Compass Directions
18 September 2013
Term 3 Week 10
Last week of term!
As Term 3 comes to a close, we have started organising consultation meetings in Term 4 for the 2014 program.  Principals and Compass Coordinators should have received an email this week, so please contact us if you are one of these people and you haven't received one. Some of you have gotten an 'A' already with your prompt replies - thank you! You will also be contacted by Erebus International regarding evaluation of the program. We really appreciate your support with the evaluation process. 

Compass Showcase
The 2013 showcase will take place on Monday 9 December - save the date in your calendar now.  This year the showcase will focus on the Stop Motion Animation and Film Production programs, with a film screening session for primary schools in the morning followed by high schools in the afternoon. Compass coordinators and film program coordinators received initial emails this week, with more details to come in Term 4. 

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 have received a flyer 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    |  
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    |  
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.
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Term 4 Film Program begins
Week 1 - Moorebank HS
Week 2 - Condell Park HS, Marrickville IEC
Students work with Sydney College of the Arts faculty on a film production/stop motion animation production course

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NOTICES & REMINDERS
 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 FREE and is open now.
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 SECONDARY    |  
Year 9 Compass Inquiry (STEM) Day
Wednesday 6th November, 10AM – 2.15PM

For Compass Coordinators and Head Teachers Science
– Following the recent email with further details, we will be in touch again in early Term 4 to confirm.
 
What are the aims of the Year 9 Compass Inquiry (STEM) Day?
  • To help students to develop an enthusiastic and interested view of STEM and related subjects
  • To help students understand the relationships between STEM subjects and future career options
  • To promote understanding the relevance of these subjects, and relationship between the learning taking place at school and the worlds of university, research and work
  • To encourage more students to take STEM and related subjects in Years 11 and 12 (and beyond)
For Compass Coordinators and Head Teachers Science – Following the recent email with further details, we will be in touch again in early Term 4 to confirm.
 
What are the aims of the Year 9 Compass Inquiry (STEM) Day?

  • To help students to develop an enthusiastic and interested view of STEM and related subjects
  • To help students understand the relationships between STEM subjects and future career options
  • To promote understanding the relevance of these subjects, and relationship between the learning taking place at school and the worlds of university, research and work
  • To encourage more students to take STEM and related subjects in Years 11 and 12 (and beyond)
Target:
Year 9 Students (schools to select suitable students – ideally those interested in these areas but needing extra encouragement to continue on with STEM related subjects)
Number: 30 students (max)
What does the day involve:
Students will take part in 4 thirty minute workshops, with each workshop showcasing an exciting area of Science, Technology or Engineering. 
The workshops will contain a small (15 minute) interactive activity, followed by a career profile of a professional working in that area.
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 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.  

Also, our Occupational Therapy (OT) university students have now finished in Athelstane, Panania, Fairfield and Villawood East PS.It has been a busy but fruitful year for the OT Program. We would like to thank all participating schools for their support. 


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: 
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RESEARCH: HOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FARING 2013
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Young people's participation in education and training increases
The Foundation for Young Australians works to increase opportunity and access for young people of disadvantaged backgrounds, and supporting the leadership development of young Australians. Their annual report provides important point-in-time and trend information on the education and training outcomes of young people in Australia as they make the transition from school to further work and study


In 2013 the participation of young people in education and training is increasing: 
  • Three quarters (75%) of teenagers and just under one third (32%) of young adults are in full-time education. 
  • In 2010, 85% of 25 to 34 year-old Australians attained at least upper secondary education, compared with the OECD average of 82%. 
  • 44% have attained tertiary education, compared with the OECD average of 38%. 
You can read the full report here or a summary here
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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    |  
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
Research: How Young People Are Faring 2013
Opportunities for Parents
Professional Learning
Are any of your students planning to study Engineering and I.T. at Sydney?
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
Useful Links
ARE ANY OF YOUR STUDENTS PLANNING TO STUDY ENGINEERING AND I.T. AT SYDNEY?
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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.
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
USEFUL LINKS
> Social Inclusion Unit
> E12 Early Offer Program
> Bridges to Higher Education
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