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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
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14 MARCH, 2013
Term 1 Week 7
Announcements for primary schools

Year 3 Discover University Day

Invitation flyers have been posted to all primary schools - please contact us if you don't receive yours by the end of the week. 

Compass Coordinators need to complete the RSVP form and fax or email back by Wednesday 10 April.

DATE CHANGE for OT Teachers' Briefing: 
NEW DATE is Monday, 8th April, 3.15pm – 4.00pm via Connected Classroom. Pre-program information and orientation for all Stage 1 teachers in participating schools only.  We recommend you test your video conferencing facilities prior to the session - please contact Sylvia Utami with any queries.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Orientation Session
Tuesday 19 March | Villawood East Public School
Principals and OT coordinators' 2013 program orientation 
12PM - 2PM
Lunch will be provided.
 PRIMARY    |  
Enquiring Minds Episode One
Episode one: Photographer and Animal Researcher

March 26 @ 7.30pm on TVS, Digital Channel 44. Repeated March 27 @ 5.30pm, March 29 @ 12.30pm, March 31 @ 10.30am.
See below for more information

 SECONDARY    |  
Year 10 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  
Liverpool Girls High School & Westfield Sports High School

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    |  
Bridges to Higher Education Science videoconference
Thursday 4 April | via Connected Classrooms
Academics from the Bridges to Higher Education universities present on a series of topics to Year 9 and 10 science students and teachers.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Teachers' Briefing - DATE CHANGE
DATE CHANGE for OT Teachers' Briefing: 
NEW DATE is Monday, 8th April, 3.15pm – 4.00pm via Connected Classrooms.  ****Please inform Stage 1 teachers****
 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
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 10 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 11 April  
Fairfield High School & Kogarah High School

Please email Mike Tran with any queries.
 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."
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    |  
Enquiring Minds TV series - Episode One
Enquiring Minds is an inspirational new series that aims to help children in primary school turn their passion into a career through higher education. The series, developed as part of the Bridges to Higher Education program of which the University is a proud partner, profiles young students with a passion - animals, robots, computer games, mummies - and links them with a current student and academic in the field who explains how they have turned a similar passion or hobby into a career or focus of their study.
Read more about the program on our website.
Episode one: 
Photographer and Animal Researcher

March 26 @ 7.30pm on TVS, Digital Channel 44. Repeated March 27 @ 5.30pm, March 29 @ 12.30pm, March 31 @ 10.30am.

Fifth grader Ocean is interested in photography and one day wants to travel the world taking pictures. Presenter and photographer Holly shows Ocean how professionals get great shots and gives her a few handy tips and tricks. In the second half of the show animal-lover Kurtis meets Ben Dessen, a university student with a passion for saving animals, who introduces him to a few of his slithery friends.
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
Bridges to Higher Education Science Videoconference
Stage 4 and 5 Science Students and Teachers

Date: Thursday 4 April 2013
Cost: Free
Stage 4 and 5 Science Students and Teachers

Date: Thursday 4 April 2013
Cost: Free

Thursday 4 April 2013

  • Professor Michael Gillings - Evolution, natural selection and complexity
  • Dr Fiona Ballard - Where can Science lead you? Not even the sky is the limit!
  • Dr Alison Beavis - CSI misunderstood?
  • Professor Roy Tasker - Understanding the Chemistry of Life Through Visualising the Molecular World
Registrations: Register by Monday 25 March by email to bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au with the school name, year level and number of students. Instructions will be sent to you on dialling in and accessing the presentations before the day.

Contact: Caroline Taouk, Bridges to Higher Education Project Coordinator 

Phone (02)9850 7398 or email caroline.taouk@mq.edu.au
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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.  
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.
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 PRIMARY    |  
Don't miss the museums in 2013
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!  

The Macleay Museum's True to Form exhibition displays models used in the teaching of anatomy, zoology, botany and geology at the University of Sydney on the 19th-20th centuries. These models help us to understand how science was taught in the past, and what science was taught. 
  • Links to History, Science, or Art KLAs. 
Add an extra dimension to Ancient History units by including a trip to the Nicholson Museum.  Students from either yrs 4 or 5 (depending on your program) can come along and practice their inquiry and critical thinking skills through a hands-on engagement with museum artefacts.
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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 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
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: 

*Of particular interest to primary school science teachers, secondary English teachers and executive staff: 

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
Tony Jones, meet my class!
On the road again
Useful links
COMPASS
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TONY JONES, MEET MY CLASS!
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ABC's Q&A invites high schools to be a part of its very special Q&A High School Showdown on Monday, 6 May 2013, live from the ABC’s Sydney studio: "We’re calling for an audience made up entirely of high school students who will have the opportunity to quiz our high profile panel on the issues that are important to them.
ABC's Q&A invites high schools to be a part of its very special Q&A High School Showdown on Monday, 6 May 2013, live from the ABC’s Sydney studio: "We’re calling for an audience made up entirely of high school students who will have the opportunity to quiz our high profile panel on the issues that are important to them.

All you have to do is get a group of fellow students together to record a 1min video about why your school should be part of this Q&A audience. Include the name and location of your school then perhaps a little about your amazing students, the history of your school, perhaps famous alumni that have studied there or anything else that makes your school interesting and unique. You could even tell us why you all love watching Q&A and the issues that you want to discuss. Just be creative and have some fun.

You can use a mobile phone, a tablet or any digital camera to make your video. Then just upload it here by Monday, 15 April 2013.

Should you require any further information, please contact Q&A."

Who will be the first Compass partner school to get on the show? 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
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It can be hard to make it to an Open Day when you’re six hours by car from Sydney.  And it can be hard to find time to study when you have a schedule of farm chores like milking and feeding!  But students in regional areas continue to find ways around these challenges, and last week the Social Inclusion Unit’s work in regional NSW continued with a visit by Compass staff to Forbes High School. 

Compass staff met with the Year 10, 11, and 12 students over two days for workshops on senior study, scholarships, and getting into university. 

Read the full story on our website.
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> Social Inclusion Unit
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