As I write, Year 12 students are sitting the QCS test. Others are completing TAFE courses and traineeships and all thoughts are heading towards finishing school and future plans.
Our Visiting Guidance Officer this term, Mr Paul Nash, has been talking to all the Year 11s and 12s. Mr Nash is very knowledgeable about QTAC applications and other pathways after Year 12. If students or parents need help with options for next year please make an appointment with Mr Nash on Monday or Thursday before the holidays.
QTAC applications are due by 27 September. Year 12 students are encouraged to complete their applications and pay the fee well before 27 September (the end of the first week of holidays) to ensure the application goes through safely before the due date. Late applications face a late fee.
Tracking your QTAC Application
Once you have applied to QTAC you can keep track of your application on-line. To find out how to use this feature go to http://www.qtac.edu.au/Downloads/Applying/TrackApp_Sep2012_controller.swf to watch a movie that explains the services that are available.
University Scholarships for 2014
We have received information from USC about their Scholarships for next year. Any students applying to Uni of Sunshine Coast please see Mrs Ferris for a copy of this information. Applications close for most of the USC scholarships on 31 October.
High achieving Year 12 students (expecting OP 1 – 5) and their parents are invited to the Academic Scholarships Seminar at QUT to find out about possible financial assistance for their studies. This seminar will be held on Thursday 3 October 5.30 – 7pm at the Kelvin Grove campus of QUT. Go to www.qut.edu.au/study/events and click on Academic Scholarships Seminar.
Year 12s applying to QTAC to study at university next year should be researching all the scholarship possibilities. Every year scholarship and bursary funds go unclaimed by eligible applicants so it is worth pursuing.
Moodle Webpage for Year 12s
We have set up a page on the Moodle Future Pathways website specially designed to assist Year 12s over the Christmas holidays and beyond. It has information about uni seminars to help with reordering QTAC preferences, information about study options and other alternative directions as well as handy practical hints for young people leaving school. Go to moodle.gccc.qld.edu.au/Students/Future Pathways/after year 12 and log in as a guest. Thanks to Mrs McMinn, the Moodle Queen!
With SET Plans now completed Year 10s who are considering external studies are now completing applications. All applications for:
- Brisbane North TAFE
- Skills Tech at Brackenridge
- The Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre
should be given to Mrs Ferris or Mrs McMinn, with all supporting documents, by next Friday 13th September to enable processing and submission by the following week.
Students interested in the Sunshine Coast TAFE offerings should view the courses on-line and fill in an Expression of Interest form on the web page as soon as possible.
Headstart applications to the University of the Sunshine Coast are due in October. Students will need to view the timetable for their subjects which will be available on the website over the school holidays. Once completed, the applications should be brought to Mrs Ferris as soon as possible in 4th term for the school to process and submit to the University.
Job Search and Interview Skills
On the last Wednesday of term all Year 10 students will have the opportunity to learn about searching for jobs and learning interview skills. We will be covering basic job search techniques, resume and application writing and preparation for job interviews. This will be followed up in Term 4 on Wednesday 16 October with mock interviews for each student with an industry person from outside the school. Students will be interviewed and given feedback to help them polish up their interview skills. Students will be invited to wear appropriate clothes for a job interview on that day. We hope that all our Year 10s will finish the year with not only some ideas about future careers, but also practical skills to land a job in the future.
Congratulations to our two Year 12 Emilys who have completed traineeships with Queensland Health. Emily McNulty has completed a Certificate III in Health Assistance at Kilcoy Hospital and Emily Ellwood has completed the same qualification at Caboolture Hospital. This traineeship involved the students working as an assistant nurse in these hospitals. These lucky girls were in the last intake of trainees employed by the Metropolitan North Health District since traineeships are not offered anymore due to funding cuts. Emily and Emily have done a great job and have been great representatives of our College. Well done on your achievements and very best wishes in your future careers.
Congratulations also to Nathan Siggs. Nathan has completed his Certificate Courses at the Trade Training Centre and, after his last work placement, was offered a full time carpentry apprenticeship in that work place. Completing his studies and being offered this opportunity makes a fantastic finish to Nathan’s school program. Well done Nathan!
Welcome to Ryan Harrison in Year 11 who has joined the staff at the school as a School Based Trainee on Wednesdays, assisting Mrs Wendy Stott with the Physical Education program in the junior school. Ryan will be completing a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.
Joan Ferris, Future Pathways Coordinator