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MARCH 2013
Welcome to Down the Track regional newsletter. 

The University of Sydney’s Compass program aims to encourage those primary and secondary school students who are traditionally less likely to participate in higher education to stay engaged in education.

The University of Sydney is a partner in the Bridges to Higher Education program. Bridges is a partnership of five Sydney universities working with schools and communities to improve the participation of students from disadvantaged communities in higher education. For more information about Bridges please visit their website at Bridges to Higher Education

If you would like to subscribe to our e-news or provide feedback please email Trish Di-Masi, or visit our regional website
BRIDGES TO HIGHER EDUCATION VIDEO CONFERENCE SERIES
 STAGE 4 AND 5 SCIENCE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS    |  
Thursday 4 April 2013
Dont miss this great opportunity!!! Please register by Monday 25 March by email to bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au with the school name, year level and number of students. Instructions will be sent to you on dialling in and accessing the presentations before the day.

Dial in: Use your DEC Connected Classroom facilities to access by dialling the VRM 600081901.

For further information please contact Caroline Taouk, Bridges to Higher Education Project Coordinator on Phone (02)9850 7398 or email caroline.taouk@mq.edu.au
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NCSS CHALLENGE 2013 & GIRLS' PROGRAMMING NETWORK
 SECONDARY STUDENTS    |  
Attention Future Computer Scientists
This year, join the 4,000 students from Australia and New Zealand who took part in the 2012 National Computer Science School Challenge! 

The NCSS Challenge is an online programming competition for high school students.  For 5 weeks starting on Monday 6th August, 2012 and running until Sunday 9th September, 2012, a weekly set of notes and challenges is released, and students  learn the programming language Python as they work their way through the answers.  

There are three streams:
  • the beginner's stream, which doesn't assume any knowledge of programming and introduces the Python programming language;
  • the intermediate stream, for students who have either have some prior programming experience or have some prior experience with the Python programming language; and
  • the advanced stream, for students who know Python and want harder problems.
Contact the National Computer Science School to register, or Georgina Wilcox at the School of Information Technology. 

The Girls' Programming Network is a group of University of Sydney IT students and professional software engineers who want to help girls develop their computer programming skills. On 6 April, the GPN will run a free workshop for high school girls interested in computers and technology.  Students will build their own smart phone applications for Androids - no programming experience is necessary!  Visit the GPN for more information
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ENQUIRING MINDS TV SERIES
 PRIMARY    |  
Enquiring Minds TV series - Episode One
Enquiring Minds is an inspirational new series that aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education. The series, developed as part of the Bridges to Higher Education program of which the University is a proud partner, profiles young students with a passion - animals, robots, computer games, mummies - and links them with a current student and academic in the field who explains how they have turned a similar passion or hobby into a career or focus of their study.  Read more about the program on our website.

Episode one: Photographer and Animal Researcher

March 26 @ 7.30pm on TVS, Digital Channel 44. Repeated March 27 @ 5.30pm, March 29 @ 12.30pm, March 31 @ 10.30am.

Fifth grader Ocean is interested in photography and one day wants to travel the world taking pictures. Presenter and photographer Holly shows Ocean how professionals get great shots and gives her a few handy tips and tricks. In the second half of the show animal-lover Kurtis meets Ben Dessen, a university student with a passion for saving animals, who introduces him to a few of his slithery friends.
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 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING    |  
What's being offered in 2013 for Teachers?
You can see the 2013 Professional Learning calendar here to find out what workshops are available for teachers this year. 
The calendar lists current plans for 2013, with links to event information and enrolment details.  To discuss the calendar, please contact Nina Goodwin.
 SECONDARY STUDENTS    |  
Interested in a Campus Visit in May?
In 2013 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days will be held during Reconciliation Week, 27 May - 3 June.  

  • Years 11 & 12 | Monday 27 May 
  • Years 7 & 8 | Wednesday 29 May
Students will have the opportunity to experience university life through a series of presentations in the Great Hall, faculty-based subject electives, and faculty-run lunch time activities on the Front Lawns. 

If you think your school maybe interested in coming to one of these events, please contact Trish Dimasi directly to discuss.

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CONTENTS
Bridges to Higher Education Video Conference Series
NCSS Challenge 2013 & Girls' Programming Network
Enquiring Minds TV series
Compass
Pharmacy goes bush
On the Road Again
Harvard University School Principals Scholarship
Podcast Series - Putting the Arts at the Centre of Curriculum and Schooling
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PHARMACY GOES BUSH
Watch the ABC's 7.30 report story about Sydney University’s first indigenous pharmacy camp held in January 2013.

Pharmacy goes bush

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
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It can be hard to make it to an Open Day when you’re six hours by car from Sydney.  And it can be hard to find time to study when you have a schedule of farm chores like milking and feeding!  But students in regional areas continue to find ways around these challenges, and last week the Social Inclusion Unit’s work in regional NSW continued with a visit by Compass staff to Forbes High School. 

Compass staff met with the Year 10, 11, and 12 students over two days for workshops on senior study, scholarships, and getting into university. 

Read the full story on our website.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS SCHOLARSHIP
A Message for School Principals
The Harvard Club is offering two scholarships for school principals to attend a six day leadership program at the Education School at Harvard University in July, all expenses paid. Applications close 8th April 2013.

For further information and application form plesse go to the Public Education Foundation
PODCAST SERIES - PUTTING THE ARTS AT THE CENTRE OF CURRICULUM AND SCHOOLING
Arnold Aprill is Founder and Lead Consultant for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE).  This podcast was co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney.

click here to listen to  Podcast Arnold Aprill
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