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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
COMPASS WEBSITE
MARCH 6 2012
What do you think of our new look?
Compass Directions has a new format for 2012, with a few features we hope you find useful: 
  • A Contents menu in the top left for quick reference - just click on the item you want to jump to
  • A 'teaser' format for longer stories that allows you to 'Read more' if you're interested in the story, or save it for later if you don't have time. 
  • More space for pictures
Hyperlinks to email addresses and websites remain in the new format.  
Please feel free to offer feedback on the new Compass Directions - Victoria Loy would like to know what you love or loathe about the changes.  
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 STAFF MEETING    |  
Staff Meeting at Sir Joseph Banks HS
Thursday 8 March Compass staff to attend. 
 CAMPUS VISIT    |  
Parent Campus Visit
Sunday 18 March The first Parents Campus Visit of the year. We’d love to welcome both returning and new parents to campus this year.
The first Parents Campus Visit of the year is on Sunday 18 March. We’d love to welcome both returning and new parents to campus this year.  

We have provided each school with hard copy invitations that parents can fill out and return to the front office. Please note that RSVPs are due byThursday 8 March as space is limited – contact Events Manager Simone Ross or Compass administration as soon as you receive your RSVPs.  
 STAFF MEETING    |  
Staff meeting at Bass HS
Monday 19 March Compass staff to attend. 
 CAMPUS VISIT    |  
Sir Joseph Banks HS
Tuesday 20 March Year 7 campus visit.
 STAFF MEETING    |  
Staff meeting at Yagoona PS
Tuesday 20 March Compass staff to attend.
 PRIMARY SCHOOLS    |  
Year 3 Introduction to University
Watch Compass Directions for further details. 
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REMINDERS AND NOTICES
 CAMPUS VISIT    |  
Parents Campus Visit RSVPs
Thank you to those coordinators who have already received and returned their RSVPs.  
Please note that RSVPs are due by Thursday 8 March as space is limited – contact Events Manager Simone Ross or Compass administration as soon as you receive your RSVPs. 
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 FP&E ANIMATION    |  
Follow-up meetings for FP&E / Animation teachers
Teachers who attended the PD sessions for these programs should have received an email from Sylvia last week about scheduling a meeting. 

For discussion during the meeting: 
1.  The class profile (students who we will be working with)
2.  The program outcomes in regard to the Key Learning Areas and the
classroom integration
3.  Confirm the program delivery time at your school
4.  Logistic and arrangement (materials, equipments, software, room
booking, teacher supervision)
5. Any other matters you'd like to discuss

Sylvia also asked you to please nominate two time slots on the proposed day that would suit for the meeting. 

Please email Sylvia with your preferred time by 9 March

Thank you.  
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DATES FOR THE CALENDAR - STUDENT RECRUITMENT UNIT
 SRU    |  
Year 10 Subject Selection, Scholarship workshops and Open Day.
The Student Recruitment Unit at the University has released important dates in the calendar that may be of interest to Compass schools: 

Year 10 Subject Selection Evening
(Session 1)
Wednesday 6 June 

Year 10 Subject Selection Evening
(Session 2)
Tuesday 12 June 

Both sessions will be held at the Eastern Avenue Auditorium

Scholarships Information Evening 
Wednesday 20 June Eastern Avenue Auditorium

University of Sydney Open Day
Saturday 25 August 
Camperdown campus &
Darlington campus

Registration will open closer to the dates. Watch Compass Directions for further information. 







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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
 PROFESSIONAL LEARNING    |  
Call for expressions of interest
The Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies is looking at offering a four-day professional development course at the end of Term 1 for high schools teaching the new Engineering Studies Stage 6 syllabus or teachers who wish to increase their skills in engineering studies.  If you would like to be involved in future professional learning in this area, please contact Victoria Loy


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UNIVERSITY AND SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS
Faculty-based Programs
Several faculties at the University have received funding to carry out schools outreach projects.  Some of the schools they're teaming up with this year are Compass partner schools. 

The projects include: 
  • Nature's Classroom, a citizen science program for primary schools that gives students the opportunity to conduct hands-on investigations that feed directly to University research on ant ecology in urban landscapes. 
  • iScience, an open-ended inquiry project where high school students work on campus and in schools to design, carry out, and report on their own researchable question. 
  • HSIE project with high schools.  The various dimensions of this project include school visits by undergraduate students and faculty for exam preparation, university visits for school students, pre-service teacher placement in school, and participation by school teachers in a university research project. 
  • Music Learning Through Community Service In a new service learning Unit of Study, Sydney Conservatorium of Music undergraduate students will plan a program for enhancing music in a school and work with students and staff at the school to prepare for a performance at the Conservatorium. 
If you'd like to know more about any of these programs, or to find out how to be involved in the future. please contact Compass Administration
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CALENDAR 2012
 FREE TALK    |  
Dr Ben Levin, ‘Improving our schools: What we know and what we need to do’
Monday 5 March

The Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Education Union jointly hosting an evening with Dr Ben Levin from the University of Toronto.
- For those interested in policy-practice connections and large-scale change. 
To register, please email Victoria.  
 ON CAMPUS    |  
Game Sense
Friday 30 March
Game Sense
For PDHPE teachers                  
  • NSWIT endorsed professional development for maintenance of 
accreditation at Professional Competence.
  • Practical classes in the sports of hockey, athletics, football, softball, 
touch football and lacrosse by international and national practitioners.
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Conversations about literary texts – module 1
Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1   Blended mode – 12 hours face-to-face at Homebush Boys High School + 8 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code C08360. 
  • Teaching grammar in primary school and middle years.
  • The teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. 
  • Details and dates TBA
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1 
10 hours face-to-face at hub school + 10 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code TBA.
This module will enable teachers to:
  • Articulate the reading and writing skills and understandings required by students to access content and achieve syllabus outcomes in their subject areas
  • Expand and enhance the teaching of the reading and writing required for learning in their subject areas, and
  • Use a range of strategies to support and develop students' reading and writing skills.
 ON CAMPUS    |  
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
1 – 2 November

Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
Michael Ungar is a University Research Professor and Professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. As the Director of the Resilience Research Centre, he currently leads a number of studies of resilience involving researchers from more than a dozen countries on six continents.
He is also the author of eight books including:
  • Strengths-Based Counseling with At-Risk Youth
  • We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids
  • Playing at Being Bad: The Hidden Resilience of Troubled Teens, and
  • Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.
See future Compass Directions for more information.
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CONTENTS
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
REMINDERS AND NOTICES
Dates for the calendar - Student Recruitment Unit
Professional Learning: Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies
University and School Partnership Projects
Professional Learning Calendar 2012
Compass
Kickstart - HSC Science
What's on at the museums?
Useful links
COMPASS
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KICKSTART - HSC SCIENCE
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The Kickstart Science Workshops give students a chance to get a hands-on university experience. The workshops are closely aligned with the HSC syllabus, and were designed in response to changes to the NSW HSC Science syllabus.
The Kickstart Science Workshops give students a chance to get a hands-on university experience. The workshops are closely aligned with the HSC syllabus, and were designed in response to changes to the NSW HSC Science syllabus.

Students are able to perform experiments and see demonstrations of key ideas in the syllabus that may be difficult to do in the classroom. This is a popular program attended by public and independent schools all over Sydney, and dates fill up quickly.  

What have teachers and students said about the program? 
  • "Demonstrators were passionate about their physics - great role modelling"
  • “Specialist equipment we do not have at school"
  • "Informative young presenters who students seemed to relate to"
  • "Right atmosphere for learning"
  • "Hands on experience means I'll be able to recall experiments for exam"
For more information, and to see which syllabus areas the modules address, please visit the Chemistry , Biology, and Physics websites.   

If you wish to register, please contact Victoria at the Compass office with your student numbers and top three preferences for dates. 
WHAT'S ON AT THE MUSEUMS?
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Macleay Museum

Coral: art science life

Examining the boundaries of our concern for the coral reefs that sustain life on the east coast of Australia, this exhibition will include contributions from artists, scientists from The University of Sydney and Torres Strait Islander schools. In Coral: life two schools in the Torres Strait share their vision of living on the reefs of the Coral Sea. 

On now until 1 September

Read more about what's on right now and for links to educational resources.  
Macleay Museum

Coral: art science life

Examining the boundaries of our concern for the coral reefs that sustain life on the east coast of Australia, this exhibition will include contributions from artists, scientists from The University of Sydney and Torres Strait Islander schools. In Coral: life two schools in the Torres Strait share their vision of living on the reefs of the Coral Sea. 

On now until 1 September

Nicholson Museum


50 Objects. 50 Stories.

Explore the Nicholson Museum through 50 of our most extraordinary items with often even more extraordinary stories behind them!

Opens 17 May

Want to incorporate a Nicholson Museum visit into your classes?  Find education resources for primary schools here and high schools here
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