Compass Directions
22 May 2013
Term 2 Week 5
This week in Compass Directions we have events, workshops, lectures, events, invitations and more events! Happy reading….

Thank you to those teachers who have already registered their students for the Dalai Lama visit on 13 June.  Please note the deadline of Thursday 6 June, and remember to register EACH STUDENT individually.  

And thank you to all our primary schools - we recently wrapped up the Year 3 'Discover University 'post-visit sessions which saw 18 volunteers visit almost 700 students in 13 schools! We appreciate the support of coordinators  and teachers in organising the follow-up visits. 

All schools will receive copies of the Compass Parents Newsletter for Terms 1 and 2 within the next week. We have also included copies of the newsletter translated into both Arabic and Vietnamese.  
  • If you would like more hard copies of the newsletter please contact the Compass team and we can post more out to you.
  • Why not put these on your website, or email them out to parents? Thank you!
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 11 Thinking Ahead Workshops
21 May - 3 July | 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    |  
Bridges To Higher Education - English Videoconference
Wednesday 5 June | Connected Classrooms
A great way to complement your classroom teaching - academics from the Bridges Universities share classes on poetry, filmmaking, creative writing, and technology in drama.

Read more in Notices and Reminders below.
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore Uni 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.
 SECONDARY    |  
Great Moments in Science with Dr Karl
Wednesday 12 June | University of Sydney 

12.30PM - 1.30PM
To make a booking for your class, contact:
Jessica Morris
Phone: (02) 9114 0825
Fax: (02) 9351 7707
Email: science.alliance@sydney.edu.au
 SECONDARY    |  
‘Education Matters’, a lecture by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Thursday 13 June | Seymour Centre
See Notices and Reminders for registration information.
 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, and ask your Compass coordinator how to use Compass funding for this event.
 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, and ask your Compass coordinator how to use Compass funding for this event.
 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    |  
Supervision of Compass Activities in Schools
Please could all Compass Coordinators remind teachers that when participating in Compass activities, both in school and at the University campus, students must be supervised by a teacher at all times.  As part of the program partnership agreement, all schools have duty of care and are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of students at all times while participating in program activities.  
Please remind staff that we do always need a teacher present throughout, and university staff and volunteers should not be left unsupervised.
 SECONDARY    |  
Invitation to the live launch of TVS's Models of Achievement
Bring your Media teachers and students to a live television recording!

Television Sydney
and Bridges to Higher Education invite you
to the launch of: Models of Achievement, a series of inspiring stories from determined Australians pursuing a career through higher education.
You are invited to be part of a studio audience for the recording of the launch episode of the series and Q&A panel with the Models of Achievement participants. 
This event will be hosted by Annette Shun Wah, SBS and ABC media producer.
Television Sydney and Bridges to Higher Education invite you
to the launch of: Models of Achievement, a series of inspiring stories from determined Australians pursuing a career through higher education.
You are invited to be part of a studio audience for the recording of the launch episode of the series and Q&A panel with the Models of Achievement participants. 
This event will be hosted by Annette Shun Wah, SBS and ABC media producer. 
You can see a preview of the series here

Event Details:

Thursday 6 June 2013
5:30PM – 8:30PM
Television Sydney
University of Western Sydney
Werrington South Campus, Penrith - View Map Here
RSVP HERE
For enquiries please contact:
Carla Cruz: c.cruz@uws.edu.au Ph: 02 9678 7039 

Please note, this is a live recording, members of the audience should be aware that they may be filmed or photographed.
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 SECONDARY    |  
English Videoconference Series
The second Bridges to Higher Education Videoconference will take place on Wednesday 5 June.  This time, the theme is English for students in Stages 4 and 5. 

Dr Tom Lee, University of Western Sydney

 ‘Poetry as a prompt to think and feel through sounds’

Dr Rachel Perry, University of Technology Sydney
‘What’s my iPad doing on stage? Technology and drama
 for and in performance’

Jack McGrath, University of Sydney
 ‘Movie Magic in the Classroom'

Dr Jane Messer, Macquarie University
 ‘Ways in to writing creatively’

Teachers, give your students a taste of something different and show them what university study of English can cover.  Ask your Compass coordinator for more details or contact caroline.taouk@mq.edu.au to register.
 SECONDARY    |  
Great Moments in Science with Dr Karl
Wednesday 12 June | University of Sydney
For science teachers: Want to motivate or reward your science students this term? FREE talk by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki on 'Great Moments in Science'

12.30PM - 1.30PM

To make a booking for your class, contact:
Jessica Morris
Phone: (02) 9114 0825
Fax: (02) 9351 7707
Email: science.alliance@sydney.edu.au
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 SECONDARY    |  
‘Education Matters’, a lecture by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Compass partner high schools are invited to select thirteen Year 11 or 12 students with a keen interest in ethics and morality to attend a very special event with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  We can offer a total of 14 places to each school - so only one teacher can attend.
Compass partner high schools are invited to select thirteen Year 11 or 12 students with a keen interest in ethics and morality to attend a very special event with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  We can offer a total of 14 places to each school - so only one teacher can attend. 

Date: Thursday 13 June 2013 (please note change of date)
Arrival Time: 8.30 - 9.00 AM
Event Time: 9.15-10.30AM
Departure: 11.00AM
Venue: York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Corner of City Road and Cleveland St, Sydney NSW 2008
  • Four questions will be chosen to be asked from the entire audience, and we would like one of them to be from your students! 
  • Therefore, we're asking each school to submit one question which will be judged by the Compass team. The winning school will need to provide one student to ask the question directly to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the event. 
THEME: 
Education Matters (Or Does It?)
What is the purpose and value of education? And why does it matter to so many young people worldwide?

  • Each student’s name MUST be individually entered due to the high level of security associated with this special guest. 
  • Teachers, please use your school email address, not students'. 
  • Tickets will be distributed a week prior to the event. 

Please email Compass Administration or your Compass team contact with any queries. 
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 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
DEC Education Week 2013 - your school and Compass
Education Week | July 29 - August 2

Let us know what your school is doing for Education Week 2013. Maybe Compass can get involved too!  
For example: 
  • Leaders' breakfast with SRC
  • Community photo exhibition
  • Young writers competition
  • Open classrooms (parents participation)
  • Academic challenge (maths, spelling, trivia, history etc.)
  • Achievement assembly
Please contact any member of the Compass team to see how we can support your school.
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 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. 
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Compass Parent Newsletter (Terms 1 and 2)
All schools will receive copies of the Compass Parents Newsletter for Terms 1 and 2 within the next week, to be distributed to your parents and school community.  We have also included copies of the newsletter translated into both Arabic and Vietnamese.  If you would like more hard copies of the newsletter please contact the Compass team and we can post more out to you.
 
You can also download the PDFs of all 3 language versions at the Compass website -http://sydney.edu.au/compass/parents/index.shtml
 
We encourage schools to put these on your website, or email them out to parents.
 PARENTS    |  
Over 150 parents at campus visit
On Wednesday 29 May, the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield hosted the third Bridges to Higher Education campus visit for parents.  Over 150 parents, kids, teachers and unversity staff spent the day talking about the opportunities at uni.  Schools attending included: 
  • Sarah Redfern
  • Bankstown Girls HS
  • Bonnyrigg Heights PS
  • Bonnyrigg PS
  • Carramar PS
  • Fairvale PS
  • Lakemba PS
  • Guildford PS
  • Condell Park PS
  • Mary McKillop Catholic College
  • Trinity Catholic College
  • OLMC PS
  • Jarara Indigenous Educational Centre
Thank you to the Bridges team and Community Liaison Officers Fatima Amr and Liz Hinson for their support.  
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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
Hanging out with the Prime Minister (Part 1)
Hanging out with the Prime Minister (Part 2)
Enquiring Minds teacher resources
Useful Links
HANGING OUT WITH THE PRIME MINISTER (PART 1)
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Bass High School on Q&A
Students of Bass High School recently seized the opportunity to meet and question the Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the ABC studios for the Q&A program, broadcast live nationally on 6 May. 
Year 11 student Kellen Budelay was given an opportunity to ask Ms Gillard a question. "I asked her about any future plans for the young people of South-Western Sydney.
Bass High School on Q&A
Students of Bass High School recently seized the opportunity to meet and question the Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the ABC studios for the ‘Q &A’ program, broadcast live nationally on 6 May. 
Year 11 student Kellen Budelay was given an opportunity to ask Ms Gillard a question. "I asked her about any future plans for the young people of South-Western Sydney. I hear about a lot of things but I don't see anything changing," Kellen said.  "She talked about opportunity and statistics showing that more people from South-West Sydney are attending university than ever before. I felt that she knew what she was talking about and she knew what I was concerned about." 
Compass coordinator John Ryan added, "This event was important in the lives of our students as it shows them possibilities. It allowed them a voice in their future and an experience none of them will forget. The Bass students who attended chatted before the show with students from all over the country. Thanks to Compass for telling us about it!"
HANGING OUT WITH THE PRIME MINISTER (PART 2)
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The PM joins us at Your Path to Sydney event
Parents and students at the Your Path to Sydney information night at Revesby Workers Club on Wednesday 22 May were surprised by a special guest – the prime minister! 

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a $500,000 grant to the support Future Direction Network (FDN) scholarships. FDN works in partnership with the University's Compass Program at Fairfield and Westfield Sports High Schools.
"It was fantastic to have the Prime Minister come to the event and donate such a large amount to FDN," said Lauren Pearce, a student who entered the University this year through Compass's E12 program. 

Read the full story on our website.


ENQUIRING MINDS TEACHER RESOURCES
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In March we told you about Enquiring Minds, the television series and website that encourages students to develop their interests and hobbies into careers through university study.

Did you know that the website has downloadable lesson plans and video activities you can use in conjunction with the episodes? 

This month's episodes include: 
USEFUL LINKS
> Social Inclusion Unit
> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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