Compass Directions
4 September 2013
Week 8: A great time to...
...show students currently in Years 8, 9, 10, and 11 the summer programs 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. Programs take place at the University between 13–17 January, 2014.  Please contact Bianca Williams at Compass for more information.
...tell Year 11 students about Life at Sydney, the new 'Degree in a Day' program. See Notices & Reminders below for more. 

...dial in to a connected classrooms professional development session. The OT (Occupational Therapy) program for Stage 1-3 teachers is offering three days of PD in September - see Notices & Reminders.

...take a look at the new COMPASS website.
We are pleased to announce the release of the new Compass 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.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
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Moorebank HS
Wednesday 4 September | 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.
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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.
 PRIMARY    |  
Professional Development: Occupational Therapy
Tuesday, 10 September | Panania PS 3.30pm – 4.10pm
Topics: Attention and Heavy Work  and Body Awareness
Wednesday, 11 September | Athelstane PS 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: The Alert Program and Core Strength and Posture
Thursday, 12 September | Fairfield PS 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: Apps for OT and Hypermobility
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Bass HS & Condell Park HS
Friday 13 September | New Law Building, University of Sydney
Compass and University staff deliver workshops on English and Maths exam preparation and high school study skills.
 PRIMARY    |  
The 13 Storey Treehouse
16 - 19 September | Seymour Centre, University of Sydney
Students in Years 4 or 5 attend a performance of a popular Australian children's book
 PRIMARY    |  
Yagoona PS
Wednesday 18 September | Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney
Students see ancient Egyptian and Roman artefacts, mummies, and the Lego Acropolis
 PRIMARY    |  
Villawood East PS
Wednesday 18 September | Villawood East PS
11.45AM - 12.35PM
Enter Stage Right – Phase 3 of the 3-phase Seymour Centre program is a classroom activity facilitated by Compass volunteers 
 PRIMARY    |  
Wattawa Heights PS & Kogarah PS
Friday 20 September |  In schools
Wattawa Heights PS: 9.30AM – 10.20AM
Kogarah PS: 10.30AM – 11.20AM 

Enter Stage Right – Phase 3 of the 3-phase Seymour Centre program is a classroom activity facilitated by Compass volunteers 
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Life at Sydney
Monday 30 September OR Wednesday 2 October | The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney's Future Students unit invites Year 11 students to experience a day at uni.
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
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Are any of your students planning to study Engineering and IT at Sydney?
The NBN Co Undergraduate Scholarships in Engineering and Information Technologies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students are valued at $30,000 per year for 4 years.  
This opportunity is open to prospective students of disadvantaged Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds pursuing studies in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering) in Semester 1, 2014)

Click here for more information.
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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.
 PRIMARY    |  
OT (Occupational Therapy) PD sessions via Connected Classrooms
Following last year's success, the OT Teachers Professional Development (PD) series is back again this year. The PD series will continue to focus on providing teachers with helpful OT practices to support student development in the classroom
1. Tuesday, 10 September, Panania PS 3.30pm – 4.10pm
Topics: Attention and Heavy Work  and Body Awareness
2. Wednesday, 11 September, Athelstane PS 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: The Alert Program and Core Strength and Posture
3. Thursday, 12 September, Fairfield PS 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: Apps for OT and Hypermobility
Following last year's success, the OT Teachers Professional Development (PD) series is back again this year. The PD series will continue to focus on providing teachers with helpful OT practices to support student development in the classroom
1. Tuesday, 10 September, Panania PS 3.30pm – 4.10pm
Topics: Attention and Heavy Work  and Body Awareness
VMR Number: 600180918
2. Wednesday, 11 September, Athelstane PS 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: The Alert Program and Core Strength and Posture
VMR Number: 600345318
3. Thursday, 12 September, Fairfield PS 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Topics: Apps for OT and Hypermobility
VMR Number: 600189517
Please forward this email to relevant teachers in your school. This series is open to all teachers from Stage 1 – Stage 3. The OT students have worked very hard to prepare this resources to be available for Compass schools. 

Sylvia Utami has sent an information email to all PS Compass ccordinators - please contact Sylvia with any queries. 
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What is life at Sydney like?
Monday 30 September OR Wednesday 2 October 
The University of Sydney's Future Students unit invites Year 11 students to experience a day at uni.

Ever wanted to build an iPhone app? Create and try out a prosthetic leg? Role-play solutions to a business problem?  Students get to choose three sessions presented by faculties, clubs and societies.  It's a chance to give a couple of subjects a try. 

Registration opens on September 9, but you can show students this information brochure in the meantime.
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Compass Inquiry Day for Year 9 Students – Wednesday 6 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.
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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
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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.
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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
Working on the weekend
Investigating Uni together
Conference Update: Aboriginal Studies in an era of Curriculum Change
Sydney Ideas: Western Sydney Talk
Useful Links
WORKING ON THE WEEKEND
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As the University's news story on Open Day shows, it was a big one.  For the Compass team, it was an amazing day as we got to meet so many keen Year 10, 11, and 12 students.  
26 students took advantage of our E12 & Scholarship Application consultation sessions throughout the day, and the calibre of the applications was impressive.  We'd particularly like to thank those students and their parents from Sir Joseph Banks HS, Liverpool Girls HS, and Westfields Sports HS who made the journey to the Quadrangle to see us. We wish you the best of luck!

INVESTIGATING UNI TOGETHER
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We (all) did it!  479 year 8 students took part in Investig8 Uni on 21 August, and we salute the Compass coordinators, Year 8 Advisors, and enthusiastic students who made it happen. One of the things students enjoyed most was working with their friends on something they were intersted in, so the work that went in to letting students choose their own activities paid off.
We [all] did it!  479 year 8 students took part in Investig8 Uni on 21 August, and we salute the Compass coordinators, Year 8 Advisors, and enthusiastic students who made it happen. One of the things students enjoyed most was working with their friends on something they were intersted in, so the work that went in to letting students choose their own activities paid off. 

The day started with an inspiring welcome from Dr Jayne Weller, a University of Sydney graduate in Veterinary Science. Her journey to higher education, and her message of persistence, resonated with the Year 8 students on the day and has been featured in the Bridges to Higher Education TV documentary series Models of Achievement.

We had 23 activities across the Camperdown campus including demonstrations and hands-on activities in architecture, engineering, visual arts, animation, music, business studies, archaeology, molecular bioscience, law and order, sustainability, physiotherapy, nursing and rock climbing.  Read more here, and look out for photos coming soon!
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
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
USEFUL LINKS
> Social Inclusion Unit
> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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