The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
15 AUGUST, 2012
Pathways to university
EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS
UAC Equity scholarship applications for 2013 are now open. Students can read the questions they'll be asked here, and can download the information booklet here. Applications close on Friday 28 September.

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY OPEN DAY 
Careers Advisers: The faculty-based mini-lectures are a great opportunity for students in Years 10 and 11 to learn more about fields they're interested in and popular courses.  For example:
  • International and Global Studies
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering
  • Undergraduate study and careers in Visual Arts
Click here for mini-lectures schedule. 

Compass at Open Day
Come and see us at Open Day in the Quad Refectory Room between 9.30 AM and 3.30 PM (click here for a map) for info, a cup of tea, and to see more about what students have been doing with the Compass program.

Year 12 registration for PROMOTE YOURSELF Session Two
Thank you to those students who have already registered for their one-on-one personal statement consultation at Open Day.  Students can click here to register, or via the Teachers page on the Compass website.  Registrations close Monday 20 August. 
 
YEAR 8 EXPERIENCE DAY REGISTRATIONS DUE
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5 September is Compass Experience Day for Year 8 students
We know that Compass coordinators and Year 8 teachers are in the process of selecting students for Year 8 Experience Day and then registering for morning and afternoon activities.  We appreciate their hard work and extra efforts at this busy time of year, and ask anyone who might be able to, to give them a hand!  

Click here to access the registration page, or visit sydney.edu.au/compass-experience-day

Thank you to those schools who have submitted their registrations.

Registration closes by COB on Friday 17 August.  Please get in touch with a member of the Compass team to let us know any problems or questions. 
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UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah HS
Thursday 16 August Year 7 campus visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Thursday 16 August Nicholson Museum visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Fairfield PS
Friday 17 August Science Unleashed Phase 3 lesson
Facilitated by Compass staff and student volunteers
 SECONDARY    |  
Condell Park HS
Thursday 22 August Year 7 campus visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Wednesday 22 August Nicholson Museum Phase 3 lesson
Facilitated by Compass staff and student volunteers
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Thursday 23 August Year 7 campus visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Panania PS
Thursday 23 August Science Unleashed Phase 3 lesson
Facilitated by Compass staff and student volunteers
 SECONDARY    |  
University of Sydney Open Day
Saturday 25 August The University invites you to explore the campus, learn about the hundreds of courses on offer, and discover what life at Sydney is really like.

Download the program from the University website here.
 SECONDARY    |  
Condell Park HS
Wednesday 29 August Year Ten Study Skills workshop
 PRIMARY    |  
Kogarah PS
Friday 31 August Science Unleashed Phase 3 lesson
Facilitated by Compass staff and student volunteers
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Friday 31 August Year Ten Study Skills workshop
 PRIMARY    |  
Bexley PS
Wednesday 5 September Science Unleashed Phase 3 lesson
Facilitated by Compass staff and student volunteers
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UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY OPEN DAY 2012
 PARENTS    |  
What's happening at Open Day?
Learn more about Open Day on the university website
Download the web app to create your own program here

Selected highlights:
Parents' seminar
New Law Building Annex – Auditorium 101
11.00 12.00 

Transition from school to university
Quadrangle, General Lecture Theatre
12.00 -1.00 

Scholarship opportunities
New Law Building Annex – Auditorium 101
12.00 - 1.00 

What if I don't get in? – alternative pathways to Sydney 
Footbridge Theatre
1.30 2.00

On Open Day free buses will run to and from:
  • Railway Square at Central, to and from the Quadrangle (outside Fisher Library). Buses will depart every 10 minutes between 9am and 4.30pm.
See the website for more transport information.
Learn more about Open Day on the university website
Download the web app to create your own program here

Selected highlights:
Parents' seminar
New Law Building Annex – Auditorium 101
11.00 12.00 

Transition from school to university
Quadrangle, General Lecture Theatre
12.00 -1.00 

Scholarship opportunities
New Law Building Annex – Auditorium 101
12.00 - 1.00 

What if I don't get in?
 – alternative pathways to Sydney 
Footbridge Theatre
1.30 2.00

On Open Day free buses will run to and from the following locations:
  • Railway Square at Central, to and from the Quadrangle (outside Fisher Library). Buses will depart every 10 minutes between 9am and 4.30pm.
See the website for more transport information. 

Open Day is not just for Year 12 students - it's a great opportunity for students in Years 10 and 11 to find out more about degrees and careers in their areas of interest.  
  • Students can get one-on-one careers advice and talk to companies about what they look for in graduates.
Careers Advisers:

The faculty-based mini-lectures are a great opportunity for students in Years 10 and 11 to learn more about fields they're interested in and popular courses.  For example:
  • International and Global Studies
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Civil Engineering
  • Undergraduate study and careers in Visual Arts
Click here for mini-lectures schedule.
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy Professional Development session for teachers
Compass would like to invite all primary school teachers to join us for OT professional development sessions. All sessions will focus on providing teachers with helpful OT practices to support student development in the classroom.

Topics include:
  • Motor planning: the disorganised child
  • Sensory processing: is it sensory or behaviour?
  • Fine motor skills: getting little hands working
The sessions will be delivered through video conferencing, so you don’t have to travel very far! 

For topic and session availability please collect a copy of the information flyer from your Compass Coordinator.  RSVP 17 August 2012. For more information please contact sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
The third Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting
These meetings have been held, with interested schools, once a term since 2008. The Professional Learning Partners have been developing a professional dialogue about issues related to mentoring including responses to the NSW Institute of Teachers’ guidelines.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:

·         Amenah Mourad & Carolyn Delany Haberfield PS – Starting a conversation about literary texts

·         Dr Tony Loughland University of Sydney- Using annotated video analysis to assist reflection in the action learning process

And to discuss your involvement with the university in further developing mentoring in your school, especially for preservice and early career teachers.

Wednesday 22 August

5.00-7.00PM
Room 612
The Faculty of Education and Social Work

RSVP: victoria.loy@sydney.edu.au



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NATIONAL LITERACY AND NUMERACY WEEK
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
Team up with Compass for NLNW

National Literacy and Numeracy Week 2012
 takes place from the 27 August to 2 September. 

The celebration gives schools the opportunity to get involved in a range of literacy and numeracy activities. The week aims to recognise locally the achievements of students and the work of teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills.

Is your school running a competition as part of National Literacy and Numeracy Week?  Compass can sponsor a prize for each school (Dymocks voucher) and publish winning entries on the Compass website!

Please contact Sophie Partridge, Senior Project Officer, at Sophie.partridge@sydney.edu.au

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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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Science Teachers Workshop, 5 - 9 November 2012
The Science Teachers’ Workshops are professional development courses offered across multiple disciplines (agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics) over a one-week period in November 2012.  The courses are suitable for high school science teachers of all levels. 

Click here to read more, download the program, and register.  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All Compass partner schools can use their Professional Development budget to pay the workshop fees. To help cover the cost of teacher relief, 
the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers’ Workshop 2012.  

(As funding is limited, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be successful). 

Who can apply for financial assistance?
Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:
  • ·       Currently teaching in a NSW Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • ·       Currently teaching at HSC level in a relevant discipline e.g. sciences or agriculture
  • ·       Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Workshop in November 2012
  • ·       Applications close on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Please refer to the website form more information and application procedure. 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/teachers_workshop_financial_assistance.shtml

What is the Science Teachers’ Workshop?

The Science Teachers’ Workshops are professional development courses offered across multiple disciplines (agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics) over a one-week period in November 2012.  The courses are suitable for high school science teachers of all levels – whether you’re just starting out, teaching in a new area, or have years of experience – our program has something for you.

Click here to read more, download the program, and register.  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All Compass partner schools can use their Professional Development budget to pay the workshop fees. To help cover the cost of teacher relief, 
the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers’ Workshop 2012. 

Who can apply for financial assistance?
Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:
  • ·       Currently teaching in a NSW Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • ·       Currently teaching at HSC level in a relevant discipline e.g. sciences or agriculture
  • ·       Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Workshop in November 2012
  • ·       Applications close on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Please refer to the website form more information and application procedure. 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/teachers_workshop_financial_assistance.shtml
 

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Culturally Diverse Music Programs
The Music Educators’ Series
AT THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 
Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan
  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

Culturally Diverse Music Programs

Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan

  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

In this workshop examples of culturally inclusive extra-curricular program models that have been successfully implemented within schools will be given and examined. Practical activities will focus on building participants’ confidence in successfully integrating repertoire from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds with appropriate pedagogical strategies, to result in authentic, high-quality performances.

Cost: $60 Early Bird Rate (for enrolments prior to 26 October) 

$80 (for enrolments after 26 October)

Enrolments available until 8 November or until all places filled. Morning tea is included.

Click here to see the brochure, or for more information please call the Con on 9351 1240.

To register as a Compass Professional Learning activity, please use the Compass online registration form.
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Conversations about literary texts – module 1
Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1  

Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1   
Blended mode – 12 hours face-to-face at Homebush Boys High School + 8 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code C08360. 
  • Teaching grammar in primary school and middle years.
  • The teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. 
  • Details and dates TBA
 ONLINE MODULE    |  
Mentoring - Module 1
Mentoring - Module 1

Mentoring - Module 1
Available all Term 4 2011 – Opens Week 1
NSWIT Course Code C08579

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are involved in mentoring and all teachers interested in professional development related to mentoring, teacher induction and teacher accreditation issues.

The course will include:
  • a critical overview of the research in the areas of professional development, mentoring and teacher induction
  • a study of key issues related to the concept of mentoring and teacher induction identified through the review of literature
  • analysis of the current developments around standards of professional practice
  • opportunities for individuals to discuss and investigate specific mentoring issues and develop mentoring skill.
 ON CAMPUS    |  
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
1 – 2 November
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’

*REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN* 
1 – 2 November

Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
Michael Ungar is a University Research Professor and Professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. As the Director of the Resilience Research Centre, he currently leads a number of studies of resilience involving researchers from more than a dozen countries on six continents.He is also the author of eight books including:
  • Strengths-Based Counseling with At-Risk Youth
  • We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids
  • Playing at Being Bad: The Hidden Resilience of Troubled Teens, and
  • Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.
See future Compass Directions for more information.
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CONTENTS
Year 8 Experience Day registrations due
Upcoming Activities
University of Sydney Open Day 2012
Reminders & Notices
National Literacy and Numeracy Week
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
E12 early offer scheme launched at the University of Sydney
Literacy Stepping Stones - Celebrating Speech Pathology
Faculty of Education and Social Work Talks: The Honorable Adrian Piccoli, MP
Useful links
COMPASS
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E12 EARLY OFFER SCHEME LAUNCHED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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The University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.
The University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.

Students who are offered an early conditional offer under the scheme will have a place reserved just for them at the University of Sydney. Provided they meet the special ATAR cut-offs and subject bands for their preferred course, these students will then have their offer confirmed through UAC in the early January round.

"School students might not reach their desired final mark for a variety of reasons. The E12 scheme means that we can still recruit and support young people with the potential to succeed at the University and beyond," said University of Sydney Director of Social Inclusion Annette Cairnduff.

School principals have received a letter from the university and information for schools and parents about the scheme.
LITERACY STEPPING STONES - CELEBRATING SPEECH PATHOLOGY
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Primary school teachers and literacy specialists: 

The Faculty of Health Sciences invites you to attend 'Literacy Stepping Stones', an event which will explore the latest developments in research and practice in children's communication and literacy. 

Speakers: 
Karen Trengrove, Learn2Communicate founder & speech pathologist
Dr Tricia McCabe, Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology & Undergraduate Program Director

When: 6 pm - 8pm, Monday 20 August
Where: S Block, Cumberland Campus, 75 East St Lidcombe. 
Cost: Free, but registration is required. 
RSVP: Maria Humphreys, Alumni Relations officer T: 9351 9806

Free childcare is provided for ages 12 months and up.
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL WORK TALKS: THE HONORABLE ADRIAN PICCOLI, MP
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The Faculty presents the latest in its Education & Social Work TALKS series. The Honourable Adrian Piccoli MP, the State Minister for Education, will discuss the recent report from the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities’, Local Schools, Local Decisions. The Minister will discuss his vision for progress and innovation through the five reform areas identified in the report and take questions from the audience. 
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> Social Inclusion Unit
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