The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
8 MAY, 2012
Leftovers from our first big event
We have some lost property from the Year 3 Introduction to University Campus visit on Wednesday 2 May. If any teachers or students have lost a school hat, drink bottle, or an item of clothing, please contact Compass Administration or call 8627 8515.

The day's events ran smoothly and we thank you for your support. In particular, we appreciate the organizational work of the Compass Coordinators, and the energy and curiosity of the supportive classroom teachers who attended. Every student and staff member played a part in the day's success, and we hope that your students enjoyed the activities as much as we did. Please see the story in this edition of Compass Directions and on the Compass website for more details. 

**Reminder - Information Night at Revesby Workers Club tonight**
Join more than 600 already attending!
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 TEACHER    |  
Westfields Sports HS
Wednesday 9 May Staff meeting attended by Compass team.
 PRIMARY    |  
Year 3 Introduction to University post-visit lessons
Wednesday 9 May
Picnic Point PS
11.30 AM - 12.30 PM

Thursday 10 May
Revesby South PS
10.15 AM - 11.15 AM

Panania PS
12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Friday 11 May
Wattawa Heights PS
10.00 AM - 11.00 AM

Tuesday 15 May
Condell Park PS
11.20 AM - 12.20 PM
 PARENT    |  
Information Night TONIGHT!
Wednesday 9 May
6.30 PM - 8.30 PM

See last week's Compass Directions if you missed this news!
 SECONDARY    |  
Goal Setting and Leadership program campus visits
Wednesday May 9
Sir Joseph Banks HS
Thursday May 10 
Condell Park HS

Students participating in this pilot program visit the campus for their initial meetings to launch their leadership projects.  Three subsequent sessions in school will follow. 

Friday 11 May
Westfields Sports HS
Initial goal setting workshop for participating students.
 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    |  
Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion in Term 2
Sir Joseph Banks HS
Monday 21 May
12.00PM - 3.00PM
 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. You can also see the invitation on our website.

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

High School Compass Coordinators have received information on the Indigenous Students' Experience Day for Year 7 and 8 students. Invitations for parents to attend the day were also included.
Registrations for this event are now open. Please distribute the information to your Year 7 & 8 Indigenous students as soon as possible, or pass them on to the relevant person within your school to do so. You can also access the invitations on our website.

If you have any queries regarding the program or registration information please do not hesitate to contact our Event Manager Simone Ross on 8627 8456 or simone.ross@sydney.edu.au

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring we reach as many Year 7 & 8 Indigenous students as we can this year, for what will be a very informative, interesting, and fun day!

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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
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    |  
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 current offerings, contact the Manager of Education Programs on 9036 5409, or book online using the Compass online registration form. 


High school education program

Primary school teachers, please see the education program or various tour options to see how these programs can fit into upcoming curriculum. Compass has a three-phase program to support the Year Five students' visit. 


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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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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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.
 PRIMARY    |  
Early-Career Teacher Half-Day Conference
Saturday 16 June 2012 | 10am–1.30pm | Homebush West Public School, Exeter Rd, Homebush West

Presented by the Office of Professional Learning in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.
This half-day conference will provide participants with opportunities to connect with other early-career graduates of primary school teaching. A range of workshops will be provided, including:
  • authentic assessment

  • visual literacy

  • working with parents

  • accreditation.
Cost: $75 per person (brunch and GST inclusive)
Saturday 16 June 2012 | 10am–1.30pm | Homebush West Public School, Exeter Rd, Homebush West
Presented by the Office of Professional Learning in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.
This half-day conference will provide participants with opportunities to connect with other early-career graduates. A range of workshops will be provided, including:
  • authentic assessment

  • visual literacy

  • working with parents

  • accreditation.

Speakers will include Professor Robyn Ewing, Associate Professor Alyson Simpson, Dr Jon CallowKathy RushtonKate Smyth, Associate Professor Janette Bobis, Dr Jennifer Way and Bill Spence.

One-hour workshops
Participants will undertake two one-hour workshops from a range of topics. Options include:
  • Supporting reluctant writers – Bill Spence – in any class there are always some students who need extra support with writing, whether for ideas to write about or just motivation to write. This workshop will look at practical ideas for supporting reluctant writers through innovating on existing texts and using paper engineering strategies for publishing student work.

  • Switching kids on to mathematics – Associate Professor Janette Bobis and/or Dr Jennifer Way – this workshop is designed to deepen teachers' understanding of what motivates and engages students in mathematics. It will explore aspects of students' behaviour, thoughts and emotions that can be harnessed to address disengagement and promote intention to learn mathematics.

  • Teaching talking and listening – Kathy Rushton – we talk every day with students, but planning and programming for the explicit teaching of talking and listening can be challenging. In this workshop we will look at strategies for developing talking and listening K–6 and how to program for talking and listening across the Key Learning Areas.

  • "I see it now": pedagogy and visual literacy revisited – Dr Jon Callow – looking at a selection of visual texts (work done by children, as well as published texts), this workshop will revisit key ideas related to visual texts and viewing, including assessment and how to plan engaging lessons.

 TEACHERS    |  
Expressions of Interest - proposed workshop in September 2012
'How to Boost Student Motivation, Engagement, and Academic Buoyancy'
This presentation details a recently developed model of motivation and engagement – the Motivation and Engagement Wheel and its relevance to students, teachers, counsellors and psychologists. Professor Martin presents a new framework – ‘connective instruction’ – as a means of harnessing the power of relationships in the motivation and engagement of students.

 Andrew Martin is a Registered Educational and Child Psychologist and Professor ( University of Sydney) specialising in student motivation, engagement and achievement. His latest book, “Building Classroom Success, Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure” (Continuum) was published in early 2010.

Proposed date: September 2012

To register your interest in attending this workshop, or for more information, contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
This presentation details a recently developed model of motivation and engagement – the Motivation and Engagement Wheel and its relevance to students, teachers, counsellors and psychologists. The presentation then proposes that the well-rounded student is one who is not only motivated and engaged but is able to bounce back when the going gets tough. Given this, the concept of academic buoyancyis introduced and the key parts of the Wheel predicting students’ ability to bounce back are presented. Underachievement, disengagement and behaviour are also examined and Professor Martin identifies some of the key issues that have become central to improving the outcomes of underachievers with particular focus on ways to maximise academic success and emphasise personal bests (PBs). Professor Martin concludes by presenting a new framework – ‘connective instruction’ – as a means of harnessing the power of relationships in the motivation and engagement of students.

Andrew Martin is a Registered Educational and Child Psychologist and Professor ( University of Sydney) specialising in student motivation, engagement and achievement. His books, "How to Motivate Your Child For School and Beyond" (Bantam) and “How to Help Your Child Fly Through Life: The 20 Big Issues” (Bantam) are published in five languages and have been enthusiastically received by schools and parents across Australia and beyond. His latest book, “Building Classroom Success, Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure” (Continuum) was published in early 2010.

 

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 SECONDARY    |  
Music Educators Workshops
The Conservatorium Open Academy will host a series of workshops for secondary school music teachers. Covering practical aspects of music education as well as up-to-date information on teaching philosophies, Music Educators' Workshops will be informative and fun.

Click here to see the brochure, or for more information please call the Con on 9351 1240.

To register as a Compass Professional Learning activity, please use the Compass online registration form
 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Professional Learning Partners meeting
The second Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting for this year will be held: 
Wednesday 30 May
5.00-7.00PM
Room 612

The Faculty of Education and Social Work
Building A35
Manning Road, University of Sydney
(nearest entrance Ross St., Glebe gate – Parking flat rate $6.00)
Map

·         Susan Wyatt, Principal; Colette Longley & Jessica Melkman Mosman HS

What kind of wild thing are you? Project based cross curricula learning in Year 7.

·         Matthew Jones Wiley Park PS Introducing technology to the Kindergarten classroom.

·         Vilma Galstaun University of Sydney

Using Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) to inform curriculum redesign in preservice teacher education courses

Any school staff who are involved in mentoring are warmly invited. Please RSVP by Friday 25 May for catering purposes to Kathy Rushton at the Faculty of Education and Social Work. 

The second Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting for this year will be held: 
Wednesday 30 May
5.00-7.00PM
Room 612

These meetings have been held, with interested schools, once a term since 2008. We have been developing a professional dialogue about issues related to mentoring including responses to the NSW Institute of Teachers’ guidelines and your involvement with the university in further developing mentoring in your school especially for preservice and early career teachers.

This meeting 30 May (School Term 2 W6) will provide an opportunity to hear:
·         Susan Wyatt, Principal; Colette Longley & Jessica Melkman Mosman HS

What kind of wild thing are you? Project based cross curricula learning in Year 7.

·         Matthew Jones Wiley Park PS Introducing technology to the Kindergarten classroom.

·         Vilma Galstaun University of Sydney

Using Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) to inform curriculum redesign in preservice teacher education courses

This year our meetings will be held once a term from 5.00-7.00 on Wednesday:

22 August (School Term 3 W6)

28 November (School Term 4 W8)

 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Conversations about literary texts – module 1
Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
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
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Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1
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.
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Children's literature
 TERM 2
Children's Literature Module 1
 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

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’

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
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Year 3 Introduction to University Day - Thank you
New schools join the Compass program
Sydney Ideas - The Global Food Security Challenge in the Coming Decades
Education Heresies Colloquium
Useful links
COMPASS
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YEAR 3 INTRODUCTION TO UNIVERSITY DAY - THANK YOU
This year Compass welcomed new partners Villawood East PS and Fairfield PS to the almost 700 curious, smiling, energetic Year 3 students from its 13 partner primary schools who spent the day touring, talking, and testing in the first of many experiences at the University.

Read the story on our website and see the photos here.

Congratulations and thanks to all the staff, students, and volunteers who hosted activities and supported the day.
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: 
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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