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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
13 SEPTEMBER, 2012
Term 4 and beyond
  • As we prepare our 2013 program, Compass staff will be meeting with principals and Compass Coordinators at each school for consultation and planning meetings.  The schedule will be sent this week, with meetings to take place between 11 and 19 October (Term 4 Weeks 1 and 2). 
  • Applications for the E12 Early Offer scheme have now closed.  We thank and congratulate all the students at Compass partner schools who have applied, and wish them the best of luck.
  • Were you one of the teachers who accompanied students to the Year 8 Experience Day on campus last week? Thank you for helping make a great day for the 400-plus students.  Check out the photo gallery on our website next week!
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PARENTS    |  
Liverpool Boys HS
Thursday 20 September Compass meeting with parents
12 PM - 1PM
 SECONDARY    |  
Liverpool Girls HS
Thursday 11 October Year 7 campus visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Moorebank HS
Friday 12 October Year 10 Study Skills workshop
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah HS
Tuesday 16 October Year 10 Study Skills workshop
 SECONDARY    |  
Moorebank HS
Thursday 18 October Year 7 campus visit
 PARENTS    |  
Parents Campus Visit
Sunday 28 October
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Wednesday 7 November Open Night for Parents
Compass staff to attend
 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    |  
Program evaluations due
End of term program evaluations for the Film Production and Editing, Stop Motion Animation, and Occupational Therapy programs are now due. 

Please fax (8627 8518), email, or post the evaluations before the end of Term 3 to Sylvia Utami at Compass, Baxter's Lodge F02, The University of Sydney NSW 2006. 


 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: 


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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NEWS
 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp - applications now open
Teachers, year advisers and careers advisers with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: 

SydPIC is a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students in Years 10 or 11 who are interested in science or health science to learn more about study and careers in pharmacy. Students will stay on campus for a four-day camp while they participate in workshops, lab sessions, and field trips. All costs are covered by the Faculty of Pharmacy. 

Pease click here for full brochure on the Faculty of Pharmacy's website. 

Dates: Sunday 20 - Thursday 24 January, 2013
Location: University of Sydney Camperdown campus 
Cost: All travel, accommodation, insurance, and tuition costs will be covered by the Faculty of Pharmacy.  
Registration: By application form, available here. 
Faculty contact and camp coordinator: Dr Nial Wheate is happy to answer any questions that teachers, students, or parents have about the camp. He can be reached on 9036 7647. 

Between 15 - 25 places are available, and this opportunity will be advertised throughout Sydney secondary schools. Applications are due by 26 October 2012 - don't miss out!  



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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit
The five universities of the Bridges to Higher Education collaboration will be running a campus visit for parents at the University of Sydney on Sunday 28 October. Invitations and information will be coming to schools and CLOs shortly.  

Please contact one of the Compass team if your parents would like to meet us - as you can see in the Upcoming Activities section, we are pleased to attend P&C events and parents meetings at your school.  

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    |  
The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
27 - 28 September, 2012

The Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education has a tertiary focus, but the conference may be of interest to teachers of HSC-level science. Please check the draft program here on the IISME website for more information.  

Want to register?  Your schools' Professional Learning budget can be used for registration fees - please see your Compass Coordinator.  
 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
You're invited to Kogarah IEC's 'Strange Picnic'
Instant connection at the Macleay Museum
Useful links
COMPASS
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YOU'RE INVITED TO KOGARAH IEC'S 'STRANGE PICNIC'
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Our Stop Motion Animation program, facilitated by Sydney College of the Arts lecturer and filmmaker Jack McGrath, is run by teachers and students in their classroom, and builds students' creative capacities while also meeting curriculum outcomes in a range of KLAs.  

Recently, Kogarah IEC students completed their stop-motion masterpiece, Strange Picnic.  We invite you to join these mysterious diners on their fantastic journey...click here to see the amazing video on our website. 

In Term 3, Bexley and Kogarah PS will be running the program, and students' works will be exhibited at this year's Compass Showcase on the 24th of November.

Schools will have the chance to apply for the Animation and Film Production & Editing programs during the upcoming consultation meetings in October. 

INSTANT CONNECTION AT THE MACLEAY MUSEUM
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Recently, 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.
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