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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
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20 MARCH, 2013
Term 1 Week 7
  • Year 3 Discover University Day Invitation flyers have been posted to all primary schools - please contact us if you have NOT received a package. You can also download the flyer on our website. Compass Coordinators need to complete the RSVP form and fax or email back by Wednesday 10 April.
  • Don't forget to watch the premiere of Enquiring Minds on Tuesday 26 March at 7.30 PM (channel 44) - see the article below for more information! 
  • This week in Professional Learning, check out the Successful Learning conference - click on the link in the table of contents to see more - and the upcoming CoCo research seminar on laptop use in secondary schools. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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.
 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!
 PRIMARY    |  
Feasting on Literature
International Children's Book Day event
Saturday 6 April | Santa Maria del Monte School
50 The Boulevarde, Strathfield
See below for more information
 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****
 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. 
RSVPWednesday 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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YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12 SCHOLARSHIPS WORKSHOPS
 SECONDARY    |  
Thinking Ahead & Promote Yourself
This year again we will be running in-school workshops for Year 11 and 12 students around admissions pathways to university and applying for scholarships.  
Year 11 Thinking Ahead
Helps students understand how extracurricular activities can be used to make applications more competitive.
  • April: 30th
  • May: 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th
  • June: 4th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 19th
WHERE: 
Compass staff and volunteers will come to your school. Maximum of 30 students. 

Year 12 Promote Yourself
Offers students practise in writing persuasively about themselves and provides draft application support. 
  • August 12th - 16th
WHERE:
Bankstown Hub: Sir Joseph Banks High School, Revesby
Liverpool Hub: TBC
Kogarah Hub: TBC

If your school can offer classroom space for a 2-hr after school workshop, please contact Victoria Loy

TO REGISTER: 
Please visit the registration page on the Compass website to select your date preference. 

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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

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
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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 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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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
 SECONDARY    |  
Research findings on laptop use in Sydney high schools
The Digital Education Revolution: initial data analysis of teacher and student reported use of laptops in year 10 science

Join the Faculty of Education and Social Work on the 24th of April for a CoCo seminar by Simon Crook titled “The Digital Education Revolution: Initial data analysis of teacher and student reported use of laptops in year 10 science”.

Read more about the seminar here
  • You can either attend in person, or view the seminar as a videoconference
  • The Faculty of Education will also record the session for future viewing. 


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 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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 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
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Opportunities for Parents to Visit University Campuses
Enquiring Minds
Year 11 and Year 12 Scholarships Workshops
Notices & Reminders
Professional Learning
Compass
Feasting on Literature with Robyn Ewing
Featured Professional Learning activity: Successful Learning conference 2013
Tony Jones, meet my class!
Useful links
COMPASS
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FEASTING ON LITERATURE WITH ROBYN EWING
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From IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People. 
To celebrate International Children’s book day, Professor Robyn Ewing will be presenting at an Institute endorsed event with author Anna Fienberg and illustrator Kim Gamble on Saturday 6th April at Santa Maria Del Monte school at Strathfield.
From IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People. 
To celebrate International Children’s book day, Professor Robyn Ewing will be presenting at an Institute endorsed event with author Anna Fienberg and illustrator Kim Gamble on Saturday 6th April at Santa Maria Del Monte school at Strathfield.
Scope of Institute endorsement: 
  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the level of Proficient Teacher 1.2.2 and 6.2.2 for the course Feasting on Literature.
  • Professional Teaching Standards at Professional Competence 1.2.2; 2.2.3; 6.2.2 and 6.2.3
FEATURED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ACTIVITY: SUCCESSFUL LEARNING CONFERENCE 2013
Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 June 2013
This annual conference focuses on issues and developments in the provision of quality education for students K–12 with additional learning needs in a mainstream classroom setting. Areas addressed will include literacy, accountability and assessment, behaviour management, technology and social skills instruction.

Attending both days of this conference is approved as 11 hours Institute Registered professional development for maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. Scope of endorsement - all Elements of the Professional Teaching Standards. NSWIT Course Code 2013OPL-SLC. Please provide your 6-digit Institute Number when you register if relevant.

Please contact Victoria Loy at Compass to register. 
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? 
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> Compass
> Social Inclusion Unit
> Bridges to Higher Education
> Early Offer E12 Program
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