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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
COMPASS WEBSITE
MARCH 13, 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.  Thank you for the feedback you've already provided, which we'll address in next week's Directions. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 CAMPUS VISIT    |  
Sunday 18 March Parents Campus Visit
Last day for RSVPs was Friday 9 March. Please forward any RSVPs received after this date to compass.administration@sydney.edu.au
 or to your Compass contact person. 

 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.
Buses arrive 9.45 a.m.
Buses depart 1.00 p.m. 
 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. 
 MULTILIT    |  
Multilit (Word Up) Begins
The Multilit program begins in Week 2 of Term 2
Monday 30 April -  Friday 4 May
 UPCOMING EVENTS    |  
Reconciliation Week 2012
Each year Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June to commemorate two very important dates in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian relations - the 1967 referendum and the anniversary of the Eddie Mabo high court decision. 

The University of Sydney's Koori Centre typically observes Reconciliation Week with a calendar of events, including the Sea of Hands installation.

Watch Compass Directions for more information about how your school can get involved with the activities on campus.  


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REMINDERS AND NOTICES
 IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM    |  
FP&E and Animation Consultation Meetings
The following meeting times have been confirmed for schedule consultation with Sylvia Utami and Jack McGrath: 

Thursday 15 March
  • Condell Park PS 9:45 AM
  • Fairfield HS 11:00 AM
  • Bass HS 12:30 PM
Thursday 22 March
  • Athelstane PS 10:00 AM
  • Kogarah PS 11:30 AM
  • Kogarah IEC 12:40 PM
  • Bexley PS 2:30 PM

Friday 23 March

  • Marrickville HS  1:00 PM
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 SEYMOUR CENTRE    |  
Seymour Centre Visits for May 2012
BUBBLEWRAP AND BOXES
  • Wednesday 2 May
Panania PS at 10:30 AM
Condell Park PS at 12:30 PM
  • Thursday 3 May
Picnic Pt PS  10:30 AM
Revesby Sth 12:30 PM


THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD

  • Thursday 17 May
Marrickville West PS 10:00 AM
Bexley PS 10:00 AM 
(Numbers to be confirmed)
  • Friday 18 May
Yagoona PS 10:00 AM


BINDJAREB PINJARRA
  • Tuesday 29 May
Marrickville West PS 10:30 AM
Wattawa PS 10.30 AM
  • Tuesday 31 May
Athelstane PS 10:30 AM
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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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CATCHING UP WITH PARENTS
 PARENTS    |  
Compass staff out and about
In the last few weeks the Compass team has been busy visiting partner schools' staff and parent meetings, talking to teachers, principals and parents about Compass and some of the programs and activities taking place in 2012.  
In the last few weeks the Compass team has been busy visiting partner schools' staff and parent meetings, talking to teachers, principals and parents about Compass and some of the programs and activities taking place in 2012.  

Read the full story on the Compass website.

We're always keen to share information about Compass and the University and to hear more about your schools and communities.  If you are interested in having Compass representatives at your school Fair Day, Open Day, or P&C meeting, please complete the Compass online booking form and we'll be in touch.  You can can also visit the University's Social Inclusion and Compass websites to find out more.  
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CALENDAR 2012
 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
Professional Learning: Faculty of Engineering & Information Technologies
Catching up with parents
Professional Learning Calendar 2012
Compass
New volunteers coming to your schools this year
Parents going to school this weekend
New resources for Careers Advisers
Useful links
COMPASS
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NEW VOLUNTEERS COMING TO YOUR SCHOOLS THIS YEAR
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O-Week 2012 was a tale of extreme weather and extreme enthusiasm. To spread the word about our volunteer programs, Compass staff braved three days of frequent drenching rain, searing sun and muggy air at our O-Week stall on Eastern Avenue. Fuelled by Fantales, Mentos and sheer chutzpah, we chatted to students and staff about how they could make a difference in our school communities through the Compass Word Up, Homework Club and Classroom Activity Facilitators programs.
Compass Volunteers have been working with twelve of our primary and high school partners to encourage reading and literacy development through our Word Up program since 2010. Volunteers also work as Classroom Activity Facilitators, delivering classroom lessons in primary schools as part of the 3-Phase programs. This work is set to continue with a new bunch of volunteers currently being recruited and plenty of last year's volunteers ready for action in 2012.

O-Week 2012 wO-Week 2012 was a tale of extreme weather and extreme enthusiasm. To spread the word about our volunteer programs, Compass staff braved three days of frequent drenching rain, searing sun and muggy air at our O-Week stall on Eastern Avenue. Fuelled by Fantales, Mentos and sheer chutzpah, we chatted to students and staff about how they could make a difference in our school communities through the Compass Word Up, Homework Club and Classroom Activity Facilitators programs. At the end of a hard week, we were delighted to discover that almost 250 had registered their interest in volunteering.  Interviews are now taking place at Compass HQ.   

The volunteers' valuable work would not be possible without the supervision, support and commitment of the coordinating teachers at our partner schools.  The warm and responsive atmosphere the volunteers encounter when in the schools is essential for their continued development, and we are greatly appreciative of the work you do.  

PARENTS GOING TO SCHOOL THIS WEEKEND
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We’re pleased to report that over one hundred parents and students are planning to attend our first Parents Campus Visit for 2012!  These families will be spending what we hope is a sunny Sunday touring the campus, sampling the University’s range of programs, and imagining what their kids might be able to do at university in the future.  Once again, thank you for your work informing and encouraging parents to attend this event. Once again, thank you for your work informing and encouraging parents to attend this event. 
Parents Campus Visit – Sunday March 18

We’re pleased to report that over one hundred parents and students are planning to attend our first Parents Campus Visit for 2012!  These families will be spending what we hope is a sunny Sunday touring the campus, sampling the University’s range of programs, and imagining what their kids might be able to do at university in the future. Once again, thank you for your work informing and encouraging parents to attend this event.  Don’t forget that there are three more opportunities this year for visits, so families who were unable to make Sunday March 18 have other chances.  Any interested teachers are more than welcome to come along - but please let us know beforehand so we can organize catering. 

If you think the parents at your school might be interested in a campus visit, but want a bit more familiarity with Compass first, perhaps consider inviting us to a P & C or Parent Information night at your school. 

Another resource you might want to share with interested parents is the Higher Education – It’s for Everyone video available via our website (7m 40s). 

NEW RESOURCES FOR CAREERS ADVISERS
The Student Recruitment Unit at the University has just launched a new website which Careers Advisers might find useful.  

In particular, the 'Talk To Our Students' pages feature brief interviews with students from a variety of backgrounds who've all taken different paths to university.  
  • The students give real-life advice about scholarships, degree choice, HSC support, specific programs and successful study that your students will find engaging and helpful. 
  • Your students can ask the Uni students questions via email for even more detailed information. 
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