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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
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7 MARCH, 2013
Term 1 Week 6
New brand for a brighter future
To help us continue to grow and expand in 2013, we have designed a new brand to reflect our identity.  The word Compass naturally associates itself with guidance and direction. Our new brand amplifies these qualities by tapping into the universal arrow symbol. Our new Compass logo is simple, iconic and forward focused. 

What will change? 
Previously, you saw the Compass logo on the yellow shirts and black caps of our staff and volunteers; on Compass Directions, our website, and our Facebook page; on classroom resources, and on brochures.  All of these materials, along with other pieces of stationary and merchandise, will now feature the new Compass logo.

What do I have to do?
You will receive a New Compass logo Identity Pack in April that will let you know more about what is changing, and also what we’re asking you to do.  For example, the current logo that schools have on their websites will need to be replaced with the new Compass logo, and the Pack will contain the necessary files and instructions.
We are confident that the bright energy of the new Compass logo will be ideal for your school or department's usage. We believe our new brand ignites a sense of a brighter future.

**Primary school Compass Coordinators** - you will receive information about Year 3 Discover University Day next week. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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: 
Thursday 28 March & 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
Full day science discovery program for primary school students
 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
 PRIMARY    |  
Year 3 Discover University Day
Wednesday 8 May |  University of Sydney
10:00AM-2:00PM
It’s never too early to discover the amazing things you can do after you finish school. “Discover University Day” offers students the opportunity to explore future options and the role a university can play in achieving this goal. 

RSVP
Wednesday 10 April 
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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
Almost 100 parents attended the first visit on 5 March at Macquarie University, and found themselves informed and inspired: "I believe my kids have big potential to go to university and as a parent I can motivate and support them."

The next two campus visits for 2013: 

University of Sydney (Camperdown)
Wednesday 10 April
10AM - 1.30PM
***Please register your interest by Wednesday 20th 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). 

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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ENQUIRING MINDS
 PRIMARY    |  
Sneak preview - Enquiring Minds TV series
Enquiring Minds is an inspirational new series premiering on Television Sydney (TVS) Digital 44, 7.30pm, on 26 March. The series aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education.
The 11-part Enquiring Minds series sees young students explain what their interests are – animals, robots, computer games – and links them with an academic in the field who explains how to turn that hobby into a career.
“Children always dream of what they want to do when they grow up, but often the serious conversations around university study don’t occur until they become teenagers…This TV series helps children put themselves into the picture as they meet with adults who share interests developed through study and research,” says TVS Executive Producer Rachel Bentley. 

Click here for a video preview of the Enquiring Minds series: 
Enquiring Minds is an inspirational new series premiering on Television Sydney (TVS) Digital 44, 7.30pm, on 26 March. The series aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education.
The 11-part Enquiring Minds series sees young students explain what their interests are – animals, robots, computer games – and links them with an academic in the field who explains how to turn that hobby into a career.
“Children always dream of what they want to do when they grow up, but often the serious conversations around university study don’t occur until they become teenagers…This TV series helps children put themselves into the picture as they meet with adults who share interests developed through study and research,” says TVS Executive Producer Rachel Bentley.
The series will feature a range of interesting topics that will awaken children’s curiosity and broaden their knowledge. Experts will welcome and share their experiences with the viewers as they embark on a little adventure in each episode.

Click here for a video preview of the Enquiring Minds series: 

WHAT CAN TEACHERS DO?:

  • Make an announcement and share about the series in your newsletter, staff meetings and parents meetings
  • Encourage your students to tune-in and watch the episode at home with their parent/carer and siblings
  • Encourage colleagues to use and incorporate related episodes as resources in the classroom lesson plan. All of the episodes will be repeated during school hours, i.e. 10.30am and 12.30pm, so students can watch it as a group in the classroom
  • Allocate a time for a short discussion with students about turning their hobbies into a career through higher education
Compass Directions will update this section weekly with date, time and synopsis for each episode airing. So keep watching!
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 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 now about coming along in Terms 2, 3, or 4.

RSVP for Nicholson and/or Macleay Museum school visits by end of Term 1.
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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.
 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
Enquiring Minds
Notices & Reminders
Professional Learning
Compass
STEM in the news
Friends in town
Useful links
COMPASS
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STEM IN THE NEWS
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Responding to a University of Sydney study "showing the proportion of girls not studying maths for their HSC had more than tripled in a decade", the Sydney Morning Herald again featured STEM in its pages last week in the story 'Dropping maths doesn't add up, says Ridout'.  "The report showed the number of girls eligible for an ATAR not studying maths in their HSC has climbed from 7.5 per cent in 2001 to 21.5 per cent in 2011." 

Should this year's STEM Day of Inquiry for Year 9 students focus on mathematics?  Maths, Engineering and Science teachers, let us know! 
Get in touch with Sophie Partridge to discuss your ideas. We want to hear from you. 
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!”
USEFUL LINKS
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> Social Inclusion Unit
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