Compass Directions
11 September 2013
Term 3 Week 9
Compass School Consultation and Evaluation Meetings coming up in early Term 4
 
We can’t believe we are approaching the end of Term 3 (and we are sure you can’t either).  How the year has flown by!  With a number of activities and programs nearing completion, the Compass team has begun the planning cycle for next year.   This means that we will be contacting all Coordinators shortly to arrange Consultation and Planning meetings for early term 4 (Weeks 1 to 3).  We look forward to meeting with Compass coordinators and staff to review 2013 and start making plans for 2014. 

As ever, we appreciate all feedback and suggestions that teachers can provide to shape and develop the program. Compass will also have Erebus International working with us again to evaluate the program this year, with school evaluation meetings and sessions to be scheduled in early Term 4.  More information on the evaluation process will be provided to schools shortly, and the Erebus team will be in contact with you.  As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation in evaluating the Compass program to ensure it is of real benefit to your students, teachers and school community.

If you have any questions about either the consultation and planning, or the Erebus evaluation process, please contact Sophie Partridge.

Extra Professional Learning workshop
  • Due to the success of the first session in August, another session of the Australian Curriculum:Preparing to Implement the new Mathematics Years 7-10 Syllabus workshop has been organised for Friday 25 October (Week 3, Term 4). Compass coordinators received a flyer today via email; please ask for more information or contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
  • The final primary school literacy workshop is Teaching Comprehension K-6 on Friday October 11 - please see Professional Learning section below. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 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
 SECONDARY    |  
Bass HS & Condell Park HS
Friday 13 September | New Law Building, University of Sydney
Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study Day
Compass and University staff deliver workshops on English and Maths exam preparation and high school study skills.
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah IEC & Marrickville IEC
Friday 13 September | Happy as Larry @ the Seymour Centre
Students attend a performance of this "playful, poignant and uplifting exploration of the human condition and the elusive nature of happiness."
 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 
 SECONDARY    |  
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. See Notices & Reminders for more information. 
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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Compass Volunteers: Last weeks in school
We are sorry to say that Week 10 will be the last week this year for our Word Up (MULTILIT), Numeracy Tutoring and Homework Club volunteers. We are very proud of our 2013 volunteers and please do take a moment next week to thank them for their commitment.  
Hear from a volunteer: 
  • Volunteering with Compass has been really fulfilling for me. I initially took it on because I wanted to "pay back" in some way for my AusAid schorlarship. However, I ended up receiving even more. My volunteer sessions have definitely been the highlights of my week days. It's been an absolute joy to be a small part of helping the children learn.
We are sorry to say that Week 10 will be the last week this year for our Word Up (MULTILIT), Numeracy Tutoring and Homework Club volunteers. We are very proud of our 2013 volunteers and please do take a moment next week to thank them for their commitment.  
Hear from a volunteer: 
  • Volunteering with Compass has been really fulfilling for me. I initially took it on because I wanted to "pay back" in some way for my AusAid schorlarship. However, I ended up receiving even more. My volunteer sessions have definitely been the highlights of my week days. It's been an absolute joy to be a small part of helping the children learn.
From a teacher:
  • The donation of tutors' time is incredibly generous when there are so many other demands on them - work, study and face-to face campus lectures. We really value the care and attention that the volunteers provide to our students.

Mike and Sylvia will contact coordinators to wrap up this year’s programs and update you on next year’s programs.
 
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 SECONDARY    |  
E12 applications closed: scholarship applications still open
Thank you to all the staff who helped the hundreds of Year 12 students who applied for this year's E12 Early Offer program complete their applications. Student applications closed on Friday 6 September, with the deadline for principals and supporting documents on Tuesday 10 September. We wish the best of luck to all those students from Compass partner schools who have applied to study at the University of Sydney next year!

Don't forget that applications for Access (Equity) and Merit Scholarships to the University of Sydney are still open: 
 SECONDARY    |  
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 is open now.
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 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
2. Wednesday, 11 September, Athelstane PS 3.10pm – 3.50pm
Topics: The Alert Program and Core Strength and Posture
3. Thursday, 12 September, Fairfield PS 3.10pm – 3.50pm
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
2. Wednesday, 11 September, Athelstane PS 3.10pm – 3.50pm
Topics: The Alert Program and Core Strength and Posture
VMR Number: 600345318
3. Thursday, 12 September, Fairfield PS 3.10pm – 3.50pm
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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 SECONDARY    |  
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 or interactive activity and a career profile.
 
Information will be sent out to schools within the next 2 weeks.
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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
 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.
 PRIMARY    |  
TEACHING COMPREHENSION K–6
Friday, October 11, 2013 | 9am–3pm | register

This full-day course begins by identifying the strategies that support comprehension and seeing what else needs to be taught to students K–6 to help them learn to read (reading processes, contexts for reading, reading conventions, word identification strategies, and the information process).

 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
For students who aren't sure what they want to do next...
Vote in The Other Election
Conference Update: Aboriginal Studies in an era of Curriculum Change
Are any of your students planning to study Engineering and IT at Sydney?
Useful Links
FOR STUDENTS WHO AREN'T SURE WHAT THEY WANT TO DO NEXT...
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Do you have students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 who aren't sure what they want to do next?  They can get a taste of study and careers in a range of subjects at the Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program 
It's designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12, and takes place at the University between 13–17 January, 2014.  
Please contact Bianca Williams at Compass for more information.
VOTE IN THE OTHER ELECTION
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There is a generation of young Indigenous stars stepping up to lead the way to Australia's future.

AIME asked 600 Indigenous kids from around the country to imagine giving a speech as Australia's first Indigenous Prime Minister. 11 thousand votes have already been cast in the search for the winner! 

Vote online with one million Australians to show that we can see an Indigenous Prime Minister in our lifetime. These kids wrote, rehearsed and recorded their speeches in just two hours. Given a lifetime, imagine what’s possible.

Voting closes on 29 September and the winners will travel to Canberra to present their speeches to the Prime Minister. 

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
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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> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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