Compass Directions
15 August 2013
Term 3 busy for primary schools
Term 3 is busy for everyone!  But our primary school students really get in on the action in August and September with the Science Unleashed festival at the Australian Museum, visits to the Nichsolson Museum, and the Seymour Centre drama performances. Many schools have signed up for the 3-phase program, and so will also have a visit from University of Sydney student volunteers.  

Join us for OPEN DAY 
Compass invites you, your students, their parents and families 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. 
  • Know lots of parents and students who plan to attend?  Contact us about helping with transport.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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.
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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.
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Year 11 Thinking Ahead
Thursday 15 August | Moorebank HS
Workshop to develop students' ability to articulate leadership skills via extracurricular activities
 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.
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Investig8 Uni
Wednesday 21 August | The University of Sydney
Who: 50 Year 8 students from each Compass partner high school
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
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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.
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Monday 26 August Science Unleashed post-lesson 
Compass staff and student volunteers lead extension activity following museum visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Panania PS
Thursday 29 August Science Unleashed post-lesson
Compass staff and student volunteers lead extension activity following museum visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Condell Park PS
Friday 30 August Science Unleashed post-lesson
Compass staff and student volunteers lead extension activity following museum visit
 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, your students, their parents and families 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.
  • Contact the Compass team if you would like to arrange to bring a large group from your school
 
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.

Contact the Compass team if you would like to arrange to bring a large group from your school

To register for a scholarship and E12 application session and RSVP to lunch visit: sydney.edu.au/events/compass-open-day
 
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. 

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. 
 
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Zombies crunching data
The Science Byte competition featured in last week's Directions is underway, but did you know that it involves zombies?  
Read more on our website

To find out more about Science Byte and CS4H (Computer Science) at the University of Sydney, please click on the links.
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 PRIMARY    |  
Strange Picnic finds new audiences
Last year, Kogarah Intensive English Centre (IEC) created an animation project titled Strange Picnic, which was part of Compass' Stop Motion Animation program. Since then, the epic production has been featured in the 2013 Calendar for Cultural Diversity produced by NSW Department of Education and Communities and also used by a primary school in the Wingham region as a student resource.

As Wingham Brush Public School's Assistant Principal reported, the school used the 'Strange Picnic' animation as motivation for the school's Open Day activity. Every class in the school from Kindergarten to Year 6 (approx. 230 students) and their parents watched the animation. The students also wrote about the film in the week leading up to Education week. During the school Open Day, everyone re-created their version of strange picnic out of playdough.
Congratulations to students and staff at Kogarah IEC! Special congratulations to Martin McEwen and 2012 Junior Exit Class who worked tirelessly last year to create the animation.  
Schools currently participating in the Stop Motion Animation program:
  • Liverpool Girls HS
  • Athelstane PS
  • Fairfield PS
  • Sir Joseph Banks HS
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Parents Visits to Campus
Tuesday 12 November – University of Technology, Sydney
Thursday 12 December – University of Western Sydney

Campus visits provide information about applying to university, university life, costs, courses, and the support available.  

Common questions will be answered, lunch and a campus tour are provided. Parents with little or no experience of university and who have children in Primary or High School are encouraged to attend.

Parents, teachers, or CLOs can register online for either visit now, or contact the Compass team for more information.
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
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Touring the past: tourism and history in Australia
Monday 16 September | Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

How did the Australian past become an object of the tourist gaze? This exhibition charts the way Australians began to discover they had a past worth visiting.

A free special teacher’s viewing evening will take place Monday 16 September at 5pm with drinks and food, and a chance to meet curators and historians behind the exhibition.

RSVP: by Friday 6 September
E: museum.education@sydney.edu.au
T: 9351 8746
Monday 16 September | Macleay Museum, University of Sydney

How did the Australian past become an object of the tourist gaze? This exhibition charts the way Australians began to discover they had a past worth visiting. 

A free special teacher’s viewing evening will take place Monday 16 September at 5pm with drinks and food, and a chance to meet curators and historians behind the exhibition.

RSVP: by Friday 6 September
E: museum.education@sydney.edu.au
T: 9351 8746

Convicts, bushrangers and rebellious diggers became standard tourist fare surprisingly early. At the same time, Australia’s past was also acquiring a patina of nostalgia, as artists discovered the beauties of colonial architecture and country towns recognised the benefits of promoting their history to tourists. From Port Arthur to the Dog on the Tuckerbox, this exhibition explores the variety of pasts that tourists visited, the exhibits that drew them in and the souvenirs they took away. The exhibition runs from 26 August 2013 until 15 February 2014 at the Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane off Science Road at the University of Sydney.
 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.
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National Curriculum - Preparing for Implementation
 
  • 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
Fairfield High School comes top in iScience
Meet our E12 students
Watch Models of Achievement – See more stories of success
Useful Links
FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL COMES TOP IN ISCIENCE
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Congratulations to students from Fairfield High School, whose project on anti-bacterial solutions took out the overall prize in the University of Sydney's i-Science program. 
Students from ten Sydney high schools – including Compass partner schools Fairfield High, Moorebank High, Sir Joseph Banks High and Westfields Sports High – participated in the program.
Read the news story on our website here.
MEET OUR E12 STUDENTS
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2013 E12 Early Offer applications are open now until 6 September.
But more than 100 successful 2012 applicants are already halfway through their first year at the University of Sydney. How are they doing?   

Faculty of Arts (English & History) student Lauren Pearce: "I hadn’t really been considering Sydney Uni, because I live in the Western suburbs so the distance and the travel costs would’ve made it difficult.The E12 scholarship has really helped with those challenges – without that it would’ve been hard to find the money.
2013 E12 Early Offer applications are open now until 6 September. 
But more than 100 successful 2012 applicants are already halfway through their first year at the University of Sydney. How are they doing?  

Faculty of Arts (English & History) student Lauren Pearce: "I hadn’t really been considering Sydney Uni, because I live in the Western suburbs so the distance and the travel costs would’ve made it difficult.The E12 scholarship has really helped with those challenges – without that it would’ve been hard to find the money. And the Access card has been great. It gives you discounts on everything – stationery, food – it all just makes things a whole lot easier. Now that I’m here, I think Sydney Uni is fantastic – better than I possibly could’ve imagined. It makes the two-and-a-half hours of travelling a day worthwhile, because it means I get to come here!"

Read other stories like Lauren's on the E12 Meet Our Students page.
WATCH MODELS OF ACHIEVEMENT – SEE MORE 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! 

Next episode: After experiencing some very dark days in her childhood, single mum Nicole is turning her life around after discovering a passion and talent for ancient history that was just waiting to be unearthed. Meanwhile, despite being initially unsure of his future career path, William’s hard work and inspirational design skills have landed him a job at one of the country’s leading architectural design firms.
To see the full schedule visit Models of Achievement.

Browse and watch the series with your class: 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!

Next episode: After experiencing some very dark days in her childhood, single mum Nicole is turning her life around after discovering a passion and talent for ancient history that was just waiting to be unearthed. Meanwhile, despite being initially unsure of his future career path, William’s hard work and inspirational design skills have landed him a job at one of the country’s leading architectural design firms.

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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