Compass Directions
28 August 2013
Register for Wingara Mura Summer Programs
For students currently in Years 8,9, 10, and 11:
Summer programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 
  • The Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Summer Programs is designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are considering studies beyond high school. Programs take place at the University between 13–17 January, 2014.  Please contact Bianca Williams at Compass for more information
  • Compass staff can also talk to students about the summer programs whilst in your school

For everyone - 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.


COMPASS Website - NEW Release
We are pleased to announce the release of the Compass new website. Our website has been redesigned to provide more information about the Compass program and the work that we do with our partner schools. Additionally, the new website will provide event details, photo galleries, videos and the latest Compass news.

Compass is progressively transferring all its contents to the new website. In the meantime, please visit our other pages and come back soon for the latest update.

Click Here to view our website.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah HS & Kogarah IEC
Tuesday 27 August | Gibber Theatre Company presents Onwards and Upwards
Inspiring young Australians in Greater Western Sydney to broaden their education horizons, 'Onwards & Upwards' is a 40 minute high energy, interactive, magazine style production for Year 7 students that presents staying in learning post school as fun interesting and accessible.

'Onwards & Upwards' is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), as part of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative of which the University of Sydney is a proud partner.
 PRIMARY    |  
Panania PS
Thursday 29 August  | Science Unleashed post-lesson
Compass staff and student volunteers lead extension activity following museum visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Westfields Sports HS
Thursday 29 August | Gibber Theatre Company presents Onwards and Upwards
Inspiring young Australians in Greater Western Sydney to broaden their education horizons, 'Onwards & Upwards' is a 40 minute high energy, interactive, magazine style production for Year 7 students that presents staying in learning post school as fun interesting and accessible.

'Onwards & Upwards' is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP), as part of the Bridges to Higher Education initiative of which the University of Sydney is a proud partner.
 PRIMARY    |  
Condell Park PS
Friday 30 August  | Science Unleashed post-lesson
Compass staff and student volunteers lead extension activity following museum visit
 SECONDARY    |  
National Hoodie Day
Friday 30 August | AIME

An initiative of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience), the day is aimed at spreading awareness of indigenous success.
Buy a Blue AIME Hoodie (the money raised helps support the AIME program) from the AIME website.


 SECONDARY    |  
Holroyd HS
Friday 30 August | Promote Yourself Yr 12 workshop
To help Yr 12 students in writing scholarship applications
 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. Attend mini lectures to find out more about university and specific area of interest. Click here for schedule.
Please find below some of Compass recommendations:

11:00am - 12:00pm | Parents’ seminar
New Law Building Annex, Auditorium 101

12:00pm - 13:00pm | Transition from school to university
Quadrangle, General Lecture Theatre

12:00pm - 13:00pm | Practical advice and strategies to support your child at university
New Law Building Annex, Auditorium 101

13:00pm - 13:30pm | Applying to university
Footbridge Theatre

13:30pm - 14:00pm | What if I don’t get in? Alternative pathways to Sydney
Footbridge Theatre

14:00pm - 14:30pm | Early Offer Year 12 Scheme (E12)
Footbridge Theatre
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 Explore Uni Day
Friday 6 September |Liverpool Girls 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    |  
Bridges to Higher Education: History Videoconference
Tuesday 10 September | via Connected Classrooms
Bridges to Higher Education brings History academics from three Sydney universities into the classroom. Open to all schools.

Click Here for more information.
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 SECONDARY    |  
Looking for something extra in History this term?
Bridges to Higher Education brings History academics from three Sydney universities into your classroom.  All you have to do is dial in on Tuesday 10 September via Connected Classrooms!

This session's topics: 
  • Judy Adnum (Macquarie University):  It’s not easy being green From Chernobyl to the after effects of the Japanese Tsunami, how does this affect students in Australia?
  • Professor Robert Lee (University of Western Sydney): Why History matters to Australia’s Asian Future: reflections on the Henry White Paper of 2012 
  • Dr Dan Penny (University of Sydney): Unearthing Angkor’s Secret History: Stories from a geoscientist 
Teachers and students can ask presenters questions about the topic or about university study. 

  • Register by Friday 6 September by email to bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au with the school name, year level and number of students. Confirmation will be sent to you on dialling in and accessing the presentations. You can download the flyer here.
 SECONDARY    |  
Compass Inquiry Day for Year 9 Students – Wednesday 6th November
The Compass Inquiry Day aims to encourage Year 9 students in Compass partner high schools to continue studying maths, science, engineering and technology related subjects.  Schools will be asked to select 30 students from Year 9 who would benefit from extra encouragement to continue studying in these areas.  Throughout the day students will explore a range of possible careers in science and engineering related fields through 4 short workshops, each including a hands on activity and a career profile.
 
Information will be sent out to schools within the next 2 weeks.
 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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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
 PRIMARY    |  
21st CENTURY CURRICULUM DESIGN K-6
Do you want to learn how to integrate iPad technology into your lessons and find out how to use the BOS Program Builder with the new English curriculum at the same time?
  • With the emergence of the Australian English curriculum and increased pressure to integrate 21st century technology into their professional learning and teaching styles, many teachers are seeking practical ideas on how this can be achieved.
  • This course will enable teachers to explore and evaluate the pedagogy behind the use of iPads in the classroom, sampling apps and discussing ways in which the technology could be integrated into the English curriculum.
Bridges to Higher Education and Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre are offering a number of fully-funded (course fees and teacher relief) places for a workshop on Wednesday 4 September.  

REGISTER NOW!
Register online through MyPL@DET
https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/docprs/welcome.do
Course Code: DV02472  Please select “No fee’ when registering.
For enquiries please contact macictsupport@det.nsw.edu.au
or on 02 9850 4310



 SECONDARY    |  
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.
 SECONDARY    |  
National Curriculum - Preparing for Implementation
  • 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
Sydney Ideas: Western Sydney Talk
Indigenous students get prepared with new funding
Students meet Foreign Minister at University of Sydney
Meet our E12 students
Conference Update: Aboriginal Studies in an era of Curriculum Change
Useful Links
SYDNEY IDEAS: WESTERN SYDNEY TALK
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Western Sydney will be a key battleground in this year's federal election, but its significance goes far beyond that. As Australia's most ethnically diverse region, it offers a glimpse of how radically Australian society is changing – and a foretaste of how the rest of the country will look in decades to come. The "New West", with its growing regional pride and its increasingly prosperous and well educated residents, is set to absorb much of the country's population growth in the coming years. How can we best understand this complex and fascinating region?
Join:
  • Julianne Schultz 
  • Kathy Marks
  • UWS Chancellor Peter Shergold
  • Tim Soutphommasane 
Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013
Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer,
Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney Click here for venue directions and maps.
Cost: Free event, with registration requested.
Registration: Register online now click here
INDIGENOUS STUDENTS GET PREPARED WITH NEW FUNDING
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Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people interested in attending university will receive assistance as part of the Get Prepared program, which just received $1.35 million from the federal government.
"Get Prepared is all about early, effective and sustained engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, their families and communities, to increase their successful transition to university," said Annette Cairnduff, Director of Social Inclusion at the University.

Read the full story on our website.
STUDENTS MEET FOREIGN MINISTER AT UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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On 16 August, the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) hosted the Foreign Minister, Senator The Hon. Bob Carr for a talk and question and answer session on Australia's foreign policy before an audience made up of alumni, students, staff and guests of the University. 

Students from Compass partner schools Bass High School and Liverpool Girls High School attended, and engaged the Minister in conversation about life in Lebanon, Syria, and Australia.  

Read the University's news story on our website.
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.
CONFERENCE UPDATE: ABORIGINAL STUDIES IN AN ERA OF CURRICULUM CHANGE
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12 - 13 December 2013, The University of Sydney

***CALL for PAPERS***

Are you doing good things in Aboriginal Education? If you wish to join the excitement of a new era in Aboriginal curriculum, visit ASA website and download the Registration form

Registration Closing : 30 November 2013
Early Bird : 30 October 2013




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