Down the Track
Tuesday 3 September
Farewell to Rural and Regional Officer Trish Di Masi
A very fond farewell to the Rural and Regional Programs Officer, Patricia Di Masi.  Trish did fantastic work with communities, particularly in Dubbo, Forbes and Broken Hill and we thank her for her contribution.  We wish Trish all the best of luck in her new role in the Scholarships Office at the University of Sydney.
 
Sophie Partridge will now be the main contact for the partnerships that Trish has built with rural and regional schools, and looks forward to meeting you all soon.  In the meantime please contact Sophie about anything relating to partnerships, or just to say hello!

Sophie.partridge@sydney.edu.au, 02 8627 8523
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
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Staff Visits to Dubbo and Forbes
Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th September 

Compass team members will be visiting Dubbo Senior College, Buninyong Primary School and Forbes High School to meet with staff and teachers.  We look forward to discussing future plans.

 SECONDARY    |  
E12 Applications Close Friday 6th September
Friday 6th September

Applications for the University of Sydney E12 Early Offer Scheme close.  Please see the notices section below for more information.
 SECONDARY    |  
Bridges to Higher Education: History Videoconference
Tuesday 10 September | via Connected Classrooms
Bridges to Higher Education brings History academics from three Sydney universities into the classroom. Open to all schools.

Click Here for more information.
 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney University Law Society and Compass Regional Visit
Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of November

Student Volunteers from the University of Sydney visit the Dubbo and Forbes area to run workshops with Year 10 students on going to university.

 PRIMARY    |  
OT Professional Development Workshops for Teachers
The Occupational Therapy (OT) professional development sessions will focus on providing teachers with helpful OT practices to support student development in the classroom.  All teachers can dial in via Connected Classrooms to these short and informative sessions:

Monday, 9 September,  3.30pm – 4.10pm
Topics: Brain Breaks and Finger Gym Program
 
Tuesday, 10 September, 3.30pm – 4.10pm
Topics: Attention and Heavy Work and Body Awareness

Wednesday, 11 September, 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: The Alert Program and Core Strength and Posture

Thursday 12 September, 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: Apps for OT and Hypermobility

Contact Sylvia Utami – Sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au to book in!

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NOTICES AND REMINDERS
 WINGARA MURA - BUNGA BARRABUGU SUMMER PROGRAM    |  
Applications open
Summer programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently in Years 8, 9, 10, and 11:

The Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer Programs is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are considering studies beyond high school. Programs take place at the University between 13–17 January, 2014.  

Please contact Bianca Williams at Compass for more information.
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Looking for something extra in History this term?
Bridges to Higher Education brings History academics from three Sydney universities into your classroom.  All you have to do is dial in on Tuesday 10 September via Connected Classrooms!

This session's topics: 
  • Judy Adnum (Macquarie University):  It’s not easy being green From Chernobyl to the after effects of the Japanese Tsunami, how does this affect students in Australia?
  • Professor Robert Lee (University of Western Sydney): Why History matters to Australia’s Asian Future: reflections on the Henry White Paper of 2012 
  • Dr Dan Penny (University of Sydney): Unearthing Angkor’s Secret History: Stories from a geoscientist 
Teachers and students can ask presenters questions about the topic or about university study. 

Register by Friday 6 September by email to bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au with the school name, year level and number of students. Confirmation will be sent to you on dialling in and accessing the presentations. You can download the flyer here.
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E12 Early Offer program website for 2013
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 is now live for the 2013 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 aboutthe areas of study available 
  • "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. 
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English and History in Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonabarabran
On 29th and 30th of August, a team of academics from English and History travelled to Dubbo, Gilgandra and Coonabarabran as part of their Widening Participation project 'Building sustainable rural engagement in English and History'. During that trip, the team met with staff at Dubbo Library, Dubbo Senior College, Gilgandra High School and Coonabarabran High School as well as other members of the community to discuss possible future collaborations. At Coonabarabran, historians and literary scholars also engaged with students from year 9 to year 12 on studying history and English at school and at university.

For more information click here and here

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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Notices and Reminders
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS GET PREPARED WITH NEW FUNDING
MEET OUR E12 STUDENTS
CONFERENCE UPDATE: ABORIGINAL STUDIES IN AN ERA OF CURRICULUM CHANGE
USEFUL LINKS
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS GET PREPARED WITH NEW FUNDING
Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in attending university will receive assistance as part of the Get Prepared program, which just received $1.35 million from the federal government.

"Get Prepared is all about early, effective and sustained engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, their families and communities, to increase their successful transition to university," said Annette Cairnduff, Director of Social Inclusion at the University.

Read the full story on our website.
MEET OUR E12 STUDENTS
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Early Offer applications are open now until 6 September. 
But more than 100 successful 2012 applicants are already halfway through their first year at the University of Sydney. How are they doing?   

Faculty of Arts (English & History) student Lauren Pearce: "I hadn’t really been considering Sydney Uni, because I live in the Western suburbs so the distance and the travel costs would’ve made it difficult.The E12 scholarship has really helped with those challenges – without that it would’ve been hard to find the money.
2013 E12 Early Offer applications are open now until 6 September. 
But more than 100 successful 2012 applicants are already halfway through their first year at the University of Sydney. How are they doing?  

Faculty of Arts (English & History) student Lauren Pearce: "I hadn’t really been considering Sydney Uni, because I live in the Western suburbs so the distance and the travel costs would’ve made it difficult.The E12 scholarship has really helped with those challenges – without that it would’ve been hard to find the money. And the Access card has been great. It gives you discounts on everything – stationery, food – it all just makes things a whole lot easier. Now that I’m here, I think Sydney Uni is fantastic – better than I possibly could’ve imagined. It makes the two-and-a-half hours of travelling a day worthwhile, because it means I get to come here!"

Read other stories like Lauren's on the E12 Meet Our Students pag
CONFERENCE UPDATE: ABORIGINAL STUDIES IN AN ERA OF CURRICULUM CHANGE
12 - 13 December 2013, The University of Sydney

***CALL for PAPERS***

Are you doing good things in Aboriginal Education? If you wish to join the excitement of a new era in Aboriginal curriculum, visit ASA website and download the Registration form

Registration Closing : 30 November 2013
Early Bird : 30 October 2013
USEFUL LINKS
> Social Inclusion Unit
> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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