Down the Track
July 2013
Compass at the University of Sydney
Welcome to the July edition of our Regional Newsletter!
Scholarship Opportunties in 2014 for Year 12 students
We offer more than 500 scholarships to our undergraduate students. Our aim is to help them achieve all their goals at the University of Sydney. Scholarships give them the financial freedom to focus on their study, free up their time to gain valuable work experience or get involved in the diverse student life.  Some scholarships are open now and others will be opening very soon, so please check the Scholarships office website for further information and opening and closing dates as not to miss out.
Compass Team on the Road
Once again the Compass Team headed out to Broken Hill for the annual learning week on 26 - 28 June 2013.  The Learning Week was developed as a local program that aims to provide academic enrichment and build awareness and information about the value of higher education for senior secondary school students (Years 10,11 and 12) and provide professional learning support for teachers. 

This year we had staff and academics from several faculties and schools, including School of Physics, Sydney College of Arts, Business School, Department of English, Faculty of Education and Social Work, School of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of History who each presented workshops and activities. The Compass team also presented the Preparation for Senior Study workshop to over 100 Year 10 students.
Overall, it was a very successful 3 days and we had great feedback fom the schools. Read full story here
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Applications opening soon
Our summer program is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are considering studies beyond high school.  It is a chance to stay on campus, take part in lectures and tutorials, presentations, try out different subject areas and learn about a variety of industries.

When is it?
Wingara Mura is 14-16 January 2014
Bunga Barrabuga is 13-17 January 2014

How do the students get  involved?
Applications will open on 1st August and will need to be endorsed by the school and get permission from parents.  All costs are covered by the University.

For registration or additional information please contact:
Bianca Williams  or phone: 02 8627 8529
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E12 Early Offer program website for 2013
2013 will be the second year of the University of Sydney's E12 Early Offer program, and the E12 website for now live for the 2014 intake. 

We have worked to improve the quality of the information and support available after our pilot year, and you can now access:

  • Targeted information for students, principals and teachers
  • Downloadable hints and tips for preparation of the applications
  • Clear and concise information about the areas of study available 
  • A "Meet our Students" page which profiles some of the fabulous students who came to the University this year through E12.
Please share this information with Year 12 advisers, careers advisers, and anyone else who might be assisting senior students with their university applications. 

* Applications open on 7 August. Information about E12 will be sent to all schools early next term.

Let's think ahead and promote ourselves
Victoria Loy from the Compass team will be heading out to Dubbo Senior College to present our Year 11 Thinking Ahead and Year 12 Promote Yourself workshops in July.

The "Thinking Ahead" workshop is desgined to increase the student's knowledge and awareness of pathways and scholarships and to increase their sense of confidence around preparing for scholarships.

The "Promote Yourself" workshop is a more indepth workshop building on the skills leanrt in "Thinking Ahead", which focuses on writing and examining a personal statement.

If your school is interested in these workshops or wish to discuss other available workshops please contact Trish Di-masi.

Robotics Workshop in Dubbo
Bridges to Higher Education partnered with three high schools and two primary schools in Dubbo for a day of professional development on campus at Dubbo Senior College on Thursday, 30 May.  The workshop was facilitated by John Burfoot, Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre Specialist.  The teachers built a basic LEGO robot, learnt the basics features of the LEGO NXT robot and LEGO Mindstorms software and participated in guided and open ended robotics challenges.  Following the workshop, Buninyong Primary School took up the offer to loan a LEGO NXT Robotics Kit for one month to use in the classroom - watch the students working with the robots at Buninyong Primary School

Schools who participated in the workshop were Dubbo College Senior, Dubbo College Delroy, Dubbo College South, Dubbo Public School and Buninyong Public School.

Read the full story about the Robots in Dubbo

Unique Compass student event
110 students and 8 teachers from Compass partner high schools had the opportunity of a lifetime on Thursday 18 June - to listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak at a forum at the University of Sydney entitled "Education Matters".

Wrapped in his customary red robes, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke with great humour about the purpose of education in creating a meaningful life.  The unique student event was hosted by The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) at the University of Sydney.

For the full story and podcast please go to the IDHR website.
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Business School
The University of Sydney Business School is committed to producing outstanding graduates from diverse backgrounds, who develop under our tutelage and progress to make their mark as leaders in business, and the community.

In 2001, the Business School awarded the inaugural David W Johnson Scholarship, offered to a student from rural New South Wales. Thirteen years later, the Business School remains steadfast in its commitment to providing opportunity, through a broad range of scholarships for Indigenous Australians, students from rural and regional areas of Australia, and those with financial need.

Students must apply with the Business School from October 2013 by visiting Business School Undergraduate Scholarships
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Resources for Science Teachers
You can now view the presentations from Bridges to Higher Education's Science videoconference.  

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 2 Unit Mathematics Online Bridging Course developed by the Mathematics Learning Centre and the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

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.

National Computer Science School 2014
National Computer Science School (2014) is an intensive 10-day computer programming and website development summer school held on site at the University of Sydney.

Who: Year 11 (and some Year 10) students and teachers
Saturday 4th - Monday 13th January, 2014
School of IT and The Women's College, University of Sydney Cost: $400 per student or teacher (including GST)

If you have any students that maybe interested, please contact Trish Di-masi to discuss potential funding assistance.
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What's Happening
Watch Models of Achievement
Register for your chance to use the Remote Laboratory
National Computer Science Program - Register now
Professional Learning for Teachers
Family Planning Association Workshops for Teachers
Rural Scholarships with Royal Agricultural Society now open!
Are your students thinking about university?
Useful Links
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A former child soldier who is now a lawyer, a factory worker who cracked a previously unsolvable equation, a Bulldogs player who completed his master's in commerce.

These are some of the stories being told in a new TV documentary series, Models of Achievement, which showcases Australians from Greater Western Sydney who have changed their lives through higher education and are making some remarkable contributions to the country's future.

The 10 part documentary series premiered last night on Television Sydney (TVS), digital 44. To see the full schedule visit Models of Achievement

Full article from the launch

Browse and watch the series with your class online
*Of interest to Stage 3 teachers, and secondary Science, IT, Engineering teachers.

 (in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney) enables students to remotely control laboratory equipment and perform experiments as in a traditional science lab, but over the internet. 
Remotelab can host more than 40 individual experiments in industrial, civil, computer, electronic and mechanical engineering, and physics.

Bridges to Higher Education is offering teachers of these subjects the chance to learn more by joining an information and discussion session with the Remotelabs project manager. If you like what you see, you'll be able to obtain a log-in from Remotelab so you can run experiments whenever you like. 

When:Tuesday 30 July
Who: Michel de la Villefromoy, Remotelab Project Manager
Where: Connect Schools Bridges
Registration: Caroline Taouk, or 9850 7398
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The National Computer Science School Challenge 2013, starts on August 5th for 5 weeks until 8th September.  In the Challenge, students (and teachers) learn how to program while they compete. Last year we had over 4200 high school students (and some primary students) and 330 teachers from 420 schools compete in the Challenge.  

When: 5 August - 8 September
What: The NCSS Challenge teaches students to code in Python 3.3. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services.

Teachers, click here to register!
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 .
Family Planning NSW Education are running a series of workshosp in Dubbo for teachers of primary and high schools students.

These courses are fantastic and unique education sessions that have a wealth of information.  If you would like more information, please refer to the Family Planning Association of NSW website.
Rural Scholarships are available to support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a passion for rural and commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW.

Scholarships of $5,000 for full-time study or $2,500 for part-time study are available. For more information please their rural scholarships website.
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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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