Compass Directions
9 May 2013
Welcome back for Term 2!
We hope everyone has had a great start to the term so far. Our program partnerships really get going in Term 2: volunteer placements commence in schools, on campus activities begin, and we all implement the plans made for the year ahead.  As always we appreciate the efforts of all school staff and teachers in working with us to ensure activities genuinely benefit your students, teachers and parents.   
  • We kicked it off with our Year 3 Discover University Day on Wednesday 8 May -  the biggest event of the year with over 700 students and 40 teachers in attendance.  Thank you primary schools for making it a success. 
  • There are still plenty of great activities to register for in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days - read on for more information. 
  • Liverpool Boys High School, Wattawa Heights Public School, and Kogarah IEC begin their Film Production & Editing Programs
  • OT placements commence in Athelstane PS, Fairfield PS, Panania PS, and Villawood East PS. 
  • Volunteers start to visit schools to deliver literacy and numeracy support and classroom activities. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 11 Thinking Ahead workshops begin
21 May - 19 June | in school
Information session on admissions to University and strategies for using extracurricular activties to make scholarship applications competitive. 
Where: in your school
When: Dates available beginning 21 May until 19 June
Who: up to 30 Year 11 students
Compass Coordinators will receive an updated flyer to pass to Careers Advisers and/or Year 11 coordinators. For more information please contact Victoria Loy.
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study - school-based sessions
Wednesday 22 May | in schools
Faculty of Education & Social Work students visit schools for the second session of the Preparation for Senior Study program.
Liverpool Boys HS
Liverpool Girls HS
Fairfield HS
Marrickville HS
Westfields Sports HS

 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Parents
Wednesday 29 May - Australian Catholic University
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.
See below for more information.
 PARENTS    |  
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.
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore University Day
Thursday 6 June - Bass HS
Thursday 13 June - Fairfield HS
Students are introduced to the university environment at the beginning of their high school career so that they can see it as a realistic option for the future.
 PRIMARY    |  
Professional Learning: Quality literature for quality learning
Friday 14 June | The University of Sydney, Camperdown
This workshop will examine quality literature, critical literacies, the role of the arts in quality learning, and the place of literature in the English K–6 National Curriculum. 

See Professional Learning below for information on how to register.
 PRIMARY    |  
Professional Learning: Creative arts workshop
Thursday 20 June | The University of Sydney, Camperdown
A practical workshop that explores how quality arts experiences can be meaningfully integrated across the primary curriculum.

See Professional Learning below for information on how to register.
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore University Day
Thursday 20 June - Kogarah HS
Students are introduced to the university environment at the beginning of their high school career so that they can see it as a realistic option for the future. 
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
Volunteers start in schools this week
The yellow shirts are returning to schools!  We are delighted to have our wonderful volunteers start this week.  In primary schools, Word Up volunteers will help students with literacy using the MultiLit program and Classroom Activity Facilitators will be conducting post-lessons with Year 3 students over the coming weeks.  In high schools, our first group of Numeracy Tutoring volunteers will use the Elementary Math Mastery program to help students with basic mathematics.  Word Up and Homework Club volunteers will be also be returning to high schools.
Mike and Sylvia have contacted schools directly about arrangements.
Our volunteers are looking forward to helping your students this term and we thank you for supporting them!
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 SECONDARY    |  
2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' Experience Days
There are still plenty of great activities to register for at both of these events.  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.
 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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 SECONDARY    |  
Change of date - Year 9 (STEM) Inquiry Day
The date for the annual Year 9 (STEM) Inquiry Day is now Wednesday 6 November. Compass coordinators will be contacted soon via email with more information.  Compass Coordinators, please ensure that you update this change in your school calendar. 

We are also still looking for Science, Maths or TAS teachers to consult with Compass and Faculty of Science staff on the development of the STEM project, to ensure it complements the Year 9 curriculum.  Please contact Sophie Partridge with your ideas!


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 SECONDARY    |  
Bridges to Higher Education – Theatre in Schools Project
The Bridges to Higher Education collaboration continues to go from strength to strength, creating further opportunities for schools to be involved in high quality enrichment activities.  All high school Compass Coordinators will be contacted shortly by the Gibber Theatre Company regarding a theatre performance run in schools targeted at Year 7 students. 

The fun and engaging workshops will develop students’ understanding of the benefits of higher and further education.  Gibber is aiming to run performances in schools in Term 3, and will be contacting you this month to take bookings. 

Please also continue to see Compass Directions for other opportunities that are part of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Next Campus Visit for 2013
The next parents campus visit is specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and will take place at the Australian Catholic University on Wednesday 29 May, from  10 AM - 2 PM
Click here to download a flyer to pass to parents or CLOs. 

Lunch will be provided and bus transfers from schools or train tickets are available on request.

Register online or contact:
Sheree Oliver, Indigenous Equity Pathways Officer - Yalbalinga
 Australian Catholic University - Strathfield Campus
T: 97014259
E: sheree.oliver@acu.edu.au 

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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
 TEACHERS    |  
What's on in 2013?
As a Compass partner, you can access a Professional Learning fund for your school, which can be used to cover the course fees for workshoos from the Office of Professional Learning at the Faculty of Education and Social Work.  You can see the 2013 Professional Learning calendar here to find out what workshops are available this year.  

National Curriculum sessions: 
  • Discuss how what you do now translates across to the new curriculum and vice versa.  The presenters for these sessions have been involved in the steering parties for the new curriculum and/or have worked with schools in the testing phases.  
  • Small groups (maximum of 35) so that participants can ask questions about the direct effects to their work in the classroom.
  • New information on national curriculum sessions for English and Mathematics. 
Primary school literacy workshops:



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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Notices & Reminders
Opportunities for Parents
Professional Learning
PARENTS' INFORMATION NIGHT
Camden Open Day
Teachers and staff interested in further study: PhD scholarship opportunity
Useful Links
PARENTS' INFORMATION NIGHT
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Last year, more than 650 people attended the 'Your Path to Sydney Uni' information night at Revesby Workers' Club.  At this information evening you can find all the answers to your questions about applying to the University, scholarships, costs, and admissions requirements.and hear from current Sydney Uni students including keynote speaker Corey Payne, NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013, Churchill Fellow and ex Canterbury Bulldogs player, about why he chose to study at Sydney.

This year there will be a student panel who will be answering a selection of questions. Parents can ask the panel a short question using an online form. Any questions not answered on the night will be responded to on the Future Students web page on the University website, so it's a great opportunity to find out more about uni.  

For details about the event, including registration, please visit the 'Your Path to Sydney' page.
CAMDEN OPEN DAY
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Friday 14 June | Camden Campus
9.30 AM - 2.45 PM
Camden Open Day is an on-site day for students interested in the environment, agriculture and veterinary science. to explore a research and teaching campus. The invitation is open to students in Years 9 and 10 at selected schools in the south west of Sydney and activities include:
  • Careers from a science-based training
  • Happy & healthy dairy calves
  • Centre for Carbon, Water and Food tour
  • Behind-the-scences tour of a veterinary hospital
While this activity is not sponsored by Compass, the cost is low ($4 per student) and there is the possibility of a transport subsidy through the Faculty of Science.  
For more information, please contact Jessica Morris at the Faculty of Science.
T: 9114 0825
E: jessica.morris@sydney.edu.au


TEACHERS AND STAFF INTERESTED IN FURTHER STUDY: PHD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
A PhD Scholarship in social justice and teaching practice in secondary schools is now available in Deakin University's School of Education. The project, titled 'Social justice dispositions informing teachers' pedagogy in advantaged and disadvantaged secondary schools' is part of an Australian Research Council grant.  See Deakin University's Scholarships pages for more information.
USEFUL LINKS
> Social Inclusion Unit
> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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