The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
7 JUNE, 2012
Parents newsletter arrives this week
Our quarterly newsletter for parents will be arriving in your school this week, so please make sure that interested parents receive a copy.  We've also sent the revised invitations for the next parents campus visit on 28 June.  Wondering who to invite?  The parents of students who've recently visited the campus for study skills, a theatre production, or Kickstart, or who've had Compass volunteers at the school might be keen to know more about who we are and what we do.  

Are some of your parents wondering about the Compass campus visits?  This new video might help them get a better idea of what the day holds. 

*A GENTLE REMINDER*
Please pass on the new logo and Compass website link to your website administrator so that both can be displayed on your school website. The logo was emailed to principals and coordinators on 30 April, but please contact Sophie Partridge if you require another .jpg or link. 

Thank you to those schools who have already responded. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
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Year Ten Information Evening: Register to receive a podcast
Registrations have closed for on-campus sessions of the University's Year Ten Information Evening, and both sessions are full. 

However, you can register to receive a podcast of the session once it is available: register here
Registrations have closed for on-campus sessions of the University's Year Ten Information Evening, and both sessions are full. 

However, you can register to receive a podcast of the session once it is available: register here

Future Students' annual information evenings are designed to help year 10 students and their parents choose subjects for the HSC and navigate through the process of applying to uni. 

Topics include:
  • ATAR, scaling and assumed knowledge
  • subject selections
  • career pathways
  • university transition
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Fairfield HS
Tuesday 5 June Fairfield HS 
Year 11 'Thinking Ahead' workshop
Student ambassador presentation on scholarships at the University of Sydney & University of Sydney Business School workshop on careers.
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Bass HS
Thursday 7 June Year 7 campus visit
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Condell Park HS
Thursday 7 June Year 8 Goal Setting workshop
 PRIMARY    |  
Wattawa Heights PS
Friday 8 June Seymour Centre Phase 3 lesson
Facilitated by Compass staff & volunteers
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Fairfield HS
Friday 15 June Year 10 Study Skills workshops
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Liverpool Boys HS
Thursday 21 June Year 7 campus visit
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Sir Joseph Banks HS
Friday 22 June Year 10 Study Skills workshops
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Liverpool Boys HS
Tuesday 26 June Year Ten Study Skills workshops
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NEWS
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Compass partner schools collaborate with Conservatorium
Marrickville West PS and Bexley PS were amont the schools participating in the University's Music Education Project, which aims to expose students from disadvantaged and low SES backgrounds to university life so that they might start considering tertiary studies.

The principal of Bexley Public School, John Daniels, said although students at his school have already been exposed to the University of Sydney through the university's Compass program, this was another fantastic way to be involved with the Conservatorium.

"The students got to see what a different part of university life was like, and they really enjoyed all aspects of the performances. The students from the Con brought out the best in our students - I could really see the improvement in the students," he said.

Read the full story on the University's website.
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 TEACHERS, SECONDARY, PARENTS    |  
Scholarships
Did you know the University of Sydney awards $65 million in scholarships annually? 

The University of Sydney's Scholarships Office will be holding a Scholarships Information Evening on campus on Tuesday 19 June. This is an opportunity for Year 11 & 12 students and their parents to hear more about crafting a competitive application.  As with the recent Year Ten event, the University is offering podcast access to those parents and students who can't come in to campus. 

As you know, Compass is offering scholarships workshops for Year 11 students in 2012.  Our Year 12 application writing workshops will take place in August, with emails going out to Compass Coordinators next week. 

See below for information on podcasting:
Many of our high schools have already or will soon be having their new Year 11 Scholarships workshops for 2012.  In these sessions, students are informed about scholarshiop opportunities in higher education and reminded of the importance of preparing for the application process and focusing on their personal development. 

The University of Sydney's Scholarships Office will be holding a Scholarships Information Evening on campus on Tuesday 19 June. This is an opportunity for Year 11 & 12 students and their parents to hear more about how to create a competitive application.  As with the recent Year Ten event, the University is offering podcast access to those parents and students who can't come in to campus. 

See below for information on podcasting:You should be able to play your podcast on any mp3 player or computer that has iTunes or another mp3 player installed.  You will receive an email giving you access via link to the mp3 once you register. 

For parents, students, and teachers who are less familiar with podcasting, this YouTube video on Podcasting in Plain English might be a useful introduction. 


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Occupational Therapy resources coming soon
Over time, Compass staff and students in the Occupational Therapy program have developed fantastic fact sheets for teachers and parents. With this extensive library of useful resources, Compass is launching an Occupational Therapy fact sheet series, available for all schools and all parents to use. Schools will be encouraged to download and distribute to teachers, place in the staff room, insert into parents' newsletters, or distribute at parents' night for parents to take home. The OT fact sheets will be posted on Compass website regularly - watch this space!

Click here for the full story on our website.
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'Hamlet' at the Seymour Centre
"Damien Ryan brings his 15 years of acclaimed experience with this great story to an inspiring and passionate new 100-minute production, exploring loyalty and faithlessness, madness and freedom, and the debts boys owe to their fathers, in a clear, insightful, and thrillingly imaginative Hamlet."

Dates: 15 - 29 June


Compass can contribute $300 per school towards the cost of tickets.  Schools should organize their own transport and book with the Seymour Centre directly.
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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 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.
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Mathematics and Science - Teacher Creativity workshop
This workshop on Teacher Creativity at the Intersection of Cognition, Content and Interactive Digital Media will be held on Monday July 2nd at the University of Sydney. It will provide hands-on instruction in the creation of interactive digital media. The workshop will provide software and tablet computers and furnish instruction in producing videos for use in classrooms.

Who should participate?
  • Teachers and students new to authoring instructional media who are interested in learning how to make instructional videos to help convey mathematics and science ideas to their students.
  • Teachers and students experienced in authoring instructional videos who are interested in sharing videos that they have created.
  • Educators interested in discussing how professional roles can change in an era of user-generated content
Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IISMI-Pepperdine-Lesotho-July2012 

This workshop on Teacher Creativity at the Intersection of Cognition, Content and Interactive Digital Media will be held on Monday July 2nd at the University of Sydney. It will provide hands-on instruction in the creation of interactive digital media. The workshop will provide software and tablet computers and furnish instruction in producing videos for use in classrooms. It will explore potential long-term media collaborations between teachers and students in Australia, Africa and the USA.

Depending on interests, additional instructional workshops may be held at individual schools during the week of 3 July. Secondary school students, with parent permission, are welcome both on 2 July and at any workshops later in the week at their own schools.

Equipment will be furnished for the workshop; teachers bringing laptop computers will be furnished with professional video editing software for use during and after the workshop. There is no cost for participating.


This is the first part of a two-part workshop. You do not need to attend both sessions. The first session, on Monday afternoon, July 2, will involve a hands-on process of engaging student-teacher teams in the creation of interactive digital media. The workshop will provide software and tablet computers and furnish instruction in producing videos for use in classrooms.

High school student-teacher teams and other practitioners, especially from Sydney area schools are invited without cost to this portion of the workshop. ICLS researchers are welcome to register, observe and/or to participate in this portion of the workshop.

The second session, which builds on this first part, is an official part of theICLS program, and those attending must also register for the conference and pay a fee. (The first 8 people to register will recieve free places, please contact coco@sydney.edu.au for more details.) Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm Location: Room 230, Education Building A35
Cost: Free
Contact: Eric Hamilton
Email: eric.hamilton@pepperdine.edu
More info: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IISMI-Pepperdine-Lesotho-July2012 
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 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.

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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.
 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
NEWS
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Indigenous high school students get the university experience
'How to Boost Student Motivation, Engagement, and Academic Buoyancy'
New videos on Compass website
Useful links
COMPASS
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INDIGENOUS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GET THE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE
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Students from Compass partner schools were among the more than 200 who visited the campus last week for an experience day and flag-raising event as part of Reconciliation Week.  Students had the chance to take part in hands-on tutorials, presentations and tours of the campus, as well as meeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students currently studying at the University. 

Read the full story on our website.
'HOW TO BOOST STUDENT MOTIVATION, ENGAGEMENT, AND ACADEMIC BUOYANCY'
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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.

To register your interest in attending this workshop, or for more information, contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
NEW VIDEOS ON COMPASS WEBSITE
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Would your students like to see themselves in our Year 3 Day video? Click here to see the video on the University of Sydney's YouTube channel. 

Visit our website for other new videos produced by Compass partner filmmaker Jack McGrath and Conceptavision:
  • 2012 Parents Campus Visit
  • 2012 Fairfield HS Year 7 Campus Visit
  • 2012 Year 3 Introduction to University time lapse scenes
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> Social Inclusion Unit
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