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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
29 NOVEMBER, 2012
2012 Compass Showcase
More than 150 parents, students, and teachers helped celebrate their schools' work with Compass in 2012 at our annual Showcase on Saturday, 24 November.  We had a ball! You can see photos of the day on our website soon, as well as all the films we screened on the day. A special thanks goes to the parents, teachers, and students of Villawood East PS, who made the journey in to share the day with us - we look forward to seeing you again soon! 

2013 Compass Program Applications

We have almost finished marshalling and assembling the engagement and program requests for 2013.  We will send an email out at the end of next week to let you know the outcome of your program and date requests.  
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 9 Compass Inquiry (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.
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit - 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.


 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. 
 TEACHERS, PARENTS    |  
University of Sydney Info Day - E12 applicants welcomed
Thursday 3 January, 2013 Camperdown Campus
Successful E12 applicants welcomed. 

For Year 10, 11 and 12 students, an opportunity to find out more about pathways to higher education. See article below in 'News' section for more information.
 SECONDARY    |  
Sydney Science Experience
Wed 9 - Fri 11 January, 2013
The University of Sydney
Years 9 & 10
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NEWS
 SECONDARY    |  
First STEM Day next week
The Science, Engineering, and IT faculties are looking forward to hosting more than 250 Year 9 students on campus next week, Tuesday 4 December, for the Compass Inquiry (STEM) day! 

Students will take part in one of the following workshops: 
  • Building a Sustainable Empire (Engineering)
  • The Solar Powered Future (Physics)
  • Saving Energy by Cloud Computing (ICT)
  • Mining and the Environment (Science)
By actively engaging with the problems faced by industry, science, and universities, students will gain a deeper insight into 'sustainability' and how it might affect their futures.
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 PARENTS, SECONDARY    |  
University of Sydney Info Day
January 3, 2013 9.30am to 4pm
Not sure what biologists actually do in real life?  Wondering which type of business program has the best employment prospects? 

The Info Day is similar to the Open Day that takes place in August each year. But it's not just graduating Year 12 students who can benefit from attending.
  • Year 10s: Find out more about how to turn subjects you're interested in into pre-requisites for uni degrees and careers. 
  • Year 11s: See what else is out there, even if you've got a degree program in mind.  Learn more about scholarships and how to apply for them. 
  • Year 12s: Visit to decide whether the University of Sydney might be right for you. Learn about transport, accommodation, and life on campus. 
  • Careers Advisers - Get updated information from Faculties, Scholarships, and Student Support units
There will be mini lectures, and information booths throughout the main Quadrangle to help you with your queries. Enjoy entertainment from the University of Sydney Union and its various clubs and societies, and take a tour of the campus. 

Visit the Info Day website for more information.
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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 teacher 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
NEWS
Information for Parents - upcoming campus visits
New Professional Learning with Bridges Connect
Compass
Professional Learning 2013 Calendar - National Curriculum
Useful links
COMPASS
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING 2013 CALENDAR - NATIONAL CURRICULUM
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The 2013 calendar from the Office of Professional Learning will be available on the University's website shortly. We will also email the calendar to Compass Coordinators later this week.  

National Curriculum
We are pleased to announce at least 8 sessions on Australian/National curriculum preparation, starting in August.  So far, sessions for Stage 4 & 5 Science, Mathematics, English, and History are being planned. 
Please talk to your Compass Coordinator if you would like to register.
The 2013 calendar from the Office of Professional Learning will be available on the University's website shortly. We will also email the calendar to Compass Coordinators later this week.  

National Curriculum
We are pleased to announce at least 8 sessions on Australian/National curriculum preparation, starting in August.  So far, sessions for Stage 4 & 5 Science, Mathematics, English, and History are being planned.  

Development Days
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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