The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
23 AUGUST, 2012
OPEN DAY THIS WEEKEND
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY OPEN DAY THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 25
Come and share a coffee with the Compass team in the Quad Refectory Room between 9.30 AM and 3.30 PM (click here for a map).

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. 

SUCCESSFUL LEARNING CONFERENCE 2012

CATERING FOR DIVERSITY IN CLASSROOMS
Compass can fund teachers to attend this conference. Contact Victoria Loy to register your interest now. 

Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 October 2012

  • Annual conference focusing on the provision of quality education for K-12 students with additional learning needs in the mainstream classroom. 
  • Approved by NSWIT as registered professional development accreditation maintenance. 
Presentations include:
  • 'Responding to diversity: Personal and professional sustainability'
  • 'Implementing collaborative strategic reading in diverse classrooms'
  • 'Rethinking the 'What' and 'How' in teaching reading in NSW schools'
Compass coordinators will receive an email next week with printable PDFs of the conference schedule and other Professional Learning opportunities.  Look out for these in your staff rooms. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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
 SECONDARY    |  
Compass Year 8 Experience Day
Wednesday 5 September Camperdown Campus

Students take part in hands-on tutorials, demonstrations, and practical sessions, tour the campus, and meet with current students to get a taste of university life.
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY, PARENTS    |  
Compass Showcase
Saturday 24 November Camperdown Campus
The showcase is an opportunity for school communities to present and celebrate the work they've done with us over the year. 
Mark this date!  More information to follow.
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PATHWAYS TO UNIVERSITY
 SECONDARY    |  
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.
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
Free Occupational Therapy Professional Development sessions via videoconference
You probably have noticed the bright yellow poster in your staff room...it's an invitation for FREE occupational therapy (OT) professional development session for teachers.

First session next week: Tuesday 28 August
Topic: 
Core strength: building a strong foundation for learning 
Second session: Wednesday 29 August Motor planning: The disorganised child. 

TIME: 
3.15PM - 4.15PM AEST. 

Please login using the Virtual Meeting Room (VMR) number provided (please check with the Compass Co-ordinator for the dial in number)

All teachers are welcome and all sessions are FREE. For more information please contact sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au
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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
 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.
 PARENTS    |  
MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program Training for Parents
Are you keen to get parents involved with their children's reading development? This is a an excellent opportunity to engage parents in literacy support at your school. 

Compass is offering free training in the MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program for parents from Compass partner schools. The training will be facilitated by Karyn Knowles, MULTILIT coordinator at Bexley Public School, and will teach participants how to deliver the program. 

*Parents will be able to deliver the program, but teachers will still need to perform placement testing.  

Course Name: MULTILIT
Date: Friday 7 September (Week 8, Term 3)
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Venue: Panania Public School, Lawler Street, Panania
Registration Deadline: Wednesday 29 August (Week 7)
Places are limited and will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis.

Please contact Mike Tran at Compass via email or on 86278516 for more information.  

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
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 – 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.  

Applications for financial assistance have now closed. However, Compass can still cover your registration costs as part of your Professional Learning budget.  See your Compass coordinator for more information. 

 SECONDARY    |  
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
Upcoming Activities
Pathways to University
Reminders & Notices
Information for Parents
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
E12 early offer scheme launched at the University of Sydney
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.
USEFUL LINKS
> Compass
> Social Inclusion Unit
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