Compass Directions
24 July 2013
Join us for OPEN DAY
Compass invites you and your family to join us for Open Day on Saturday 31 August and find out everything you need to know about undergraduate study at the University of Sydney. In addition to all of the fabulous University-organised activities, Compass will be offering consultation on scholarship and E12 applications; lunch for parents, teachers, and students; and assistance in finding your way around.  See Notices & Reminders below for more information, and watch out for the info postcards we'll be sendng your way. 

Professional Learning
  • It's great to see more teachers signing up to attend the Faculty of Education & Social Work's National Curriculum preparation sessions between August and November! Please click on the Office of Professional Learning for more information, or scroll to the the bottom of the page for details.  
  • You can email Victoria Loy to register using your Compass PL budget.  If you register yourself, please remember to add 'COMPASS' to your school name or elsewhere in the registration form, so we can pay your invoice promptly.  

Thank you to Fairfield High School for hosting the preview performance of Onwards & Upwards, a high energy, interactive, magazine style production for Year 7 students that presents staying in learning post-school as fun, interesting and accessible.  Over 150 students laughed and learned about the benefits of higher education through the stories of Heather, Dom and Sarah. 

Onwards & Upwards is an initiative of Bridges to Higher Education and performances have been scheduled throughout Term 3 for your Year 7 students.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Dubbo Senior College
Wednesday 24 July| Dubbo Senior College
Year 11 Thinking Ahead & Year 12 Promote Yourself
Workshops for senior students on using extracurricular activities in scholarship applications, and practising writing persuasively.
 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
The visit provides an introduction to the collections and to the role of heritage preservation in a university. Students are given the chance to discover the museum experience and to explore the world through the collection in a fun and stimulating manner.
 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    |  
Promote Yourself: E12 & Merit Scholarships
31 July - 19 August | all registered high schools
The workshop provides support in drafting persuasive applications for the E12 program and merit scholarships.
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study - school-based sessions
Thursday 8 August | in-school
Faculty of Education and Social Work students visit Compass 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
See Professional Learning section below for more information. 
 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
See Professional Learning section below for more information. 
 PRIMARY    |  
Science Unleashed at the Australian Museum
20 – 22 August | The Australian Museum
Australia's biggest science festival.
Compass primary schools who have registered to attend should have received confirmation from the Museum.  Please contact us if you need more information. 
 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 ("electives" 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
Compass coordinators should have received an email and registration pack - please contact us if you haven't received yours!

 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.
 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
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS    |  
Join us for Open Day
Compass invites you and your family to join us for Open Day on Saturday 31 August and find out everything you need to know about undergraduate study at the University of Sydney. In addition to all of the fabulous University organised activities Compass will be offering consultation on scholarship and E12 applications, lunch for parents and students and assistance in finding your way around.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
When: Saturday 31 August, 9am to 4pm
Where: Stall 4, Quadrangle, Camperdown and Darlington Campuses (main campus)
Register for a scholarship and E12 application session:
Consultation on scholarship and E12 application sessions are 20mins long from 10am -3pm. Students will have the opportunity to work with a tutor one on one to polish their scholarship application drafts.
RSVP to lunch:
Lunch will be from 12.30-1.30pm in the Refectory Room – Main Quadrangle – below the Nicholson Museum. *RSVP details to follow.
Transport: On Open Day, a free shuttle bus will run between Central railway station (Railway Square) and the Camperdown Campus.
 
Full event program available at http://sydney.edu.au/open_day/
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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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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.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
PARENTS VISITS TO CAMPUS
More information will be provided shortly about parents visits to campus taking place later this year.  
In the meantime, we encourage any teachers or CLOs interested in bringing parents to visit the campus to contact Sophie Partridge or any member of the Compass team.
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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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RESEARCH
Brain and Mind Institute's Young and Well national survey findings
The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute has joined with the Young and Well CRC, Movember and beyondblue to declare it is 'game on' for tackling the mental health and wellbeing of young men aged 16 to 25, after their national survey revealed almost 20 percent of young men do not think their life is worth living.

The first Young and Well National Survey, a scientific study of young men from across Australia, identified alarming statistics that suggest our current mental health system is failing young men, including:
  • nearly one in five young men in the past 12 months have felt that life is hardly worth living
  • nearly one in 10 young men having thought about taking their own life
  • unemployment and moderate to very high levels of psychological distress predicting suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • 42 percent of young men experiencing psychological distress.
Read the full story on the University's website:
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
Notices & Reminders
Opportunities for Parents
Professional Learning
Research
Physics and Engineering by remote control
Watch Models of Achievement – See stories of success
Are you using iPads in the classroom?
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.
ARE YOU USING IPADS IN THE CLASSROOM?
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Enquiring Minds, Models of Achievement's little sister, now has an app!  

As you may have already seen, the series profiles young students with a passion - animals, robots, computer games, mummies - and links them with a current student and academic in the field who explains how they have turned a similar passion or hobby into a career. 

The website, game, and videos are bright, friendly, and fun, with heaps of goodies for teachers, including lesson plans linked to syllabus outcomes.   

Check out the app and see how you might use it in your classroom.
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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