The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
7 NOVEMBER, 2012
Roll out the red carpet! COMPASS SHOWCASE
It’s time to celebrate the partnerships that we have forged with your school communities over the past year. We warmly invite our students, parents, and teachers to join us in celebrating the success of our partnership at the annual Showcase on Saturday, 24 November.

What’s behind the curtain? 
This year, we want everyone to have an opportunity to see the films produced in the Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion Animation programs, so we're presenting the students' works in a mini film festival throughout the day. You can also meet the Compass staff and fabulous student volunteers, watch as students are entertained by the Uni’s circus group, participate in tours of the University and visit the fantastic museums, attend information sessions in one of the University’s oldest lecture theatres and much more….. including, FREE lunch and FREE parking.
When: Saturday, 24 November
Time: 10AM – 2.30PM
Where: University of Sydney, Great Hall 
RSVP: Wednesday, 14 November
Schools have received printed flyers and an email with guidelines for registration.  Please contact any member of the team with queries or for more information. 

Waking up with Compass
Thank you all principals and teachers who attended and/or supported our recent planning sessions where we introduced the 2013 matrix. We appreciate your willingness to see us so early in the day! Thank you also to the DEC offices at Riverwood and Arncliffe for hosting us. 

For those who haven't already sent us their completed program requests and applications for 2013, please remember the deadline of Friday 23 November.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah IEC & Marrickville IEC campus visit
Friday 9 November The University of Sydney

 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.
 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.
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
 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney Science Experience
Schools should have received an email announcing successful student applications for Compass – Sydney Science Experience sponsorship. We are very excited to offer the sponsorship to successful students from Kogarah HS, Fairfield HS, Liverpool Girls and Liverpool Boys HS, and extend our thanks to their teachers as well. We hope that they will gain many valuable experiences from their involvement in the program. 

Sylvia Utami will be in touch this week with more information about what students need to do next.
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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    |  
Muse: Magazine of the Macleay and Nicholson Museums
Click here to see the latest edition of Muse, produced by the academic and education unit staff of the Macleay and Nicholson Museums at the University of Sydney.  
The publication is packed with beautiful and intriguing photographs, but also contains articles that may be of interest to our partner schools: 
  • A story on the Lego Colossuem, which many schools have visited, written by a seven-year-old art critic
  • Art Science Life Brings Us Together: Muse's report on the recent videoconference between Athelstane PS and Mer Eruer Uter, which we also featured on 5 September
  • Insights from a field archaeologist working in the Balkans
  • A 2013 calendar, including school holiday activities
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RESEARCH
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Compass program featured in new article
This special edition of the International Journal of Inclusive Education, titled 'Reconceptualising Inclusion in Higher Education', features an article by Annette Cairnduff, Director of the Social Inclusion Unit, and Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).  'Inclusion in higher education: issues in school-university partnership' places the Compass program in the broader context of social inclusion strategies in Australia.
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 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    |  
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.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Information for Parents - upcoming campus visits
Reminders & Notices
News
Research
Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Professional Learning in 2013 - School Development Days on campus
Moorebank HS and Liverpool Girls HS Year 7 campus visits
Useful links
COMPASS
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING IN 2013 - SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAYS ON CAMPUS
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As mentioned at the recent principals & coordinators meetings, in 2013 schools can use part of their professional learning budget to hold a School Development Day at the University of Sydney.  

Option 1: Use a venue only for school business
Option 2: Use venue for half-day of school business, half-day of PL workshops with University academics. 

We will keep you apprised as PL workshops and registration are developed.  In the meantime, please contact Victoria Loy if you would like to book a space on campus for a School Development Day in Term 1, 2, or 3.
MOOREBANK HS AND LIVERPOOL GIRLS HS YEAR 7 CAMPUS VISITS
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It's the first step to accomplishing great things.
New to the Compass program in 2012, the Year 7 campus visits provide a platform from which to launch the idea of university as a realistic option for the students. Students are encouraged to see themselves within tertiary study and university environment at an early stage of their high school career because it takes time to work out their goals and consider their different options.
(During Moorebank’s visit, the University of Sydney Union’s Quidditch Society was playing a game on the Front Lawns, which did little to undo the strong belief held by many young visitors that Harry Potter lives in the Quadrangle).
It's the first step to accomplishing great things.
New to the Compass program in 2012, the Year 7 campus visits provide a platform from which to launch the idea of university as a realistic option for the students. Students are encouraged to see themselves within tertiary study and university environment at an early stage of their high school career because it takes time to work out their goals and consider their different options.
(During Moorebank’s visit, the University of Sydney Union’s Quidditch Society was playing a game on the Front Lawns, which did little to undo the strong belief held by many young visitors that Harry Potter lives in the Quadrangle). 
However, despite the injection of fantasy into the day for one of the schools, we think we were successful in encouraging the students to imagine real prospects in higher education, after we asked about future aspirations: “When I finish school I would like to study zoology and maybe become an author. Who knows what opportunities will pop up in this place.” “It's the first step to accomplishing great things.”

You can see photos of the schools’ visits in our Media Gallery.
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