Offerings from TAFE
TAFE are offering some fantastic short courses including the following:
- Uni Learn courses at BNIT. Want to go to uni but don’t have the right courses or didn’t get good marks? Uni Learn courses meet university prerequisite requirements and can help you improve your ranking. Get more information on this fantastic on-line pathway to university at www.Unilearn.net.au
- Sunshine Coast TAFE is now promoting short courses in sewing. For further information go to these links . Introduction to professional dressmaking, Sewing Short Courses
- Brisbane North Institute of TAFE is offering a Coffee, Bar & Gaming short course at the Bracken Ridge campus starting Monday 6 May, 2013. This course is delivered two days per week over a six week period. The current fees for semester 1, 2013 are concession fee $175.70 or full fee $290.90 and a $40.00 administration fee. This course is designed to provide the students with practical skills and knowledge to assist in gaining employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.
Additionally, Thursday 13 June – 10.30am to 5.00pm (one day delivery of Provide Responsible Gambling Services)
Enrolments can be made through BNIT customer contact centre 131 248 or on line at www.bn.tafe.qld.edu.au
Gap Year 2014. Lattitude Volunteering
Lattitude Global Volunteering is holding an Information Session in Brisbane on Wednesday 5 June for interested students and family members to find out more about an overseas volunteer placement in 2014. There are a wide range of placements available in Europem the Americas, Africana and Asia/Pacific. Students can register their interest at www.lattitude.org.au. Applications for next year’s placements close on Friday 21 June.
HIA Renovate and Build Expo May 3–5 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
HIA is committed to finding and supporting the next generation of skilled tradespeople. As Australia’s leading building industry body we are seeking to create more opportunities for young people to succeed in our industry. This commitment includes HIA apprentices employed nationally with members through the HIA Group Apprenticeship Scheme and HIA’s Build Your Future Scholarship. HIA is having an Expo in Brisbane in May. Aspiring builders may be interested in the structures on site built by high school students. Students under 15 free, on-line tickets $12pp. For more information please click on http://housinglocal.com.au/whats-on/expos.aspx
Energy Skills Newsletter
An invaluable source of information for any students interested in the Energy sector (electrical, gas, telecommunications) is the Energy Skills Newsletter. Go to http://www.energyskillsqld.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Skill-Connection-Newsletter.pdf?utm_source=ESQ+Newsletter&utm_campaign=cc1a445827-ESQ_Skill_Connection_April_2013&utm_medium=email
For the most recent newsletter and subscribe so you are always up to date with what is happening in this rapidly expanding industry.
Year 10 Parent Careers Information Evening 16 May
With work experience now behind us we are moving on to assisting year 10 students to think about choices for Year 11 and 12 and even beyond that. To help this process we will be holding an Information Evening on Thursday 16 May to provide information and tools to parents. This session will be held in the Theatrette H3 at 7pm. Please keep this date free and come along.
New Requirements for Primary and Secondary Teaching Courses
The Queensland College of Teachers has confirmed that prerequisites for teacher education undergraduate programs will be introduced from 2016. The entry requirements are:
- English (4 SA) or equivalent
- Maths A, B or C (4 SA) or equivalent
- for students entering undergraduate primary and early childhood programs, any Authority science subject (4 SA) or equivalent.
This means that students will need to have studied the required subjects to gain entry to the following courses from Semester 1, 2016:
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
- Bachelor of Education (Primary)
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary).
For more information about changes to prerequisites for these courses visit the website.
Where Work Experience can lead you!
During work experience Mrs Joan Ferris visited Year 10 student Flynn Mitchell at Suncoast Aero Engines at Caloundra Airport. Flynn found out lots about stripping down engines and cleaning them. Here he is hard at work!
Mrs Ferris was given a guided tour around the facility and was delighted to find past student Sterling Cittolin also hard at work. Sterling did work experience and a School Based Traineeship at Suncoast Aero Engines and when he left school in 2010 he stayed on in the business and is there today, a valued team member in this workplace. Sterling showed me around the machines he uses and is clearly doing very well in his chosen field of work. So there we are. Where work experience can lead! Here is Sterling in his workshop.
Our Aspiring Construction Workers and Tradies at Work Experience
Jayme working on site and then showing us his boots afterwards!