The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
11 OCTOBER, 2012
Welcome back!
We hope you all enjoyed the term break. 
Compass staff will be attending your school this week and next for consultation and planning meetings for 2013.  Please let your school's Compass Coordinator know if you have any ideas or a wish list for next year!

Upcoming Compass Program Evaluation for 2012


How the year has flown by!  As we enter term 4, it is time for the annual evaluation of the Compass program.  As in previous years, Erebus International will be working with the Compass team and partner schools to evaluate the impact of the program.  Partner schools will be contacted in the next week or so to participate in the evaluation, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.  Please do let the Erebus team know your thoughts on how the program is progressing, and the impact it is having on your students, staff and school community.

If you have any questions about the evaluation process please do not hesitate to contact Sophie Partridge, Senior Project Officer.

Cancellation policy
For information about cancelling activities, please see the policy on our website. We appreciate it if you can give 5 days advance notice of a drop in numbers or inability to attend. 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Liverpool Girls HS
Thursday 11 October Year 7 campus visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Liverpool Boys 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
 SECONDARY    |  
Bass HS
Friday 19 October Year 10 Study Skills workshop
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges to Higher Education Parents Campus Visit - The University of Sydney
Sunday 28 October
The five universities of the Bridges to Higher Education network have three campus visits coming up designed specifically for parents.

Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered, and a campus tour and refreshments provided.

See more information below
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Wednesday 7 November Open Night for Parents
Compass staff to attend
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges to Higher Education Parents Campus Visit - The University of Technology, Sydney
Tuesday 13 November
The five universities of the Bridges to Higher Education network have three campus visits coming up designed specifically for parents.

Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered, and a campus tour and refreshments provided.

See more information below
 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.
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges to Higher Education Parents Campus Visit - The University of Western Sydney
Thursday 13 December 
The five universities of the Bridges to Higher Education network have three campus visits coming up designed specifically for parents.

Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered, and a campus tour and refreshments provided.

See more information below
 COMPASS    |  
University Christmas Closedown
The University of Sydney will be closed from Tuesday 18 December, reopening Wednesday 2 January 2013. 

The last day for Compass business will be Friday 14 December. 
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 SECONDARY    |  
Apply for sponsorship to the Sydney Science Experience
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. 
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Consultation meetings & items to collect
As you know, the Compass staff are doing a round of consultation meeting in Weeks 1-2.  Thank you for working with us to schedule these meetings. 
If your school was part of the FP&E and Stop Motion program in Term 2 and 3, we will also collect the Evaluation Form and DVD/film. Please pass them to Compass Coordinator before the day for Compass staff to collect, so we can show the film at the Showcase on 24 November. 
 PRIMARY    |  
More Occupational Therapy resources available for sharing
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.
  • Core strength: building a strong foundation for learning
  • Motor planning: dyspraxia, the disorganised child
  • Sensory processing: is it sensory or behavior?
  • Fine motor skills: getting little hands working
New downloadable fact sheets are also available: 
  • Building Grip and pincher strength 
  • in-hand manipulation 
  • Liberating left handers.
You can download the resources from those sessions here via our website or copy and paste this link: http://sydney.edu.au/compass/teachers/resources.shtml
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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. 
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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 SECONDARY    |  
The Pinnacle Foundation scholarship applications
The Pinnacle Foundation was established to provide scholarships and mentoring for disadvantaged LGBTIQ youth. Scholarships will be provided for young LGBTIQ who desire to undertake full-time or part-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia.
The Pinnacle Foundation was established to provide scholarships and mentoring for disadvantaged LGBTIQ youth. Scholarships will be provided for young LGBTIQ who desire to undertake full-time or part-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia. It will be for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in any profession, trade or the arts. The grant will sit alongside and complement other government funding rather than duplicate it.

The Scholarship will under certain conditions cover such vital needs as the cost of tuition fees or dues to an approved educational institution, laptop, textbooks, uniforms, professional membership or student union fees, professional tools of trade and public transport concession passes.

Applications close on October 15. 

Call (02) 9990 4708 or visit www.thepinnaclefoundation.org 
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THE SEYMOUR CENTRE 2013 EDUCATION PROGRAM LAUNCH
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Teachers invited to launch of 2013 Arts Education program at the Seymour Centre
Please join the Seymour Centre for the unveiling of Seymour's full 2013 Arts Education Program for Primary and Secondary students including syllabus-based performances, workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers.  Priority bookings will also be taken on the night.

Date:  Wednesday 17 October
Time: 
4.30pm ­ drink on arrival  
5.00pm ­ launch including key-note speech by Debra Oswald ( co-   creator and head writer of the Network Ten series Offspring.) 
6.00pm ­ drinks and discussion with artists involved in the 2013    program

Venue:
 York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Cnr City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale

RSVP by Friday 12 October to education@seymour.sydney.edu.au

Please advise in your RSVP: 
Teacher name/s (places are limited to two representatives per school)
School name and type (ie Primary or Secondary)

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RESEARCH
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
STEM in the classroom
Latest Research:  Engaging Students through Technology

We know that many teachers at our partner schools are interested in exploring the use of technology in the classroom. The Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2012-2017 report is a collaborative research paper seeking to inform educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. 

http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/stl/2012/09/report_pinpoints_trends_challe.html

Or download the report as a PDF here.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS - UPCOMING CAMPUS VISITS
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit
The five universities of the Bridges to Higher Education network have three campus visits coming up designed specifically for parents.

Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered, and a campus tour and refreshments provided.
  • The University of Sydney
  • Sunday 28th October
  • 10.30 – 2pm 
  • The University of Technology, Sydney 
  • Tuesday 13th November 
  • 10 - 2pm 
  • (Arabic interpreters available) 
  • The University of Western Sydney 
  • Thursday 13th December 
  • 10 – 1.30pm 
Parents can talk to their school's CLO or CIO if interested, or simply register for any day online at www.sydney.edu.au/bridges-parents-visit 

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
The Seymour Centre 2013 Education Program Launch
Research
Information for Parents - upcoming campus visits
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Sir Joseph Banks HS students write for Compass
Useful links
COMPASS
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SIR JOSEPH BANKS HS STUDENTS WRITE FOR COMPASS
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Year 8 students Tayfun Yanar, Sam Nasser and Justin Whiting have contributed a news story about their recent campus visit for Year 8 Experience Day:

"On the 5th of September, our school, Sir Joseph Banks High School, accompanied by many other high schools in the South Western Sydney region, visited the University of Sydney... The university gave us a book about how to work with law and business as well as a calculator which came with a pen. We thought the lecture was very interesting and we also learnt a lot about business that we would have not learnt anywhere else.”

Read the whole story on our website.

Thank you to the student authors and their teacher, Ms Long, for the article. We look forward to featuring more writing from students on our website in the future.
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