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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
COMPASS WEBSITE
1 MARCH, 2013
Term 1 Week 5
Parents Campus Visit to Macquarie University- coming up fast.
http://www.bridges.nsw.edu.au/bridges_-_parents_visits

Please add this link and information to your school website and/or newsletter, like some schools have done!  Parents can register individually online, or the school can organize a group.  Don't forget to enquire with Bridges about bus/train tickets. 

Primary school teachers interested in science program design and the experience of fellow teachers - please read the Professional Learning section below.  
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit
Tuesday 5 March | Macquarie University
10AM - 1.30PM
Common questions are answered and a campus tour provided.
 PRIMARY    |  
Professional Learning Partners meeting
Wednesday 13 March | Room 612, Education Building, University of Sydney
PL session on teaching primary school science. See Professional Learning below for more details.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Orientation Session
Tuesday 19 March | Villawood East Public School
Principals and OT coordinators' orientation 
12PM - 2PM
Lunch will be provided.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Teachers' Briefing
Monday 25 March | via Connected Classrooms
3.15PM - 4.00PM
 SECONDARY    |  
Year Ten Preparation for Senior Study
Expanded Program
Workshops at the University of Sydney on English and Maths exam preparation and high school study skills, followed by in-school sessions with Bachelor of Education student tutors. 

Session One: 

Wednesday 27 March
 | Thursday 28 March
Wednesday 10 April Thursday 11 April

Follow-up sessions in school in May, August, and October. 

Schools have already been contacted regarding the date of their registration.  Please email Mike Tran with any queries.
 PRIMARY    |  
Giant Science
Thursday 4 April & Friday 5 April |The University of Sydney
 SECONDARY    |  
Girls' Programming Network
Saturday 6 April | School of Information Technology, University of Sydney
Free workshop for high school girls interested in computers and technology.  

Read more below!
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Wednesday 10 April | University of Sydney
Wednesday 29 May | Australian Catholic University
10AM - 1.30PM
Read more below
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO VISIT UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits - register now!
Parents - come and experience university for yourself! Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions are answered and a campus tour provided.
  • Lunch provided
  • Bus transfers from schools or train tickets available on request
The next three campus visits for 2013: 

Macquarie University
Balaclava Road, North Ryde
Tuesday 5 March
10AM – 1.30PM

University of Sydney (Camperdown)
Wednesday 10 April
10AM - 1.30PM
***Please register your interest by Wednesday 13th March***

Australian Catholic University (Strathfield)
25A Barker Rd Strathfield
Wednesday 29 May
10AM – 1.30PM

Registration is essential - use this link  

http://www.bridges.nsw.edu.au/bridges_-_parents_visits
OR
contact Compass Administration
to register a group of parents from your school (8627 8515). 

Why not add the registration link to your school's website or parents newsletter? Parents can then register themselves to visit on any of the dates above. 
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 PRIMARY    |  
Giant Science/Science Unleashed
Registrations for Giant Science are now open. Due to limited places available, Year 6 students can attend one of two options this year for their Compass Activity: 

Giant Science, hosted by the University of Sydney
Friday 5 April (Thursday 4 April is now FULL)
OR
Science Unleashed at the Australian Museum
Tuesday 20 August - Thursday 22 August (registrations not yet open)

This year, primary schools have been asked to register with Science Alliance directly.  Booking forms have been emailed to primary school Compass coordinators. Please email Jessica Morris at the University to register. 
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 PRIMARY    |  
Can you host a University of Sydney teacher education student?
School Sport for Primary Students
The Director of Professional Experience in the Faculty of Education and Social Work is seeking expressions of interest from primary teachers who can host Placements for first year Human Movement Health Education (PDHPE) students for
  • 3 one-day-per-week visits commencing 6 May and
  • a 14-day block commencing 3 June. 
 As you know, the  the support of experienced classroom teachers is essential to the successful training of new graduates. 

Interested in taking part?  Please contact Dr Tony Loughland, Director of Professional Experience, for more information.  Tony.Loughland@sydney.edu.au or phone 9351 6287.

 SECONDARY    |  
NCSS Challenge 2013 & Girls' Programming Network
Attention future computer scientists!  This year, join the 4,000 students from Australia and New Zealand who took part in the 2012 National Computer Science School Challenge! 
The NCSS Challenge is an online programming competition for high school students.  For 5 weeks starting on Monday 6th August, 2012 and running until Sunday 9th September, 2012, a weekly set of notes and challenges is released, and students (boys and girls!) learn the programming language Python as they work their way through the answers.  
There are three streams: 
  • the beginner's stream, which doesn't assume any knowledge of programming and introduces the Python programming language;
  • the intermediate stream, for students who have either have some prior programming experience or have some prior experience with the Python programming language; and
  • the advanced stream, for students who know Python and want harder problems.
Contact the National Computer Science School to register, or Georgina Wilcox at the School of Information Technology. 

The Girls' Programming Network is a group of University of Sydney IT students and professional software engineers who want to help girls develop their computer programming skills. On 6 April, the GPN will run a free workshop for high school girls interested in computers and technology.  Students will build their own smart phone applications for Androids - no programming experience is necessary!  Visit the GPN for more information.
 PRIMARY    |  
Legosseum becomes the Legcropolis!
Have your students seen the Lego Colosseum yet? This popular attraction will remain part of the Nicholson's amazing collection of artefacts until July 2013, when it will be replaced by...the Lego Acropolis!  

Add an extra dimension to Ancient History units by including a trip to the Nicholson Museum.  Places in Term 1 are almost filled, so please contact us soon about coming along in Terms 2, 3, or 4.
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 SECONDARY    |  
Dates for the school calendar
In 2013 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days will be held during Reconciliation Week, 27 May - 3 June.  
  • Years 11 & 12 | Monday 27 May 
  • Years 7 & 8 | Wednesday 29 May 
Students will have the opportunity to experience university life through a series of presentations in the Great Hall, faculty-based subject electives, and faculty-run lunch time activities on the Front Lawns.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Experience Days aim to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to stay at school and consider higher education as an option. They are a partnership between the University of Sydney, The Smith Family and the Koori Centre.

To register your interest or for more information please email Compass Administration (compass.administration@sydney.edu.au)

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Professional Learning Partners meetings for 2013
*Of particular interest to primary school science teachers, secondary English teachers and executive staff: 

The first Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting for this year will be held: 

Wednesday 13 March – Term 1 Week 7
5.00-7.00PM
Room 612
The Faculty of Education and Social Work


This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:
  • Amanda Coroneos North Sydney PS
  • Tony Loughland University of Sydney 
'A Journey to the Instructional Core of Primary Science'
*Of particular interest to primary school science teachers, secondary English teachers and executive staff: 

The first Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting for this year will be held: 

Wednesday 13 March – Term 1 Week 7
5.00-7.00PM
Room 612
The Faculty of Education and Social Work


This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:
  • Amanda Coroneos North Sydney PS
  • Tony Loughland University of Sydney 
'A Journey to the Instructional Core of Primary Science'
The journey involved Amanda, AP at North Sydney PS, and Tony, academic partner to the school, developing a professional learning model that would help teachers in the school achieve better outcomes in primary science. 
Amanda will talk about her role as teacher coach in planning, team teaching and reflection sessions. Tony will talk about the design of a professional learning model that went through the prototype phase through active refinement to a model that allowed us to get closer to the instructional core of primary science. 
There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion assisted by a mineral water, glass of wine or a cold beer.

You can also discuss your involvement with the University in further developing mentoring in your school, especially for preservice and early career teachers.

Wednesday 5 June (Term 2 Week 6) Dr Chris Preston – Primary Science

Wednesday 21 August (Term 3 Week 6) Dr Jen Scott –Curwood - Action Research on Boys' Writing and Motivation

Wednesday 13 November (Term 4 Week 6) Dr Hoa Nguyen - The role of mentoring in supporting preservice teachers.

Please RSVP to kathy.rushton@sydney.edu.au
 TEACHERS    |  
What's being offered in 2013?
You can see the 2013 Professional Learning calendar here to find out what workshops are available for Compass partner schools this year.  

Many teachers requested workshops to support the implementation of the Australian curriculum. We are pleased to announce at least 8 sessions, in August-September.  So far, sessions for Stage 4 & 5 Science, Mathematics, English, and History are being planned. 

The primary school literacy calendar includes the blended module in Children's Literature facilitated by Professor Robyn Ewing, recipient of the 2012 Lady Cutler award for distinguished service to children's literature in NSW. 

Please talk to your Compass Coordinator if you would like to register, or contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Opportunities for Parents to Visit University Campuses
Notices & Reminders
Professional Learning
Compass
Friends in town
Sydney Ideas: What is the role of education in solutions to child poverty?
Useful links
COMPASS
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FRIENDS IN TOWN
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What do the south west of Sydney and the northern suburbs of Adelaide have in common?  For the last year, it’s been the Compass program!  The success of the Social Inclusion Unit’s schools engagement program inspired the University of Adelaide to launch its own Compass program in 2012.  Last week two of its key staff members visited the University of Sydney to share their experiences, results, and plans for future collaboration. 
Curriculum coordinator Sally Owen shared feedback about her programs in maths, literacy, science, as well as plans for embedding Compass within the university and the progress of the student volunteers.  Indigenous Outreach Officer Louise Mitchell took the opportunity to undertake training in the Mulitlit program.
What do the south west of Sydney and the northern suburbs of Adelaide have in common?  For the last year, it’s been the Compass program!  The success of the Social Inclusion Unit’s schools engagement program inspired the University of Adelaide to launch its own Compass program in 2012.  Last week two of its key staff members visited the University of Sydney to share their experiences, results, and plans for future collaboration. 
Adelaide’s program, like Sydney’s, delivers outreach, mentoring and professional development, with the aim of building school completion rates and attainment, lifting community expectation and helping children aim for higher education in the future.  Unlike Sydney’s program, which extends into secondary school, Adelaide’s focus is on Years 3 – 7 (with Year 7 being the final year of primary education in South Australia).
Over two days in Sydney, the Adelaide team attended meeting with Compass staff at the University of Sydney where both teams shared their 2012 successes. Curriculum coordinator Sally Owen shared feedback about her programs in maths, literacy, science, as well as plans for embedding Compass within the university and the progress of the student volunteers.  Indigenous Outreach Officer Louise Mitchell took the opportunity to undertake training in the Mulitlit program and commented “It was really useful to hear what happens in Sydney and what the possibilities are for us in Adelaide.” Team members from both universities highlighted the reciprocal learning made possible by the visit as particularly valuable.
What does collaboration like this between universities offer?   For the University of Sydney, it was a chance to gain a valuable perspective when seeing ‘our’ activities in a different context, and as Mike Tran (volunteer coordinator, Compass Sydney) commented, “We came away feeling really energised about some new possibilities and possible directions that better yet, someone else has already tried out successfully!”
SYDNEY IDEAS: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN SOLUTIONS TO CHILD POVERTY?
Child poverty in ‘Godzone’? Evidence and actions to reduce child poverty in New Zealand
Dr Airini, Head of the School of Critical Studies in Education, The University of Auckland.  Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney

As Australians like to say we are the ‘lucky country’, New Zealanders say they live in the ‘the land of plenty’. They like to believe ‘Godzone’ is a great place for children. For most children this is indeed true. But it is not true for children living in poverty. As many as 25 percent of New Zealand’s children – about 270,000 – currently live in poverty. Such figures compare unfavourably with those of Australia and many European countries.

  • Date: Monday 11 March 2013
  • Time: 4.15 pm to 5.45pm
  • Venue: Law School LT 104, 
    Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue. Click here for venue access details
  • Cost: Free event, with registration requested
  • Registration: Register online now click here

As Australians like to say we are the ‘lucky country’, New Zealanders say they live in the ‘the land of plenty’. They like to believe ‘Godzone’ is a great place for children. For most children this is indeed true. But it is not true for children living in poverty. As many as 25 percent of New Zealand’s children – about 270,000 – currently live in poverty. Such figures compare unfavourably with those of Australia and many European countries.

Child poverty is extremely costly. For individual children, it can mean going to school hungry and living in a cold, damp house. Important childhood opportunities are missed like school outings and sports. This can influence educational achievement and health outcomes. In New Zealand each year there is at least $6bn in additional health and education costs associated with child poverty, as well as reduced productivity. 

Finding the policy mix that will get results is not simple. How can a country improve the circumstances of their most deprived children? How do you ensure your country is a great place to live for all your children? What is the role of education for solutions to child poverty? This presentation will address these questions, drawing on the report and recommended actions of a report to the New Zealand Children's Commissioner. Hundreds of New Zealanders, including children, contributed to this report. Their voices will be included in this presentation. Overall it was clear that action is needed, now. No child should experience severe and persistent poverty, least of all in ‘the land of plenty’.

Dr Airini is Head of the School of Critical Studies in Education, The University of Auckland. She does research into equity issues in education and solutions. Airini has led national strategy and policy development in New Zealand, OECD and developing nations, and has worked for UNESCO. She was the sole education specialist invited by the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner to join the 2012 Expert Advisory Group to plan actions to overcome child poverty in New Zealand. (www.education.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/airini)

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