Compass Directions
13 May 2013
Term 2 Week 3
  • Registrations for Science Unleashed at the Australian Museum are now open.  Primary schools who are eligible to attend have been contacted by Sylvia Utami - please register soon to avoid missing out!
  • 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!
  • Good luck with NAPLAN this week.
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 activities 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 school
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    |  
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. And please come up and say hi to the Compass Team!
 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.
 SECONDARY    |  
Aboriginal & Torres 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 is 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 section 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 section 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 is a realistic option for the future. 
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
Schools invited to collaborate on indigenous programs
Minister for Higher Education announces new funding
 
On 30 April 2013, Minister for Higher Education Sharon Bird announced a new funding source for universities under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).
The University of Sydney is eligible to bid for resources from the $50 million fund.  The Social Inclusion Unit welcomes suggestions from our partner schools for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student - focused projects that aim to improve access to higher education and school completion.  

For more information please contact Annette Cairnduff, Director Social Inclusion Unit, on 8627 8515. 
 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    |  
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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 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
Resources for Science Teachers
  • You can now view the presentations from Bridges to Higher Education's Science videoconference in April.  
  • Presentations include:
    • Evolution, natural selection and complexity - Prof. Michael Gillings (MQ)
    • Where can Science lead you? Not even the sky is the limit! - Dr Fiona Ballard (ACU)
    • CSI misunderstood? - Dr Alison Beavis (UTS)
    • Understanding the Chemistry of Life Through Visualising the Molecular World - Prof. Roy Tasker (UWS)
  • The University's Science Alliance program (which brings you Giant Science and Sleek Geeks, among other events)'s latest newsletter is here.  See what's happening and discuss it with your students!
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
The University of Sydney Information Night at Revesby Workers' Club
Wednesday 22 May | Revesby Workers' Club
  • Applying to the University
  • Costs, scholarships, and other financial issues
  • admissions requirements
  • 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 the Uni.  

For details about the event, including registration, please visit the 'Your Path to Sydney' page.
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 PARENTS    |  
Next Campus Visit for 2013
The next parents campus visit organised by the Bridges to Higher Education initiative 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 workshops 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
Year 3 Students Discover University
Featured Professional Learning Activity: Successful Learning Conference 2013
Camden Open Day
Teachers and staff interested in further study: PhD scholarship opportunity
Useful Links
YEAR 3 STUDENTS DISCOVER UNIVERSITY
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As reported on the University of Sydney's home page last week, Wednesday 8 May was our annual Year 3 'Discover University' event.  Click here to read the story on our website

Many teachers agreed the day was engaging and informative, the students loved it, and it would have an impact on the future:   
  • "The children can see that further study can be interesting and exciting."
  • "Students are able to visualise a university. [Seeing real people] helps them understand what happens...and know that it is possible."
  • "I feel it has been an empowering experience."
As reported on the University of Sydney's home page last week, Wednesday 8 May was our annual Year 3 'Discover University' event.  Click here to read the story on our website

Many teachers agreed the day was engaging and informative, the students loved it, and it would have an impact on the future:   
  • "The children can see that further study can be interesting and exciting."
  • "Students are able to visualise a university. [Seeing real people] helps them understand what happens...and know that it is possible."
  • "I feel it has been an empowering experience."
So big an event can't happen without a lot of organisation and cooperation, and the Compass team thanks the teachers who brought their students along, the Faculties, Schools, Centres, Museums, Libraries and other University staff who shared their time and experience, and the campus staff and bus drivers who kept everyone safe.  We also appreciate the feedback from teachers on elements of the event that we can continue to work on for 2014 - see you then!
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
  • social skills instruction.
Visit the Office of Professional Learning's website to see the conference program, including keynote speakers

Please contact Victoria Loy at Compass to register.
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-scenes 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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