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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
21 NOVEMBER, 2012
COMPASS SHOWCASE this weekend - all welcome!
Compass Showcase
It's getting closer...preparations are almost complete for the 2012 Compass Showcase.  We are looking forward to greeting over 150 parents, students, and teachers at the Great Hall for our exhibition of activities, information and entertainment.  The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Education will present awards to students from each school that participated in the film program, and over a dozen films will be screened, so if you're going to be new to the program in 2013, it's a great chance to see what you can achieve!  Thank you very much to our Compass Coordinators and Community Liaison Officers who have helped to put the word out to parents and receive RSVPs - we appreciate all your efforts.  If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please join us! 

Parents newsletter is on its way
Each school will receieve 20 hard copies of our Term 3 & 4 parents newsletter in the post later this week. We will also send you a PDF version via email, and you can the newsletter online here to send out to your parents.
The newsletter is designed to raise awareness of the Compass program amongst parents, providing an insight into what their children and the school do as part of the program.

2013 Compass Program Applications

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, 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 Compass over the year.
 SECONDARY    |  
Applications and the Future: Videoconference
Wednesday 28 November
See below for more information
 TEACHERS    |  
Faculty of Education and Social Work Professional Learning Partners meeting
Wednesday 28 November
Room 612, Faculty of Education building A35
Manning Road
Presentations:
  • An eLearning Approach to Better Creative Writing in Stage 5
  • 'Evaluating professional experience': What pre-service teachers tell us.
You can also speak to Faculty of Education and Social Work staff about a mentoring partnership with your school for early career teachers. Interested? Please RSVP to Victoria Loy at Compass.
 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.
 TEACHERS    |  
Professional Development Workshop - Getting Connected with Videoconferencing
Tuesday 4 December Macquarie University
See 'Professional Learning' 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. 
 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney Science Experience
Wed 9 - Fri 11 January, 2013
The University of Sydney
Years 9 & 10
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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 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. More parents visits will be organised by the Bridges consortium in 2013, so watch this space for more information!
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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WITH BRIDGES CONNECT
 TEACHERS    |  
Getting Connected with Video Conferencing, Bridgit, and IWB
Bridges Connect, part of the Bridges to Higher Education network, is offering a day of professional learning on Tuesday 4 December.  Not only is the workshop free of charge, but teachers can request reimbursement of reacher relief costs when registering.  

During the workshop participants will practise:
  • Creating, running, and troubleshooting a VC
  • Using Adobe Connect and Bridgit for peer-to-peer communication
  • Using Smart Notebook software and interactive whiteboards for student learning and professional development
Date: Tuesday 4 December
Time: 10 am - 2.30 pm (lunch provided)
Location: Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, Building C5B
Macquarie University, Balaclava Rd, North Ryde. 
To register: RSVP by email to bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au with your name, school, subject area taught and contact number.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Information for Parents - upcoming campus visits
New Professional Learning with Bridges Connect
Compass
Applications and the Future: Technology and Science Videoconference Series
"I Dream" Art Competition for Young People
Professional Learning in 2013 - School Development Days on campus
Useful links
COMPASS
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APPLICATIONS AND THE FUTURE: TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE VIDEOCONFERENCE SERIES
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Year 9 Science/Technology students AND teachers: 
On Wednesday 28 November, Science and Technology teachers and students can participate in a videoconference series about technology and the future.  Topics include: 
  • Engineering in the 21st Century
  • Medical Information Technology
  • The Importance of Failure
  • The Science of Neuropsychology
TEACHERS: See how to dial-in to the program here.
Year 9 Science/Technology students AND teachers: 

On Wednesday 28 November, Science and Technology teachers and students can participate in a videoconference series about technology and the future.  Topics include: 
  • Engineering in the 21st Century
  • Medical Information Technology
  • The Importance of Failure
  • The Science of Neuropsychology
TEACHERS: See how to dial-in to the program here

The content relates to Stage 5 syllabus points which may be relevant for Year 10 students as well, so other years are welcome to join.  
Teachers can download materials beforehand to discuss with students, and classes can compose questions before or during the presentation to ask the presenters at the end.  

The sessions are presented by academics from University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University, Autralian Catholic University, and the University of Sydney, and the series is an initiative of Bridges to Higher Education and the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre.
"I DREAM" ART COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
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Five Fairfield High School students submitted entries to the 'I Dream' Creating New Futures For All art competition at the Sydney Law School. 

We congratulate you on your efforts and wish you the best of luck!  Thank you also to Ekbal Sayed-Rich, Compass coordinator.
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  ASAP if you would like to book a space on campus for a School Development Day in Term 1, 2, or 3.
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> Compass
> Social Inclusion Unit
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