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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
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11 APRIL, 2013
Last week of Term 1
What's happening next term? 
Primary schools: 

  • Thanks for working on your Year 3 'Discover University Day' RSVPs. Please send them in this week. Want a preview of the day? You can see video from 2012's event in our media gallery
  • Check out the Macleay Museum's True to Form exhibition.
  • Use the Enquiring Minds website to give students a preview of their Nicholson Museum visit.
High schools:
  • Year 7 Exploring Uni campus visits start in June. 
  • Register for Year 11 and Year 12 scholarships workshops here, and read more below.
  • Kickstart Biology, Chemistry, and Physics HSC workshop places are filling fast.
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days - see below for registration details. 
  • Change of date for Year 9 (STEM) Inquiry Day. To Wednesday 6 November. Compass coordinators will be contacted soon via email with more information. 
Starting in Term 2:
  • Film Production & Editing/Stop Motion Animation
  • Fine Motor Skills (Occupational Therapy) Program
  • Mulitlit (Word Up)
  • Homework Club
  • Scholarships information sessions & workshops
The Compass team wishes you all the best for a safe and happy holiday break.  Thank you coordinators, teachers, CLOs and principals for all your work this term - we'll see you soon!


UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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. Compass coordinators have received info packs including an RSVP form.  Please contact us if you have not received yours. 
RSVPWednesday 10 April 
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Wednesday 29 May | Australian Catholic University
10AM - 1.30PM
Read more below
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
University of Sydney Information Night
Wednesday 22 May | Revesby Workers’ Club. 
6.00PM - 8.30PM
Information evening for students and parents
This is a free event and places are limited, so book your seats by registering online here or visit the event page for more information.
 SECONDARY    |  
Aboriginal & Torrest Strait Islander Students' Experience Day
Wednesday 29 May | University of Sydney, Camperdown
9.45AM - 2.20PM 
Year 7 & Year 8
At this experience day, students take part in hands-on tutorials, see presentations and demonstrations, and speak to current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Your Path to Sydney Uni at Revesby Workers Club
Information evening for students and parents

Join University and Compass staff at Revesby Workers’ Club to find your path to Sydney Uni. Have your questions answered and hear from current students, including Corey Payne, NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013,  about why he chose to study at Sydney. 

Date: Wednesday 22 May, 6 – 8.30PM, Revesby Workers’ Club. 

Whitlam Room, Revesby Workers' Club
2B Brett St, Revesby (see map)
Entrance via Tarro Avenue
You do not need to be a member of Revesby Workers Club to attend this info night.
Free event and places are limited, so book your seats by registering online here or visit the event page for more information. 
 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
250 parents attended the campus visit at the University of Sydney yesterday!  School CLOs played a big part in organizing this visit, and we thank you for your work. 

The next campus visit for 2013:
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
270 parents attended the campus visit at the University of Sydney yesterday!  School CLOs played a big part in organizing this visit, and we thank you for your work. 

The next campus visit for 2013: 

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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2013 ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS' EXPERIENCE DAYS
 SECONDARY    |  
Reconciliation Week Activities
In 2013 the days will be held during Reconciliation Week, 27 May - 3 June. It is our great pleasure to invite you and your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students to attend these days.
Students will have the opportunity to experience university life through a series of presentations in the Great Hall, faculty-based subject electives, and lunch time activities on the Front Lawns.
In 2013 the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days will be held during Reconciliation Week, 27 May - 3 June. It is our great pleasure to invite you and your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students to attend these days.
 
  • Years 11 & 12 Monday 27 May click to see brochure (link)
  • Years 7 & 8 Wednesday 29 May click to see brochure (link)
 
Students will have the opportunity to experience university life through a series of presentations in the Great Hall, faculty-based subject electives, and lunch time activities on the Front Lawns.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Experience Days aim to encourage more students to stay at school and consider higher education as a future option.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days Year 11&12 aim and purpose:
  • Articulate elements of University life, understand opportunities available through Pathways, financial planning, including components of a scholarship application and faculties/courses
  • Understand and articulate the importance of study and lifelong learning
  • Create valuable and memorable peer to peer support opportunities with current University students – learning through experience and information sharing

Utilise skills attained in study skills workshop
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days Year 7&8 aim and purpose:
  • Articulate opportunities/options available at university
  • Define the terms higher education, academic, lifelong learning
  • Students can articulate where they can position themselves in the university environment
  •  Explain why higher education can help them achieve their goals
  • Identify a link between interest, studying at a higher education level and career
  • Students recognize that higher education is about options and choices
  • Students can articulate self-agency in choosing options
To register:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students Experience Days are a partnership between the University of Sydney, The Smith Family and the Koori Centre.
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YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12 SCHOLARSHIPS WORKSHOPS
 SECONDARY    |  
Thinking Ahead & Promote Yourself
We will be running our 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.
Dates you can book a workshop to take place in your school: 
  • 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 scholarship application support.
Dates we will hold workshops:  
  • August 12th - 16th
WHERE:
Bankstown Hub: Sir Joseph Banks High School, Revesby
Liverpool Hub: 
Kogarah Hub: 

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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ENQUIRING MINDS
 PRIMARY    |  
Enquiring Minds TV series - Surgeons & Bridge Builders
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 Two: Building Bridges Engineer & Specialist Surgeon

How cool is it to build things? Aayush likes to be creative and has even designed an amusement park with an elephant bridge! Presenter Sacha takes Aayush to meet Jennifer MacDonald, a lecturer in the built environment, who explains some of the methods and materials used in building bridges. In the second half of the show, budding surgeon Yang Yang gets to operate on a “live” robotic patient, and perfects her suturing skills under the watchful eye of Prof. John Cartmill, surgeon.


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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Feedback wanted on national curriculum
The Australian Youth Forum is once again calling for student feedback on the draft Australian curriculum in PDHPE. In 2012 the AYF consulted with young people on an earlier stage of the development of the Health and PE curriculum.  You can check out the 2012 submission via the AYF website.

The AYF is consulting again "because we want young people’s voices to be heard throughout the entire development of the Health and PE curriculum."

"Young people are well placed to identify emerging issues in education and in society.  [They are also] capable of consulting with other young people on issues that are important to them and that impact upon their learning, growth and development."

PDHPE teachers interested in offering their students this opportunity should visit the AYF's discussion board.
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RESEARCH: EARLY STUTTERING INTERVENTION
 PRIMARY    |  
Early stuttering intervention: speaking is living
An online treatment program for children who stutter is currently being developed by Faculty of Health Sciences researchers at the University of Sydney.

Professor Mark Onslow, who leads a team dedicated to solving the mysteries of stuttering, says early intervention is crucial and encourages parents to seek help at the first sign of their toddler stuttering.
"Untreated stuttering can lead to a lifetime of social anxiety and social phobia. Social phobia is a constant fear of social humiliation and embarrassment," says Professor Onslow.
He says that early intervention is the best way of getting rid of stuttering for young children, using behaviour modification. Professor Onslow believes that the future of early intervention lies with an online treatment program.
Read the full story on our website

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
 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: 

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
*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
2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days
Year 11 and Year 12 Scholarships Workshops
Enquiring Minds
Notices & Reminders
Research: Early stuttering intervention
Professional Learning
Compass
Making elephant toothpaste with Giant Science!
Compass Inquiry (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Day for 2013
Useful links
COMPASS
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MAKING ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE WITH GIANT SCIENCE!
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Giant Science at the University of Sydney returned in 2013 with a bang, a flash, a whoomp! and a fzzzz on the 4th and 5th of April.  We welcomed over 200 students from Compass partner schools to the Camperdown campus where they experienced science in a different kind of classroom – and got to see some of the things university students do.  

Giant Science is also part of Compass' 3-phase program, so this week Compass volunteers visited the students to talk about their visit and learn more about plant growth.

Look out for photos from the day on our website soon. 

COMPASS INQUIRY (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS) DAY FOR 2013
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Compass will be expanding the Inquiry STEM Day this year through the involvement of the University’s Faculties and Schools, and we want to hear from you!  We would like to grow on  last year’s Inquiry STEM day for Year 9 students into a project which begins in school and culminates in a day of working with experts at the University in Environmental Sustainability.  

Please ask Science, Maths, TAS or any interested teachers to get in touch with Sophie Partridge if they have any ideas or would like to help shape the project to ensure it fits in with either the KLA’s or other school initiatives.
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> Social Inclusion Unit
> Bridges to Higher Education
> Early Offer E12 Program
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