Compass Directions
26 June 2013
What's coming up in Term 3?
Campus connected activities: 
  • More Year 7 'Explore Uni' campus visits
  • Year 8 Experience Uni Day - 21 August. Information about program and registration to follow
  • Primary schools attend Seymour Centre performances, Science Unleashed, and Nicholson Museum
In-school activities
  • Film Production & Editing/Stop Motion Animation Term 3 schools commence in Week 2
  • Year 12 Scholarship writing workshops in July/August
  • Year Ten Preparation for Senior Study follow-up workshops
Science professional development & enrichment activities
  • FREE Remotelab orientation session for teachers 
  • Last minute free registration offer!  Computer Science teachers can attend an industry-sponsored workshop at the University from 1 -3 July. Click here to learn more
  • NCSS Computer Challenge 5 August - 8 September
And for students currently in Years 8,9, 10, and 11:
  • Summer camps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students The Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are considering studies beyond high school. Camps take place at the University between 13–17 January, 2014.  Please contact Bianca Williams at Compass for more information. 
Did we give you an evaluation form in Term 2?  Please complete either by clicking the Survey Monkey link we sent, or filling in the hard copy for us to collect.  Thank you for your feedback! 

Finally, we wish you a safe and happy break.  Best wishes until Term 3, 
The Compass Team
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PRIMARY    |  
Professional Learning: Teaching Reading K-6
Friday 26 July | 9AM–3PM
This full-day course begins by clarifying what needs to be taught to students K–6 to help them learn to read, then identifies how that may be accomplished (through modelled, shared, guided and independent reading). 
See Professional Learning below for registration details. 
 TEACHERS    |  
Remotelab Orientation Session
Tuesday 30 July | Connected Classrooms

Remotelab enables students to perform experiments in Science, Engineering and Technology from anywhere and at any time, exposing them to new and motivating opportunities. 
  • This is a FREE orientation session for teachers. See Notices & Reminders below for information on registration.
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 TEACHERS    |  
Register for your chance to use the Remote Laboratory
*Of interest to Stage 3 teachers, and secondary Science, IT, Engineering teachers.

Remotelab
 (in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney) enables students to remotely control laboratory equipment and perform experiments as in a traditional science lab, but over the internet. 
Remotelab can host more than 40 individual experiments in industrial, civil, computer, electronic and mechanical engineering, and physics.

Bridges to Higher Education is offering teachers of these subjects the chance to learn more by joining an information and discussion session with the Remotelabs project manager. If you like what you see, you'll be able to obtain a log-in from Remotelab so you can run experiments whenever you like. 

When:Tuesday 30 July
Who: Michel de la Villefromoy, Remotelab Project Manager
Where:https://connect.schools.nsw.edu.au/bridges
Registration: Caroline Taouk, bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au or 9850 7398
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 SECONDARY    |  
E12 Early Offer program website for 2013
2013 will be the second year of the University of Sydney's E12 Early Offer program, and the E12 website is now live for the 2013 intake. 

We have worked to improve the quality of the information and support available after our pilot year, and you can now access:
  • Targeted information for students, principals and teachers. 
  • Downloadable hints and tips for preparation of the applications.  
  • Clear and concise information about the areas of study available 
  • A "Meet our Students" page which profiles some of the fabulous students who came to the University this year through E12.
Please share this information with Year 12 advisers, careers advisers, and anyone else who might be assisting senior students with their university applications. 
* Applications open on 7 August. Information about E12 will be sent to all schools early next term. 

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 PRIMARY    |  
Booking Nicholson Museum visit
Planning to bring your Year 4 or 5 students to the Nicholson Museum in Term 3?  
While many dates are booked out, there is still space for schools on the following days: 
  • 28, 29 August
  • 11, 12 September
  • 18, 19 September
Please visit the Compass activity registration page to register. 
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Compass Parent Newsletter (Terms 1 and 2)
All schools should now have received copies of the Compass Parents Newsletter 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
 PRIMARY    |  
Teaching Reading K-6
Friday 26 July | 9AM–3PM
This full-day course begins by clarifying what needs to be taught to students K–6 to help them learn to read (reading processes, contexts for reading, reading conventions, comprehension and word identification strategies, and the information process), then identifies how that may be accomplished (through modelled, shared, guided and independent reading). Lastly, participants examine guided reading. The afternoon looks at Literacy Centres (tasks that students can complete independently, enabling teachers to work with small groups during guided reading).

Presenter
Robyn Wild has worked for the NSW Department of Education and Training as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, literacy consultant and senior curriculum officer in the Early Learning Unit. She works part-time at Macquarie University in the Education Faculty and the Institute of Early Childhood, and at the University of Sydney.

Contact Victoria Loy at Compass for more information.
Friday 26 July | 9AM–3PM
This full-day course begins by clarifying what needs to be taught to students K–6 to help them learn to read (reading processes, contexts for reading, reading conventions, comprehension and word identification strategies, and the information process), then identifies how that may be accomplished (through modelled, shared, guided and independent reading). Lastly, participants examine guided reading. The afternoon looks at Literacy Centres (tasks that students can complete independently, enabling teachers to work with small groups during guided reading).

Presenter
Robyn Wild has worked for the NSW Department of Education and Training as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, literacy consultant and senior curriculum officer in the Early Learning Unit. She works part-time at Macquarie University in the Education Faculty and the Institute of Early Childhood, and at the University of Sydney.

Past feedback
"Robyn is very informative, with great tips and information, she helps to make learning meaningful by giving us a chance to practice, discuss, and the videos helped make things more clear. "
"Thanks for a comprehensive, informative course. I love the games for engaging children during guided reading time."
"It was very worthwhile. Thank you for allowing me to look at comprehension in a different light."
"Thank you for great ideas that can be put into use easily. "
"Excellent presentation ... Robyn is so animated, interesting and relevant – love, love, love her!"

Fees and enquiries
$242 per person (incl. GST)
 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
Programming = problem solving for the future
Watch Models of Achievement – See stories of success
Useful Links
PROGRAMMING = PROBLEM SOLVING FOR THE FUTURE
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The National Computer Science Challenge (click on the link if you don't know about this amazing program!) is back for its ninth year!

When: 5 August - 8 September
What: The NCSS Challenge teaches students to code in Python 3.3. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services.
The National Computer Science Challenge (ciick on the link if you don't know about this amazing program!) is back for its ninth year!

When: 5 August - 8 September
What: The NCSS Challenge teaches students to code in Python 3.3. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services.
  • Beginners stream – for students with no prior experience at programming. Learn how to program in Python while you compete with students from around the world.
  • Intermediate stream – for students who either have completed the Beginners stream in a previous year, or have some other prior programming experience.
  • The Advanced stream – for students with significant programming experience, or those who are capable of moving fast through advanced material.
Teachers, click here to register! 
WATCH MODELS OF ACHIEVEMENT – SEE STORIES OF SUCCESS
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Models of Achievement 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. 
Episode 3: 
  • Facing an uncertain life in war-torn Bosnia, Tanja and her family fled the bloodshed in her homeland for a life in suburban Sydney. Now the medical world is opening its doors to her as she studies for a degree in Medical Science. 
  • Tackling rampaging forwards and busting through the defensive line is what first got Corey noticed in the tough world of rugby league. Now he’s using his high profile to inspire kids to dream big.
To see the full schedule visit Models of Achievement.
Browse and watch the series with your class online www.modelsofachievement.com.au
Models of Achievement 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. 

Episode 3: 
  • Facing an uncertain life in war-torn Bosnia, Tanja and her family fled the bloodshed in her homeland for a life in suburban Sydney. Now the medical world is opening its doors to her as she studies for a degree in Medical Science. 
  • Tackling rampaging forwards and busting through the defensive line is what first got Corey noticed in the tough world of rugby league. Now he’s using his high profile to inspire kids to dream big.
Episode 4: 
  • As a child soldier in South Sudan, Deng experienced the horrors of war first hand. Now, no longer carrying a weapon, he has instead armed himself with a law degree. Deng graduated with a Bachelor of Law and continues to offer legal advice the local Sudanese community.
  • Meanwhile, behind the wheel of a big rig and learning the railway construction business from the ground up is providing a solid platform for Amy’s future career in the world of engineering.
To see the full schedule visit Models of Achievement.

Browse and watch the series with your class online www.modelsofachievement.com.au

Models of Achievement is a collaboration between TVS and Bridges to Higher Education, a network of which the University of Sydney is a proud partner.
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