Compass Directions
12 June 2013
Term 2 Week 7
This week in Compass Directions, can we trouble you with a reminder?  EVALUATIONS:
  • Primary schools: Please complete your teacher evaluation form for the Year 3 'Discover University' program and fax to us on 8627 8518
  • High schools: Teachers and students who recently visited the Seymour Centre for HSC workshops have a Survey Monkey link to click on - please contact Victoria Loy if you would like to receive that email again.  
We thank you for taking the time to complete these evaluations, which are an important source of information for future planning.  

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?
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore Uni Day
Thursday 13 June - Fairfield HS
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.
 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.
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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, 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.
 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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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.
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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
Reconciliation Week with the University of Sydney
Watch - Models of Achievement
University pre-service teachers inspire Year 10 Students
Useful Links
RECONCILIATION WEEK WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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Star of the award-winning ABC TV series Redfern Now, Aaron McGrath, joined more than 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 24 schools as they experienced a day in the life of a University of Sydney student. The University's  Student Experience Days aim to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to stay at school and consider higher education. The two events - one for years 11 and 12 and another for years seven and eight - were part of Reconciliation Week 2013.

We enjoyed welcoming students from Compass partner school as well as those from further afield.  Read the full story on our website and click here for photos.
WATCH - MODELS OF ACHIEVEMENT
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A former child soldier who is now a lawyer, a factory worker who cracked a previously unsolvable equation, a Bulldogs player who completed his master's in commerce.

These are some of the stories being told in a new TV documentary series, Models of Achievement, which showcases Australians from Greater Western Sydney who have changed their lives through higher education and are making some remarkable contributions to the country's future.

The 10 part documentary series premiered last night on Television Sydney (TVS), digital 44. To see the full schedule visit Models of Achievement

Watch the Q&A program launch on Wednesday 12 June - 5.30pm, Thursday 13 June - 12.30pm and Saturday 15 June - 9.00am

Full article from the launch

Browse and watch the series with your class online www.modelsofachievement.com.au
UNIVERSITY PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS INSPIRE YEAR 10 STUDENTS
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In response to school consultation and feedback, Compass is piloting an extended version of the Year 10 "Preparation for Senior Study" program in 2013 involving 60 student volunteers from the Faculty of Education and Social Work. The program now features a series of in-school visits throughout the year to build upon what students have learned at the on-campus day.

Thanks to the support of Dr Jen Scott Curwood of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, 50 combined Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) students volunteered during their regular class time to work with students at five Compass partner schools.

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USEFUL LINKS
> Social Inclusion Unit
> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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