Down the Track
May 2013
Compass at the University of Sydney
Welcome to the May addition of our Regional Newsletter!
In this addition our goal is to share with you numerous stories, great resources and useful information.

Indigenous Scholarships Website and Resource

To start, check out this great resource for students. Here you will find over 300 scholarships for undergraduate study at Australian universities.

About this website This website contains a wide range of scholarships available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

What they do This website is a not-for-profit venture run by The Aurora Project and The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students. Aurora and the Charlie Perkins Trust jointly run a number of programs in the area of Indigenous education.

Indigenous Scholarships Website
Secondary English students and teachers
Bridges to Higher Education is offering secondary schools a free English Conference on Wednesday 5 June 2013.  If you would like to be part of this interactive day please register by Monday 3 June by email to Bridges Connect with your school name, year level and the number of students you will have attending.

A confirmation will be sent to you with information on dialling in and accessing the presentation. For any further information please contact Caroline Taouk, Bridges to Higher Education Project Coordinator on Phone (02)9850 7398 or email Caroline Taouk.  Alternatively you can access the flyer on the Regional Compass website.
Robots heading to Dubbo
Bridges to Higher Education is partnering with three high schools and two primary schools in Dubbo to deliver a day of professional development on campus at Dubbo Senior College on Thursday, 30th May.  The workshop, facilitated by John Burfoot, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre Specialist, will guide teachers through the basics of robotics programming using LEGO NXT and LEGO Mindstorms software. The teachers will build a basic LEGO robot, learn the basics features of the LEGO NXT robot and LEGO Mindstorms software and participate in guided and open ended robotics challenges.  Following the workshop, each school will be able to loan a LEGO NXT Robotics Kit for one month to use within the classroom.

Schools participating in this exciting workshop are Dubbo College Senior, Dubbo College Delroy, Dubbo College South, Dubbo Public School and Buninyong Public School.

27 May to 3 June 2013
National Reconciliation Week, is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. What is your community doing?  Highlights of 2013 events at the University of Sydney can be viewed at Reconciliation Week 2013
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Medical Students visit Dubbo
Traditionally a ”one-coach” event, organisers of this year’s Dubbo School of Rural Health annual bus tour, were forced to add another coach to the fleet for the second year running. With interest from medical students at an all-time high, the event was heralded a resounding success.  Over 75 students were treated to a myriad of experiences encompassing everything from the professional to the personal and the picturesque.
Traditionally a ”one-coach” event, organisers of this year’s Dubbo School of Rural Health annual bus tour, were forced to add another coach to the fleet for the second year running. With interest from medical students at an all-time high, the event was heralded a resounding success.  Over 75 students were treated to a myriad of experiences encompassing everything from the professional to the personal and the picturesque.

Every year the Dubbo School of Rural Health hosts a weekend bus trip from Sydney to Dubbo for current medical students.  The aim is to expose medical students to rural and remote Australia and encourage them to undertake extended clinical training placements in rural locations and thus encouraging them to return to rural practice.

Highlights included; tours of Orange and Dubbo Hospitals, presentations by academic and clinical staff, a familiarisation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and a peek at the student accommodation. The students enjoyed local cuisine and spirited communities.

A You tube video will be available soon on the Sydney University channel for anyone interested in joining future tours, or for those wishing to check out the adventure.
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Paving the way to Uni
If you are visiting Sydney in June, why not register for the Year 10 Information Evenings at The University of Sydney?    This year they will be held on 17 or 20 June, 6pm for 6.30 start at the Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus (K5/6 on map). Registrations open on 27 May at 5pm. Please book online at Year 10 Information Evening

Topics will include:
  • ATAR, scaling and assumed knowledge
  • subject selections
  • career pathways
  • university transition.
Alternatively, if you would like someone from the university to speak at your school, please contact Trish Di-Masi
New funding announced at Sydney
On 30 April 2013, Minister for Higher Education Sharon Bird announced a new funding source for universities under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

The University of Sydney is eligible to bid for resources from the $50 million fund.  The Social Inclusion Unit welcomes suggestions from our partner schools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student - focused projects that aim to improve access to higher education and school completion.  

For more information please contact Annette Cairnduff, Director Social Inclusion Unit, on 8627 8515.
Resources for Science Teachers
You can now view the presentations from Bridges to Higher Education's Science videoconference in April.  

Presentations include:
  • Evolution, natural selection and complexity - Prof. Michael Gillings (MQ)
  • Where can Science lead you? Not even the sky is the limit! - Dr Fiona Ballard (ACU)
  • CSI misunderstood? - Dr Alison Beavis (UTS)
  • Understanding the Chemistry of Life Through Visualising the Molecular World - Prof. Roy Tasker (UWS)

The University's Science Alliance program's (which brings you Giant Science and Sleek Geeks, among other events) latest newsletter is here.  See what's happening and discuss it with your students
2 Unit Mathematics Online Bridging Course
Make use of a great free resource and access The School of Mathematics and Statistics  2 Unit Mathematics Online Bridging Course.

Each day consists of audio visual modules on a number of mathematical topics for you to play and study. These modules are supplemented by notes and links to other useful sites. We have also included a booklet of exercises for you to work through, with solutions to selected exercises available each day.
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What's Happening
Bridges to Higher Education Enquiring Minds Series on TVS
University unites with Leighton Contractors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students' scholarship
Professional Learning for Teachers
Successful Learning Conference 2013
Are your students thinking about university?
Useful Links
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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.
The University of Sydney and Leighton Contractors have joined forces to provide a new scholarship opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying an undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Read the full story at Engineering and IT Indigenous Scholarships
Please see the Professional Learning calendar or the On-campus learning lectures and workshops to see what's on offer this year.  If you would like more information or to discuss attendance at any of these workshops, please contact Trish Di-Masi .
This annual conference on Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 June 2013, focuses the provision of quality education for students K–12 with additional learning needs in a mainstream classroom setting. Areas addressed will include literacy, assessment, behaviour management, technology and social skills instruction. More details about the program and feature speakers will be published on the website as the information becomes available.
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Although students are still in school, now is a good time to start thinking about their future. This booklet will help them prepare the road to uni.

Download the Preparing the Road for Uni booklet
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