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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
5 SEPTEMBER, 2012
Nearing the end of Term 3
Compass will begin planning for 2013 shortly. We will soon contact principals, Compass coordinators and teachers to hear your thoughts on the 2012 program as we prepare to develop the 2013 offerings.  If you would like to communicate any feedback or ideas to us before we see you, feel free to contact Sophie Partridge on 8627 8523. 

Need information from Compass to help your school planning for 2013?  Please be in touch.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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, SECONDARY    |  
Science and Mathematics teachers invited to join discussion paper forum
The NSW Government's recently released "Great Teaching, Inspired Learning" discussion paper is now open for public consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to encourage all education stakeholder groups and the broader community to have a conversation about what we can change and improve in order to have the best possible teaching in NSW classrooms.

The Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education is making a submission and invites you to attend this forum to give your opinion: 

Date: 19 September 2012

Time: 12pm-2pm

Location: New Law Annexe Seminar Room 346, University of Sydney

To RSVP, contact Victoria Loy at Compass. 

To view the discussion paper (pdf) and FAQs (pdf). More information can be found at http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/news/greatteaching/index.php

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 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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NEWS
 SECONDARY    |  
Regional Students sign up for Honeywell Summer School of Engineering
As the 2012 host University this year, the University of Sydney is pleased to be offering scholarships to five regional Year 11 students who have registered for the Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) being held in December 2012. One student from Dubbo Senior College and four from Red Bend Catholic College will be attending.

Read more on the Social Inclusion website here:
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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Videos for parents
The video 'Higher Education: It's for Everyone' was made in 2011 by the Bridges to Higher Education group (formerly Sydney Widening Participation in Higher Education Forum). The video shows the perspective of parents whose children are the first in their family to attend university, and of students and parents who have immigrated to Australia. 

In addition, we regularly record our activities and events so that we can share them with a wider audience. Please direct parents interested in what their child is doing with the Compass program to the Video section of our website (or to our YouTube page).
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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
News
Information for Parents
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
E12 Early Admissions Scheme: applications close 6 September
Instant connection at the Macleay Museum
Always a good time when Year 7 visits
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.
INSTANT CONNECTION AT THE MACLEAY MUSEUM
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Last week, students from one of Compass partner schools, Athelstane Public School, had a rare opportunity: they 'met' students from one of the most northern schools in Australia, Mer Eruer Uter, the Murray Island campus of the Torres Strait's Tagai College. The meeting was virtual, taking place over Skype, but Macleay Museum curator Jude Philp facilitated a very real conversation about languages, school gardens, and the best weekend activities.
ALWAYS A GOOD TIME WHEN YEAR 7 VISITS
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Compass once again welcomed Year 7 students from our partner high schools onto the University of Sydney.  Over three days in Term 3, students from Kogarah, Condell Park and Marrickville High Schools were introduced to higher education options, while also getting a feel for the University environment.

Highlights included visits to the University’s Macleay Museum, where students explored the intriguing permanent displays of insects, animals, birds, reptiles, scientific instruments, art and skeletons, and tours of campus led by the popular University Student Ambassadors.  Students were clearly amazed by the range of sights/sites on campus!

Read the full story on our website.
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