The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
1 MAY, 2012
Coming up in May
  • Primary schools will be busy with the Year 3 Introduction to University Day, which will be followed by classroom visits from Compass volunteers for a fun follow-up and graduation ceremony. 
  • High schools have begun attending Kickstart Science, study skills workshops, and campus visits.  
  • The Seymour Centre at the University has released its Reconciliation Week program. To see which events tie in well to your school's plans and curriculum for June, click on the link at right to jump to the article.  
Corrections: 
The next two Parents Campus Visit are Thursday 28 June and Thursday 26 July.  

Performances of Bubblewrap and Boxes to be attended by Panania PS, Condell Park PS and Yagoona PS are on Wednesday 2 May. We apologise for these errors.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PRIMARY    |  
Word Up begins
Monday 30 April -  Friday 4 May
Week 2 of Term 2
Volunteers in schools
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah HS
Tuesday 1 May Kickstart, HSC Physics "From Ideas to Implementation" workshop
Meet at Physics Building, Physics Rd
9.30 AM - 12.00 PM

 PRIMARY    |  
YEAR 3 INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY DAY
Wednesday 2 May
9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

*IMPORTANT REMINDER - MEDIA RELEASE FORMS*
If any parents have not given permission for their child to be photographed or videoed on the day, please make sure the forms are brought to the event.  All students must wear a name tag, and please ensure that those students who are not to be photographed are wearing a red name tag.  (See information pack for details).
Wednesday 2 May
9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

*IMPORTANT REMINDER - MEDIA RELEASE FORMS*
If any parents have not given permission for their child to be photographed or videoed on the day, please make sure the forms are brought to the event.  All students must wear a name tag, and please ensure that those students who are not to be photographed are wearing a red name tag.  (See information pack for details).

  • Information packs were mailed to schools last week.  Please contact us know ASAP if you have not received an information pack. 
  • Phase 1 of the 3-Phase program is now available for download via the Compass website. Please contact us ASAP if you are unable to access this link.  If you have expressed interest for the Year 3 post-lesson and nominated a time, you will be contacted to confirme the delivery time and date.  Please refer to the 3 Phase instructions sheet for post-lesson equipment and room requirements. 
  • Buses can arrive from 9.30 AM. 
  • Confirmation of numbers of students and accompanying teachers, along with a risk assessment form, will be sent to schools on Tuesday 24 April via email to Compass Coordinators. 
 TEACHER    |  
Westfields Sports HS
Wednesday 9 May Staff meeting attended by Compass team.
 PARENT    |  
Information Night
Wednesday 9 May
6.30 PM - 8.30 PM
See the longer article on the right for additional information. Hard copies of this invitation have also been sent to high schools.
As well as important information about attending university, double passes to the NRL Grand Final and Bulldogs games, a signed Bulldogs jersey and clothing apparel from Oxygen will be given away as prizes on the night.

Make sure your Year 10 - 12 students and their parents know about this opportunity!
 PARENT    |  
Fairfield HS
Tuesday 15 May P&C Meeting with Compass
 SECONDARY    |  
Westfields Sports HS
Thursday 17 May Year Ten Study Skills workshops
10.00 AM - 2.00 PM 
Camperdown campus
 SECONDARY    |  
Fairfield HS
Friday 18 May Year Seven Campus Visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Invitation to Reconciliation Week Launch
The University of Sydney warmly invites Aboriginal Year 11 and Year 12 students to join the Vice-Chancellor and special guests to take part in the official flag-raising ceremony and BBQ lunch to launch the University's Reconciliation Week celebrations. 

Hard copy invitations with RSVP slips have been sent to high schools. Please return the RSVP and media release form to Simone Ross by Friday 11 May. 

Baxters Lodge (F02)
University of Sydney
NSW 2006
 PARENT    |  
Sir Joseph Banks HS
Wednesday 30 May Parent-Teacher Night
 SECONDARY    |  
Year 7 & 8 Indigenous Experience Day
Wednesday 30 May  Year 7 and Year 8 students

Programs and registration information will be sent the week commencing 7 May.
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MORE PARENTS CAMPUS VISITS
 PARENT    |  
28 June is the next Parent Campus Visit
Our first parent visit on March 18 was a great success, with over 100 parents, teachers, and students gathering on the main campus to learn more about the university.  

The next two dates (Thursday 28 June & Thursday 26 July) have now been set. Register your interest now in bringing a bus load of parents and students by emailing Sophie Partridge.

Parents who visited earlier in 2012 found the day worthwhile: 

"To understand the role [and] the history of the university...gave my child a real idea about university"


"A very impressive day for my child & my family. Thank you for your effort."
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REMINDERS AND NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
Seymour Centre May 2012

BUBBLEWRAP AND BOXES
(50 minutes, no interval)

Monday 30 April
  • Villawood East PS at 12:30 PM
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 10:30 AM
  • Bexley PS 10:30 AM 
BINDJAREB PINJARRA (100 minutes, no interval) 
Tuesday 29 May
  • Marrickville West PS 10:30 AM
  • Wattawa PS 10.30 AM
Thursday 31 May
  • Athelstane PS 10:30 AM
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 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Schools starting Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion in Term 2:
Kogarah IEC
Wednesday 2 May
8.40AM - 10.40AM

Fairfield HS
Friday 4 May
11.00AM - 12.40PM

Sir Joseph Banks HS
Monday 21 May
12.00PM - 3.00PM
 PRIMARY    |  
Schools starting Occupational Therapy on May 1:
  • Bexley PS
  • Condell Park PS
  • Kogarah PS
  • Wattawa Heights PS
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Nicholson Museum Education Programs
For teachers of Ancient History, Languages, Biology, Aboriginal Studies and Visual Arts who would like to join the schools making a trip to the Nicholson Museum this year:

The Nicholson Museum offers both general and specialised tours of its collections of antiquities. They can tailor a visit to suit your specific needs:
  • specialised, detailed studies which complement HSC and Stage 4, 5, and 6 class work
  • broad introductions to history, art and science for younger students. Various activities such as mummy wrapping, toga wearing, creative arts, butterfly creation and treasure hunts are possible depending upon the age groups. 
For advice on what they can offer, contact their Manager of Education Programs on 9036 5409, or book online using the Compass online registration form. 

Links to more information: 
Primary school education program

High school education program

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RECONCILIATION WEEK
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Reconciliation Week Activities at the Seymour Centre
National Reconciliation Week

26 May - 2 June

The Seymour Centre and the University of Sydney are kicking off a celebration that honours the experiences and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Read more to see the full program:
National Reconciliation Week
26 May - 2 June
The Seymour Centre and the University of Sydney are kicking off a celebration that honours the experiences and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative presents
Winds of Change
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative is one of Australia's longest running Aboriginal owned and operated art galleries.  Their vision is to promote NSW Aboriginal art in all its diversity ensuring their artists are recognised, respected, and celebrated by Aboriginal people, the general public and the arts community.
When: Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June
Where: Seymour Centre main foyers
Cost: Free

The Pinjarra Project, Deckchair Theatre and Seymour Centre present
Bindjareb Pinjarra – A Comedy about a Massacre
To mark National Reconciliation Week 2012, the Seymour Centre presents Bindjareb Pinjarra—a brilliant improvised comedy about WA’s Pinjarra Massacre.
General Public performances: Saturday 26 May and 2 June, 7.30pm
Schools’ performances: Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June, 10.30am
Where:  York Theatre, Seymour Centre
Cost: $28 / $18 (1 teacher free with school group), a transaction fee may apply
Duration: 100 mins (including Q&A)
Bookings:  seymourcentre.com or 02 9351 7940
 
Casey Donovan: An Intimate Concert
Singing songs for reconciliation and from her soon to be released album Love and Goodbye.  A unique chance to experience the brilliance of Donovan’s unique voice in the intimate, cabaret surrounds of Seymour’s newly renovated Sound Lounge.
When:  Wednesday 30 May, 8pm
Where: Seymour Centre, Sound Lounge
Cost: All tickets $45, a transaction fee may apply
Duration: 2 x 45 min sets
Bookings: seymourcentre.com or 02 9351 7940

Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp) and Seymour Centre present
Katherine
A workshop presentation of a new play by Rachael Coopes and Wayne Blair (director of The Sapphires).  Katherine looks at teenage life in the Top End.  Come and get a glimpse of how a play is put together, and provide feedback. 
When:  Friday 1 June, 1pm and 6.30pm
Where: Seymour Centre
Cost: Free
Duration: 60 mins
Age:   Suitable for Ages 14 and up

The Reconciliation Party
Join us after the reading of atyp’s new play Katherine for a free party to celebrate the end of National Reconciliation Week.  The foyer party features free live music from Marcus Corowa and Jess Beck.
When:  Friday 1 June, 7.30pm
Where: Seymour Centre, main foyer
Cost: Free
Duration: 2½ hours


A NSW Reconciliation Council and Sydney Ideas co-presentation
Talking about Reconciliation
Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Where to after the Expert Panel Report?
When: Monday 28 May, 6.30pm
Where: Seymour Centre, University of Sydney
Cost: Free event but registration requested.   To register your interest visit sydney.edu.au/events/reconciliation


The NSW Reconciliation Council and All Together Now present
"I’m not racist but..."
Four creative speakers talk for 10 minutes on the topic: "I'm not racist but..." followed by a Q and A session.  Join us for a thought-provoking evening.

When: Thursday 31 May, 7.30pm
Where: Seymour Centre, University of Sydney
Cost: $12.50, a transaction fee may apply
Bookings: seymourcentre.com or 02 9351 7940

Visit the Seymour Centre website's Reconciliation Week page for information on venues and start times.
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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING 2012
Tailored Professional Learning activities
Victoria will be in touch with those schools who expressed interest in a tailored professional learning activity early in Term 2.  Please send Victoria an email if you would like to discuss holding a PD day on campus or request a speaker to come to your school.
 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. 

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
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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
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.
 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
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.

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
More Parents Campus Visits
REMINDERS AND NOTICES
Reconciliation Week
Professional Learning 2012
Compass
University Information Night at Revesby Workers Club
New schools join the Compass program
Year 11 Scholarships and Careers
Sydney Ideas - The Global Food Security Challenge in the Coming Decades
Education Heresies Colloquium
Useful links
COMPASS
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UNIVERSITY INFORMATION NIGHT AT REVESBY WORKERS CLUB
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We are pleased to invite parents, students, and teachers from our Compass partner high schools to a University of Sydney Information Evening at Revesby Workers Club on May 9 from 6.30pm-8.30pm. This event is for Year 10 - 12 students - please spread the word to students and their parents!

This is a chance to hear information on going to uni and the University of Sydney, and features special guest Corey Payne of the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Future Direction Network.
Double passes to the NRL Grand Final, Bulldogs games, a signed Bulldogs jersey and clothing apparel from Oxygen will be given away as prizes on the night!
Registration is ESSENTIAL and places are limited, so get in quickly! 
Register via the Student Recruitment website here.
Members of the Compass of the team will be attending and we look forward to the chance to meet more of your students, parents, and teachers and let them know about the opportunities available to them. We look forward to seeing you there!

NEW SCHOOLS JOIN THE COMPASS PROGRAM
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We are thrilled to announce that we have five new schools partnering with Compass this year. They are:
  • Fairfield Public School
  • Villawood East Public School
  • Moorebank High School
  • Liverpool Girls High School
  • Liverpool Boys High School
We look forward to forging new relationships with these school communities. The addition of five new schools and the different interests, focus areas and perspectives they will bring will undoubtedly contribute to the further successful development of Compass.

Read the full story on our website: 
YEAR 11 SCHOLARSHIPS AND CAREERS
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We are now taking bookings for the Year 11 'Thinking Ahead" workshops for all high schools.  You can register via the online registration form on our website. The workshops comprise a scholarship information session (designed for Year 11 students who want to strengthening their candidacy by developing their personal attributes and school activities) followed by a careers workshop run by the University of Sydney Business School. 

We will deliver the workshop at Kogarah HS and Fairfield HS in June, and you can read our story about Condell Park HS's recent workshop on our website. 
SYDNEY IDEAS - THE GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGE IN THE COMING DECADES
Teachers of economics, science, and geography may be interested in this presentation from Professor Chris Barratt of Cornell University.
  • Date: Wednesday 16 May, 2012
  • Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney (Click here for venue information)
  • Cost: This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or booking required. Seating is unreserved and entry is on a first come, first served basis.
Previous events from the Sydney Ideas series can be viewed at the Sydney Ideas YouTube channel here.
EDUCATION HERESIES COLLOQUIUM
'Public Diversity, Private Disadvantage: schooling and ethnicity'. 
Associate Professor Carol Reid, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Where: Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building A35
Faculty of Education and Social Work
University of Sydney
When: 5–6pm on Thursday, May 10, 2012
A fternoon tea from 4.30pm in the Level 2 foyer
Cost: FREE
RSVP and enquiries: patrick.brownlee@sydney .edu.au


'Public Diversity, Private Disadvantage: schooling and ethnicity'. 
Associate Professor Carol Reid, Faculty of Education and Social Work

This presentation reports on a project that sought to understand the
impact on ethnically diverse schools in south-western
Sydney of the 2010 decision to extend compulsory schooling from 15 to 17. 
Findings suggest a profound impact on schools with high minority ethnic diversity, particularly in low socioeconomic contexts: 
  • any advantages gained by extending the years of schooling have been limited by other policies that encourage increasing public diversity (such as school choice) because the latter has exacerbated the private disadvantage of some ethnic groups in some schools 
  • particularly in schools working with students who are unwanted by other schools or whose parents are unable to excercise school choice due to income,language or minimal social capital. 
The presentation draws on the voices of principals, teachers, parents and students from high schools in south-western Sydney.


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