Compass Directions
17 July 2013
Welcome back to Term 3 - what's coming up?
Campus connected activities: 
  • More Year 7 'Explore Uni' campus visits
  • Year 8 Investig8 Uni Day - 21 August. Teachers will receive brochures & registration pack in the mail, and an email beforehand.
  • Primary schools attend Seymour Centre performances, Science Unleashed, and Nicholson Museum
  • Compass team to deliver Post-lessons in classrooms (following Seymour Centre performances, Science Unleashed, and Nicholson Museum)
  • Saturday 31 August: Open Day at the University of Sydney
In-school activities
  • Film Production & Editing/Stop Motion Animation Term 3 schools commence in Week 2
  • Word Up (MULTILIT), Homework Club and Numeracy Tutoring volunteers return to schools in Week 3
  • Year 12 Scholarship writing workshops in July/August
  • Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study follow-up workshops
Science professional development & enrichment activities
  • FREE Remotelab orientation session for teachers 
  • NCSS Computer Challenge 5 August - 8 September
  • Science Byte - registrations close 16 August 
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. 
Teacher Professional Learning: National Curriculum - Preparing for Implementation
  • Friday 9 August - Stage 4 & 5 Mathematics
  • Saturday 17 August - Stage  4 & 5 English
  • September dates TBA - Stage 4 & 5 History and Science
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Moorebank HS
Thursday 25 July | The University of Sydney
Year 7 Explore Uni Day
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: 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.
 PRIMARY    |  
Fairfield PS
Nicholson Museum | Monday 29 July
Students visit the Ancient Egypt artefacts including mummies.
 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 'Physics and Engineering by Remote Control' for more details. 
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study - school-based sessions
Thursday 8 August | in-school
Faculty of Education and Social Work students visit schools for the Term 3 session of the Preparation for Senior Study program.
  • Liverpool Boys HS
  • Liverpool Girls HS
  • Fairfield HS
  • Kogarah HS
  • Marrickville HS
  • Westfield Sports HS
 TEACHERS    |  
Australian Curriculum - Preparing for Implementation
Friday 9 August | The University of Sydney
Stage 4 & 5 Mathematics
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore Uni Day
Tuesday 13 August - Liverpool Boys HS
Thursday 15 August - Condell Park 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.
 TEACHERS    |  
Australian Curriculum - Preparing for Implementation
Saturday 17 August | The University of Sydney
Stage 4 & 5 English
 PRIMARY    |  
Science Unleashed at the Australian Museum
20 – 22 August | The Australian Museum
Australia's biggest science festival.
 SECONDARY    |  
Investig8 Uni
Wednesday 21 August | The University of Sydney
Who: 50 Year 8 students from Compass partner schools
What: Students will
  • Take part in two hands-on activities delivered by university academics and staff
  • Listen to inspiring speakers who have made a journey from school to higher education
  • Spend the day with university students who are available to answer  questions about uni life
Schools will receive an information email soon, followed by a registration package. 

 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore Uni Day
Thursday 22 August | The University of Sydney
Sir Joseph Banks 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    |  
Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study - campus-based sessions
Friday 23 August | The University of Sydney
Workshops at the University on English and Maths exam preparation and study skills. 
  • Bass HS
  • Condell Park HS
 PARENTS    |  
Open Day at the University of Sydney
Saturday 31 August | The University of Sydney
Find out everything you need to know about undergraduate study at uni. 
  • Parents can also find information about postgraduate study; attend a parents' seminar, and join their children in mini-lectures on a variety of subjects.  
  • Compass is running a scholarship application consultation for E12 and other scholarship applicants.
  • The Compass team will have its own room and a stall on the day, so come and have a cup of tea with us!
The University website has more.
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 SECONDARY    |  
Programming = problem solving for the future
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!
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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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 SECONDARY    |  
Year 10 Information Evening podcast now available
For careers advisers and year advisers: 
Information from the University's annual Year 10 Info Evening is now available online as a podcast and PDF slideshow. 
 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).

Contact Victoria Loy at Compass for more information.  You can use your school's Professional Learning fund from Compass to register.
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)
 PRIMARY    |  
Teaching Writing K-6
Friday, August 16, 2013 | 9am–3pm |
  • Discuss examples of students' writing and the role that teachers may have played in their students' development as writers.
  • Clarify what needs to be taught to students K–6 to help them learn to write (writing processes, forms of writing, conventions and skills of writing, and writing strategies) and
  • Identify how that may be accomplished (through modelled, shared, guided and independent writing and reading)
  • Examine closely one of the strategies (spelling) to see what this looks like in practice
Contact Victoria Loy at Compass for more information.You can use your school's Professional Learning fund from Compass to register.
Friday, August 16, 2013 | 9am–3pm | register
  • Discuss examples of students' writing and the role that teachers may have played in their students' development as writers.
  • Clarify what needs to be taught to students K–6 to help them learn to write (writing processes, forms of writing, conventions and skills of writing, and writing strategies) and
  • Identify how that may be accomplished (through modelled, shared, guided and independent writing and reading)
  • Examine closely one of the strategies (spelling) to see what this looks like in practice.
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)

Contact Victoria Loy at Compass for more information.You can use your school's Professional Learning fund from Compass to register.
 SECONDARY    |  
National Curriculum - Preparing for Implementation
  • Friday 9 August - Stage 4 & 5 Mathematics
  • Saturday 17 August - Stage  4 & 5 English
  • September dates TBA - Stage 4 & 5 History and Science
 These courses are aimed at providing teachers of students in stages 4 and 5 with the confidence, strategies and support materials to successfully implement the new content and methodology.
Visit the Office of Professional Learning's website to see details of each course. 
"Australian Curriculum – English" is approved as 4.5 hours of NSWIT-registered professional development for maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence level; course code 2013OPL-ACE. The scope of endorsement is five years for all elements of the Professional Teaching Standards. If relevant to you, provide your six-digit institute number when you register.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Notices & Reminders
Opportunities for Parents
Professional Learning
Physics and Engineering by remote control
Watch Models of Achievement – See stories of success
I've always liked swords: Exploring Uni
Useful Links
PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING BY REMOTE CONTROL
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Engineering and science teachers can now take advantage of the shared resources of the Bridges to Higher Education network and sign up to access remotely-controlled laboratory equipment. 
Remotelab
 (in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney) can host more than 40 individual experiments in industrial, civil, computer, electronic and mechanical engineering and physics and helps students and teachers perform experiments they may not be able to do in the classroom. 
Learn more by joining an information and discussion session with the Remotelab 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 want.
Engineering and science teachers can now take advantage of the shared resources of the Bridges to Higher Education network and sign up to access remotely-controlled laboratory equipment. 
Remotelab
 (in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney) can host more than 40 individual experiments in industrial, civil, computer, electronic and mechanical engineering, and physics and helps students and teachers perform experiments they may not be able to do in the classroom. 
Learn more by joining an information and discussion session with the Remotelab 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 want. 
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
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. 
Upcoming episodes focus on students who became video producers, lawyers, nurses, and firefighter/doctors!  Read on for episode descriptions. 
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. 
Upcoming episodes focus on students who became video producers, lawyers, nurses, and firefighter/doctors!  Read on for episode descriptions. 
  • Episode 5: Former soldier Ross has traded life in the war zone for shooting of a very different variety. He now spends his days creating television projects as a communications student. Meanwhile, following a childhood passion for science and witnessing a debilitating illness in her family, Rita is now pursuing a rewarding career as an intensive care unit nurse at a major hospital.

  • Episode 6: When he wasn’t busy battling smoke and flames as a fireman Scott had his head in the text-books studying medicine. Now the father of five treats the sick and injured as a fully-fledged doctor. And as a member of an ethnic minority in Afghanistan, Najeeba has unhappy memories from a childhood marred by persecution and death. Leaving those dark days behind her, she is now determined to help the plight of her fellow refugees. After completing degrees in both Medical Science and Nursing, Najeeba is currently studying for her Juris Doctor – a graduate law degree.
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.
I'VE ALWAYS LIKED SWORDS: EXPLORING UNI
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Throughout June, the Compass program held its first Year 7 'Explore Uni' days of 2013 with students from Fairfield, Bass and Kogarah High Schools. Across three days, more than 300 high schoolers were guided around the campus to meet with faculty and professional staff who invited the students into their different fields of work from caring for and curating rare book collections; training the body and mind using music; preserving historical antiquities; presiding over a moot court; and getting en garde with a sabre.  As one student mused, "I've always like swords and finally done fencing!"

Are your students in our photo gallery?  
Read the full story on our website.
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