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COMPASS DIRECTIONS
COMPASS WEBSITE
MARCH 28, 2012
New registration form is now live
Compass Coordinators will find a new booking form on our website.  

We have updated the functions to make the form more flexible, and hopefully, quicker to use. The form also contains a Compass events calendar, which you can use at any time to check on upcoming dates.  We will be populating this calendar over the next two weeks.  

As with our other recent changes, we appreciate your feedback.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 STAFF MEETING    |  
Condell Park PS
Wednesday 28 March Compass staff to attend
 STAFF MEETING    |  
Condell Park HS
Monday 2 April Compass staff to attend
 PRIMARY SCHOOLS    |  
OT Professional Development via Connected Classrooms
Monday 2 April
3.00 PM - 4.30 PM 

Please check with your school's OT Coordinator for the login address for this Connected Classrooms presentation: 

Kogarah PS
Condell Park PS
Wattawa Heights PS
Bexley PS
 SCHOLARSHIPS    |  
Condell Park HS
Wednesday 4 April
Year 11 Thinking Ahead Workshop
9.30 AM - 11.30 AM
 PRIMARY SCHOOLS    |  
YEAR 3 INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY DAY
Wednesday 2 May
9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

Information packs were mailed to schools last week.  Please let us know ASAP if you have not received an information pack. 

RSVP for Year 3 Day by end of Term 1, Thursday 5 April.

Phase 1 of the 3-Phase program will be available for download via the Compass website here from Thursday 29 March onwards.  
Please contact us ASAP if you are unable to access this link.
 STAFF MEETING    |  
Westfields Sports HS
Wednesday 9 May Compass staff to attend
 MULTILIT    |  
Multilit (Word Up) Begins
The Multilit program begins in Week 2 of Term 2
Monday 30 April -  Friday 4 May
 FP&E ANIMATION    |  
Thank you
Thank you to all the schools who met with Jack and Sylvia for the consultation meetings recently.  Sylvia will send a confirmed timetable for the programs for T2 and T3 soon - please keep an eye out for that.
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CAMPUS VISITS
 YEAR SEVEN    |  
Sir Joseph Banks HS
On Tuesday 20 March, the Compass team welcomed almost 70 students from Sir Joseph Banks High School to the University. The future game designers, judges, doctors, builders, athletes and artists assembled in the Great Hall, where we gave our best response to the question, "Why are you telling me about university now?"
On Tuesday 20 March, the Compass team welcomed almost 70 students from Sir Joseph Banks High School to the University. The future game designers, judges, doctors, builders, athletes and artists assembled in the Great Hall, where we gave our best response to the question, "Why are you telling me about university now?"
A walking tour of the campus was followed by a snack in the sun, and then activities began.  Students searched for Latin phrases in the 150-year-old Quadrangle on the scavenger hunt, ogled a bat skeleton and a giant stuffed eagle in the Macleay Museum, and then listened to a fencing history lesson and watched a demonstration by Angelo Santangelo of the University Fencing club.  Finally the moment arrived for students to raise their epees, foils, and sabres and lunge their way across the Great Hall. Angelo was impressed by the focus shown by Sir Joseph Banks students – perhaps it will be a new sport at the school?

Some of the best things we heard were that university seemed like a fun adventure and an awesome experience – which is true – and that people at uni seemed helpful – also true!  While we can only offer a glimpse of all that university has to offer in one day, we’re pleased that the students thoroughly enjoyed their first visit. 

Many thanks to all the teachers and staff who accompanied the students, and to Compass coordinator Sarah Hawke and principal Brad Mitchell.  Thank you to the staff of the Macleay Museum, the SUSF, and our intrepid studen ambassadors.  And congratulations to Sir Joseph Banks High School for kicking off the 2012 Year Seven visits with such enthusiasm and energy.  We look forward to seeing you back! 

(We'll let you know when the pictures are up on the website!)
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REMINDERS AND NOTICES
 SEYMOUR CENTRE    |  
Seymour Centre Visits for May 2012
BUBBLEWRAP AND BOXES (50 minutes, no interval)
  • Wednesday 2 May
Panania PS at 10:30 AM
Condell Park PS at 12:30 PM
Yagoona PS at 12.30 PM
  • Thursday 3 May
Picnic Pt PS  10:30 AM
Revesby Sth 12:30 PM


THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD
(55 minutes, no interval)

  • Thursday 17 May
Marrickville West PS 10:00 AM
Bexley PS 10:00 AM 

BINDJAREB PINJARRA (100 minutes, no interval) 
  • 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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 FEEDBACK    |  
Draft Partnership Agreement and Responsibility Matrix
All Compass Coordinators and principals should have received the draft partnership agreement and responsibility matrix for 2012.  We invite you to send your comments and feedback to Sophie Partridge by the end of next week, or to contact her with any questions.
 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY    |  
Bridges to Higher Education
Bridges to Higher Education is a unique collaboration bringing together the collective resources and experience of five universities: the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, the Australian Catholic University, the University of Western Sydney, and Macquarie University.  Bridges aims to improve the participation in higher education of students from low socio-economic communities.

The consortium is currently advertising two positions. 
Bridges to Higher Education is a unique collaboration bringing together the collective resources and experience of five universities: the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, the Australian Catholic University, the University of Western Sydney, and Macquarie University.  Bridges aims to improve the participation in higher education of students from low socio-economic communities. 

The consortium is currently advertising two positions.  

This new initiative requires a Senior Executive Officer and a Senior Project Officer

Click for more information, and please forward to any interested parties.

Please note: Any appointment is the decision and responsibility of the Bridges to Higher Education consortium and not the University of Sydney.
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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 Belmore South Public School Weeks 3–7 
Day TBA 4–6pm
+ 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.
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Children's literature
 TERM 2
Children's Literature Module 1
10 hours face-to-face at hub school + 10 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code TBA.

This module examines the critical role that literature can and should play in the lives and imaginations of young children and adolescents (K–12); the importance of children's personal, aesthetic and socially critical responses to literary texts; and the role of literary texts in developing particular kinds of literacy practices. In this module we will explore a range of questions including:
  • What are the characteristics of quality literary texts?
  • What are the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the use of literary texts (picture books, novels, short stories, poetry) for children and adolescents in today's primary and secondary classrooms?
  • How does new media impact on narrative?
This module will involve discussion of participants' wide and close reading of a range of children's literature and of the recent theory and research relating the characteristics of such texts to the classroom practicalities of literacy pedagogy. 

Blended mode in-school session outline
Session 1: The role of the arts in learning and literature as an art form
Session 2: Choosing quality literary texts for the classroom
Session 3: Responding to literature
Session 4: Literature and the Australian Curriculum
Session 5: Exploring visual literacy through picture books


 ONLINE MODULE    |  
Mentoring - Module 1
Mentoring - Module 1
Available all Term 4 2011 – Opens Week 1
NSWIT Course Code C08579

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are involved in mentoring and all teachers interested in professional development related to mentoring, teacher induction and teacher accreditation issues.

The course will include:
  • a critical overview of the research in the areas of professional development, mentoring and teacher induction
  • a study of key issues related to the concept of mentoring and teacher induction identified through the review of literature
  • analysis of the current developments around standards of professional practice
  • opportunities for individuals to discuss and investigate specific mentoring issues and develop mentoring skill.
 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
Campus Visits
REMINDERS AND NOTICES
Professional Learning Calendar 2012
Compass
Sydney Museums School Holiday program
Musica Viva: Professional Learning Opportunities
New resources for Careers Advisers
Useful links
COMPASS
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SYDNEY MUSEUMS SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM
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FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN APRIL

UNDER THE SEA IN THE MACLEAY
  • Wednesday 11 April, 10am-4pm
  • Arts and craft activities throughout the day as you help us build a coral reef.

ANCIENT GREEK MYTHS IN THE NICHOLSON
  • Friday 13 April, 10am-4pm
  • Arts and craft activities throughout the day, Greek myth storytelling and a chance to handle genuine ancient archaeological artefacts from Athens and Sparta.

FILM NIGHT IN THE NICHOLSON: JASON & THE ARGONAUTS
  • Thursday 19 April, 4-6pm
  • A free screening of the 1963 family film Jason and the Argonauts surrounded by ancient artefacts.  Bring a cushion!

MUSICA VIVA: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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Music, drama, and PDHPE teachers may be interested in these professional learning courses from Musica Viva. 

Dates: 
Song Safari: Thursday 21 June 8.45am – 3pm
Rhythm Safari: Wednesday 8 August 8.45am – 3pm
Sound Safari: Thursday 30 August  8.45am – 3pm

Cost: $240

You can register for these workshops via the Compass website.

The VIVAZONE is a fun, animated site with a swinging soundtrack and classroom resources, including a teacher's resource page.


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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> Social Inclusion Unit
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