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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
25 OCTOBER, 2012
RSVPs to Compass Principals' Meetings due
Since starting the program in 2009, we have held annual planning meetings with all our partner Principals and Coordinators to discuss the the overall strategy of the Compass program. We will have the opportunity to review the summary of all the recommendations elicited from these consultations at these meetings.

Principals and Compass Coordinator  - Primary Schools

Wednesday October 31
8.30am – 10.00am
Location: Arncliffe DEC office, Avenal & Segenhoe St, Arncliffe NSW 2205

Principals and Compass Coordinator  - High Schools

Thursday 1st November, 2013
8.30am – 10.00am
Location: Riverwood DEC office, 11 Union St, Riverwood, NSW 2210

Please RSVP as soon as possible 
to Miriam Pellicano at Compass. 

Erebus Compass Program Evaluation for 2012

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.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PRIMARY    |  
Compass Principals' Meeting
Wednesday 31 October Arncliffe DEC Office
Review of consultation and planning with primary school principals
 SECONDARY    |  
Compass Principals' Meeting
Thursday 1 November Riverwood DEC Office
Review of consultation and planning with secondary school principals
 PRIMARY    |  
Villawood East PS
Friday 2 November Nicholson Museum Phase 3 lesson
12.00 PM  - 1.00 PM
Facilitated by Compass staff and student volunteers
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Wednesday 7 November Open Night for Parents
Compass staff to attend
 SECONDARY    |  
Moorebank HS
Thursday 8 November SULS & Compass Sydney Law School visit
 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!  Schools will receive invitations this week. 
 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 a series of 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
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 9 STEM Day
Tuesday 4 December The University of Sydney  
See 'News' section below for more information.

 

 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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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS - UPCOMING CAMPUS VISITS
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit
The five universities of the Bridges to Higher Education network have a series of 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 Technology, Sydney
  • Tuesday 13th November 
  • 10 - 2pm 
  • (Arabic interpreters available) 
  • The University of Western Sydney 
  • Thursday 13th December 
  • 10 – 1.30pm 
Please pass this on to your school's CLOs to share this information with parents. CLOs can register to bring a group of parents at www.sydney.edu.au/bridges-parents-visit 

Please contact Sophie Partridge at Compass with any questions. 

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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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Get Students Shouting!
Foundation for Young Australians' Student ShoutOut! 

Student ShoutOut!
 provides a platform where students can ask Minister for Education Peter Garrett questions about the education system.
  • The Minister has agreed to answer the three questions that obtain the most votes - live at Parliament House on 30 October. Student ShoutOut! will stream the forum online so that students, parents and educators nation-wide can participate in this unprecedented student-driven conversation about education.
  • Meaningful participation is key for young people to get the most out of their education. Student ShoutOut! gives students the opportunity to engage directly with the politicians who shape the way they learn.
Foundation for Young Australians' Student ShoutOut! 

Student ShoutOut!
 provides a platform where students can ask Minister for Education Peter Garrett questions about the education system.
  • The Minister has agreed to answer the three questions that obtain the most votes - live at Parliament House. Student ShoutOut! will stream the forum online so that students, parents and educators nation-wide can participate in this unprecedented student-driven conversation about education.
  • Meaningful participation is key for young people to get the most out of their education. Student ShoutOut! gives students the opportunity to engage directly with the politicians who shape the way they learn.

The FYA wants your help to make sure as many students as possible have a say. Share the link www.oursay.org with your networks and on Facebook to help them reach as many students as possible!

Find out more at 
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 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney Science Experience sponsorship applications now closed
Thank you to all the Compass coordinators and Science teachers who helped students submit their applications for the Sydney Science Experience. Successful applicants will be notified via the school early next week. 

Although applications for our sponsorships have closed, students can still register until Sunday 28 October. See here for more information.
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NEWS
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 9 STEM Day
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Day

The first Compass Day of Inquiry (STEM) is taking place on Tuesday 4th December.  The day will run from 10am until 2.30pm at the University of Sydney.

This day is for 30 Year 9 students from each Compass partner school.  Students will visit the University campus to take part in extended workshops (2.5 hours) around a central theme (energy and sustainability).  The students will explore elements of Science, Maths, Engineering and Design through a hands-on inquiry, as they work with staff and students from across the University to work out how we can design sustainable power grids, buildings, and more. 

By showing students how the STEM subjects operate in the world outside the classroom, the day will help encourage them to further engage in these subjects.

Please contact Sophie Partridge for more information. 
 

 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Videoconferences and Connected Classrooms
Recently, many teachers have expressed an interest in having more frequent Connected Classrooms sessions to maintain their own skills and allow them to share skills with colleagues.  

How might we work with you increase those opportunities? 
We will be looking at ways to use Connected Classrooms as a delivery method for Professional Learning as well as student activities more in 2013.  However, please let us know if you have any ideas about this - perhaps you're looking to collaborate or communicate with another Compass school - we can help to facilitate the connection! 

In the meantime, please note these dates from the Board of Studies for Teacher PL in December. Participation at these videoconferences can count towards Teacher Identified Development hours.

Thursday, 20 December:
Log in commences 9.45 am, Program 10 am – 11 am
Using the Results Analysis Package (RAP 1) to enhance teaching and learning
Of special interest to executive staff, KLA coordinators and teaching staff.

Thursday, 20 December:
Log in commences 12.45 pm, Program 1 pm – 2 pm
Using the Results Analysis Package (RAP 2) to enhance teaching and learning
Of special interest to teaching staff.

See this page on the Board of Studies website for more information.
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PHARMACY CAMP FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS
 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp - applications close this week!
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. 

Please 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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RESEARCH
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
AMP.NATSEM finds that university still pays off in the long run
A report from AMP and the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) has found that "University education really does pay off, with a report showing a postgraduate will earn almost double that of a worker without a postgraduate degree".

"According to the latest AMP.NATSEM report, Australians with postgraduate degrees will earn almost double, or $3.2 million over their working lives, that of people with a Year 11 or lower qualification, who can expect to earn around $1.7 million.
  • 77 per cent of students now complete Year 12, up from 45 per cent in 1984.
  • New arrivals to Australia are boosting education levels, with 46 per cent of 25-34 year-old migrants holding a bachelor degree or above, compared to 20 per cent of people born in Australia".
Source: SBS World News.  
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 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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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.
 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
Information for Parents - upcoming campus visits
Reminders & Notices
News
Pharmacy Camp for Indigenous Students
Research
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Register now - TWO DAYS WITH MICHAEL UNGAR
Liverpool Boys High School students impress at Sydney Law School
Sydney Ideas: Shakespeare, Theatre and Democracy: Towards a Playful Future
Useful links
COMPASS
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REGISTER NOW - TWO DAYS WITH MICHAEL UNGAR
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PLAYING AT BEING BAD: NURTURING THE HIDDEN RESILIENCE OF TROUBLED CHILDREN AND YOUTH ACROSS CULTURES AND CONTEXTS
1-2 November, The Epping Club

In this two-day workshop, executives, teachers, and student welfare advisers will:
  • Understand how individuals and families with complex needs use problem behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available
  • Become familiar with the principles of a social ecological approach to intervention
  • Discuss the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, an assessment tool that can help professionals explore the hidden resilience of children and youth
  • Learn about seven aspects of resilience necessary for positive development
  • Develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children and adolescents
  • Discuss ways services can be structured that make resilience more likely to occur.
PLAYING AT BEING BAD: NURTURING THE HIDDEN RESILIENCE OF TROUBLED CHILDREN AND YOUTH ACROSS CULTURES AND CONTEXTS
1-2 November, The Epping Club

In this two-day workshop, executives, teachers, and student welfare advisers will:
  • Understand how individuals and families with complex needs use problem behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available
  • Become familiar with the principles of a social ecological approach to intervention
  • Discuss the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, an assessment tool that can help professionals explore the hidden resilience of children and youth
  • Learn about seven aspects of resilience necessary for positive development
  • Develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children and adolescents
  • Discuss ways services can be structured that make resilience more likely to occur.
Dr Michael Ungar is both a family therapist and a Killam Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University where he directs the Resilience Research Centre that coordinates more than $5 million in funded research in a dozen countries. That research is focused on resilience among children, youth and families and how they together survive adversity in culturally diverse ways.

Your professional learning budget from Compass can be used to cover the registration fee.  Please contact Victoria Loy on 8627 8459 with enquiries or to register.
LIVERPOOL BOYS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IMPRESS AT SYDNEY LAW SCHOOL
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On Thursday 11 October, the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) and Compass hosted students from Liverpool Boys High School at a Sydney Law School experience day.   

The group of boys from Years 9 –12 included students in the Refugee Transition Program, as well as others pursuing an interest in legal studies.

The day began with a mock trial in the Moot Court at the Law School.  SULS had created a scenario that allowed the students to take on the various roles in a criminal court case – plaintiff and defendant, witnesses, jury, and judge.  Isabelle Youssef, incoming SULS president, was impressed with the students’ level of knowledge and their ability to interrogate witness statements in the jury room.
On Thursday 11 October, the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) and Compass hosted students from Liverpool Boys High School at a Sydney Law School experience day.   

The group of boys from Years 9 – 12 included students in the Refugee Transition Program, as well as others pursuing an interest in legal studies. 

The day began with a mock trial in the Moot Court at the Law School.  SULS had created a scenario that allowed the students to take on the various roles in a criminal court case – plaintiff and defendant, witnesses, jury, and judge.  Isabelle Youssef, incoming SULS president, was impressed with the students’ level of knowledge and their ability to interrogate witness statements in the jury room.  

After justice had been served, the students set off in small groups on a scavenger hunt, navigating themselves through various locations around the campus.  

In both these activities they were joined by SULS staff and student volunteers, who quickly formed a rapport with the boys that was effective in the afternoon session on university pathways.  The small groups of five to six students and a SULS volunteer meant that students could ask questions and share experiences relevant to their particular educational background and profile. 

The Compass program’s activities for high school students are designed to further develop interest in lifelong learning, while also helping students and teachers gather they information they need to pursue opportunities in higher education.   Compass and SULS are pleased to partner in a number of initiatives to provide support and information to students from low socio-economic status backgrounds.

Thank you to: 
SYDNEY IDEAS: SHAKESPEARE, THEATRE AND DEMOCRACY: TOWARDS A PLAYFUL FUTURE
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Are you a teacher of Drama or English?  Or just a fan of Shakespeare? 
Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney’s premier public lecture series program that aims to bring some of the world’s, leading thinkers to the wider Sydney community. 

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. 
Thursday 1 November, 4.30 - 6.00 PM

In this lecture Professor Neelands proposes that Shakespeare offers us a lens for exploring the vital political relationship between theatre and democracy, in which theatre becomes part of our social conversation and the circulation of social energy in a society.
Professor Jonothan Neelands, National Teaching Fellow, Professor of Drama and Theatre Education and Warwick Business School Professor of Creative Education , University of Warwick

 Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney’s premier public lecture series program that aims to bring some of the world’s, leading thinkers to the wider Sydney community. 

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney

In this lecture Professor Neelands proposes that Shakespeare offers us a lens for exploring the vital political relationship between theatre and democracy, in which theatre becomes part of our social conversation and the circulation of social energy in a society.In this context plays, players and the social playfulness of childhood become forged in a vision of how we might live, learn and work together. In a world which is becoming increasingly environmentally and geo-politically unsustainable, play offers the young both a mirror and lens for seeing and transforming themselves and their worlds and the beginnings of the proto-democratic behaviours needed for our survival. 
  • Date: Thursday 1 November 2012
  • Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm
  • Venue: Law School LT 104, Level 1, Law School Annex, Eastern Avenue, the University of SydneyClick here for venue information
  • Cost: This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or booking required. 


Professor Jonothan Neelands is a National Teaching Fellow, Chair of Drama and Theatre Education in the Institute of Education and Chair of Creative Education in the Warwick Business School (WBS) at the University of Warwick.He enjoys a close working relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has developed accredited teaching Shakespeare courses for teachers and actors. He has been involved in developing resources and the business plan for Teaching Shakespeare which is a partnership between the RSC and The University of Warwick producing professional development for teachers that can transform the classroom experience of Shakespeare.

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