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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
19 SEPTEMBER, 2012
Last Compass Directions for Term 3
  • The 2013 consultation meeting schedule has been sent to principals and Compass coordinators, with meetings set to take place between 11 - 19 October.  Please make sure you respond to this email and confirm your availability. Thank you to those principals who have already sent their confirmations.  
  • Secondary science, computer science, and mathematics teachers may be interested in a new, free PL workshop run by the School of Information Technologies and sponsored by Google. The workshop takes place in the school holidays, so no teacher release is required. See the entry in Professional Learning Opportunities below. 
  • We wish everyone in schools a happy and safe holiday, and look forward to seeing you in Term 4.  Enjoy the break!
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    |  
Liverpool Boys HS & Liverpool Girls HS
Thursday 11 October Sydney Law School Visit
9.45 AM - 2.00 PM
The Sydney University Law Society and Compass are hosting a campus activity for Year 9 & 10 students in the Refugee Transition Program. Activities include a moot court session, campus tour, and pathways to university presentation.
 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    |  
Bridges to Higher Education 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    |  
Occupational Therapy resources are now available
In Term 3 Compass' Occupational Therapy program introduced professional development sessions for teachers via Connected Classrooms. The resources that the Compass OT program made available will help to sustain the strategies in the future.  There were four sessions with applicable topics:
  • Core strength: building a string foundation for learning
  • Motor planning: dyspraxia, the disorganised child
  • Sensory processing: is it sensory or behavior?
  • Fine motor skills: getting little hands working
You can download the resources from those sessions here via our website. 
 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.
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APPLY FOR SPONSORSHIP TO THE SYDNEY SCIENCE EXPERIENCE
 SECONDARY    |  
The Sydney Science Experience, January 9 - 11, 2013
Compass is offering sponsorships for students who are currently in Year 9 and 10 from Compass partner high schools to participate in The Science Experience at The University of Sydney from 9 - 11 January, 2013.  

We are hoping that this sponsorship will benefit high school students who are enthusiastic and keen to further develop their interest in science within the university environment. There is a total of 10 sponsorships available across all Compass partner high schools and recipients will be selected through an application process. 

We recommend science teachers nominate student/s who are keen and will benefit from this program, but may be restricted financially.

Brochures and application forms have been sent to Compass Coordinators - please contact your school's coordinator to nominate students. 

Click here to see a video of the 2012 Sydney Science Experience. 
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NEWS
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Athelstane PS
Congratulations to Melinda Levy, Susan Gonzalez and the talented students at Athelstane Public School for having their film Max and His Waterbombs accepted into the highly competitive 2012 Film by the Sea Festival!

Films will be screened on 30 & 31 October at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre. See http://www.filmbythesea.com.au/ for more information. 

Compass encourages all partner schools to enter their stop motion animation and film productions into festivals, and we are very pleased that Athelstane Public School will be able to showcase their fantastic movie! Don't forget that you can also see the films from the Stop Motion Animation and Film Production programs at the Compass Showcase on 24 November, along with photographs and video of the year's events. 

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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    |  
Computer Science for High School Workshop

27 & 28 September

CS4HS is a free two-day workshop for high school teachers that aims to increase teachers' knowledge and ability to promote and teach computer science and computational thinking the classroom. 

Participants can work with actual classroom materials to help teach programming and computing in schools, as well as help incorporate computer science skills into science and maths classes in line with the proposed national curriculum. 

The workshop is sponsored by Google, and senior software engineers will also attend.  

To register:click here or go to sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/~cs4hs/register.html
For more information: 9351 3423

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 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
Apply for sponsorship to the Sydney Science Experience
News
Information for Parents
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Year 8 students experience campus life
Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp - applications now open
Useful links
COMPASS
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YEAR 8 STUDENTS EXPERIENCE CAMPUS LIFE
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Close to 400 students from Compass partner high schools visited the University for the annual Year 8 Experience Day. To help them become familiar with the range of options available to them in higher education, the students selected morning and afternoon electives from a variety of activities run by University Schools and Faculties.  The aim of the day is to help students make connections between their interests, higher education, and future careers. 

With so many students to coordinate into just 30 sessions, not all students got their first choice of activity, but in some cases that turned out to be a positive - “I think I love science now!” – and in others, the experience of trying out something new brought their true interests into sharper focus.  By talking to student ambassadors, faculty, and staff, they also started to realize how much choice and flexibility features in pathways to higher education: “You don’t have to know what you want to do… People change their minds a lot with what they want to be.” 

Read the full story on our website, and see the photos and video of the students on campus. 
SYDNEY PHARMACY INDIGENOUS CAMP - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
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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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