The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
29 AUGUST, 2012
Involve parents in literacy support at your school
Our free training in the MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program for parents from Compass partner schools is an excellent opportunity to engage parents in their children's reading development at school.  Training takes place on Friday 7 September - please read on below for more information, or contact Mike Tran  on 8627 8516. 

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
 The Epping Club, Rawson St, Epping
  • 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 have received an email with printable PDFs of the conference schedule and other Professional Learning opportunities.  Look out for these in your staff rooms. 

  • Thank you to the staff and students who came along to visit us at the University's Open Day on Saturday 25 August - it was nice to see you! We hope that you enjoyed the sun, the surrounds, and the food, and picked up a bit of information along the way!  Once again we'd like to acknowledge the generous support of the National Rugby League and the Future Direction Network who made it possible for students, teachers, and parents to travel to Open Day together.  Read on for more about Open Day. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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.
 PARENTS    |  
MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program Training for Parents
Friday 7 September Panania PS
10.00 AM - 2.00 PM
Free training in the MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program for parents from Compass partner schools. Facilitated by Karyn Knowles, MULTILIT coordinator at Bexley Public School.
 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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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
OT Professional Development videoconference sessions are underway
So far six schools have joined in for the first two videoconference sessions.  If you'd like to come on board for the second two, please find the details below: 

Third session: Tuesday 4 September Sensory Processing: Is it sensory or behaviour? 

Fourth session: Thursday 6 September
Fine motor skills: Getting little hands working

Both times:
3.20 - 4.00 PM

All teachers are welcome and all sessions are FREE. For more information please contact sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au.

Resources will be made available on the Compass website shortly - watch this space!
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY, PARENTS    |  
Annual Chancellor's Book Fair
Raise money for scholarships AND find a hidden gem at a bargain price?  The annual University of Sydney Chancellor's Book Sale starts on Saturday 8 September in the Great Hall, Camperdown Campus

The Book Fair will include 65,000 second-hand books in 100 categories, ranging from fiction to art, poetry, travel, literature and foreign languages, as well as vintage and collectable books.  High school texts and academic books will also be on sale, and there will be a special 'slow auction' of rare and collectable books over the weekend.

Money raised from the Book Fair goes to scholarships, maintenance of the University’s historic buildings and other university-wide projects.

For this event, the university will offer free parking on campus on the weekend of 8 and 9 September.

See you there!
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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program Training for Parents
Are you keen to get parents involved with their children's reading development? 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
Reminders & Notices
Information for Parents
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
E12 Early Admissions Scheme: applications close 6 September
Unleashing the inner scientist
Students find Compass at Open Day
Useful links
COMPASS
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E12 EARLY ADMISSIONS SCHEME: APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 SEPTEMBER
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The University of Sydney recently launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12). Year 12 students in most of Compass' partner schools are eligible to apply, and we encourage all principals, careers advisers, and Year 12 teachers to share this information with any eligible students. Applications for 2013 close on Thursday 6 September.

More information can be found on the website here, or you can contact the Future Students helpline at the University of Sydney on 1300 362 006.

IMPORTANT DATES: 
  • 6 September 2012
    E12 applications close for students
  • 7 September 2012
    E12 applications close for principals
  • 24 to 28 September 2012
    E12 interviews with faculties
  • 28 September 2012
    UAC applications close
    Applications close for most University scholarships
  • 5 October 2012
    E12 conditional offers released
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.
UNLEASHING THE INNER SCIENTIST
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During National Science Week, more than 770 students from eleven of our partner primary schools attended Science Unleashed, the Australian Museum's annual science festival. The next generations of young scientists from Bexley, Condell Park, Fairfield, Kogarah, Panania, Revesby South, Villawood East, Wattawa Heights, Wilkins, Yagoona and Athelstane public schools attended the educational and fun-filled event.

Read the full story on our website here:
STUDENTS FIND COMPASS AT OPEN DAY
The beautiful weather on Saturday 25 August created an inviting atmosphere for the annual University of Sydney Open Day.  The university precinct was packed with students, parents and teachers from all over Sydney seeking out information about higher education: attending mini-lectures in different faculties, quizzing admissions staff, and touring the campus. This year, Compass joined the festivities and welcomed students from our partner high schools.  

Read the full story on our website.
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