The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
13 JUNE, 2012
Last Compass Directions for Term 2
Thank you for working with us to make a busy but successful Term 2.  Among the many activities so far, we've hosted more than 250 students and 11 teachers for the new Year 7 campus visits; visited 5 secondary schools to talk scholarships to over 100 students; and 16 volunteers have delivered lessons to 800 primary school students! 

All of this would not have been possible without the ongoing support and cooperation of Compass coordinators, classroom teachers, and principals.  We thank you for your hard work and commitment. 

Best wishes for a safe and happy term break, and we look forward to another fantastic term in July. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO TERM 3
A reminder to all principals -
please sign the back page of your partner agreement and return it to us by fax at 8627 8518.

Primary schools:
Visits to the Nicholson Museum & Science Unleashed take place in Term 3. See below for information about how & when to register your students. 

Secondary schools:
Can you host a scholarship writing workshop in your school? Read more about this activity for Year 12s below.

University of Sydney Open Day - Saturday 25 August. 

The Year 8 Experience Day takes place on Wednesday 5 September. Registration information will follow in Compass Directions.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 PARENTS    |  
Parents Campus Visit
Thursday 28 June All parents of students at Compass partner schools invited to campus for a guided tour and demonstrations by Faculties. 
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LOOKING FOR SCHOOLS TO HOST SCHOLARSHIP WRITING WORKSHOPS
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Can you host a scholarship writing workshop in your school?
Compass and partner schools have identified a need to better inform and support students in accessing scholarships. We not only want to encourage greater awareness among Year 12 students of the range and types of scholarships available, but also: 
  • demystify the application process, including how to apply for Equity scholarships via the UAC
  • support students in gathering evidence for the personal statement
  • support the writing of the personal statement that comprises part of many applications (to the University of Sydney and elsewhere).
While information is a vital first step, we know that the application process itself holds many challenges that we think we can help students with. Our aim is to offer a two-part workshop: 
  1. An in-school workshop of 1.5 – 2 hours.
  2. A 30-minute clinic at the University's Open Day on August 25 where students can discuss and review their their personal statements with a scholarship holder or Compass staff member. 
We are looking for schools interested in hosting a 'hub' workshop at their school.  Ideally, students from between 2 – 4 schools in a similar area will meet at one location for the workshop. Please see a list of our partner schools here to see who else is around you. 
Date: Term 3, Week 3 (30 July – 3 August)
Location: A library or large computer lab would be an ideal space.  
Time:  As the students' class time in Year 12 is so important, we suggest holding the session from 3.30 onwards. 
Please contact Victoria Loy via email or on 8627 8459 if you are willing to assist with this project.  
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
Primary Schools: Register now for Science Unleashed (formerly Science in the City)
*Primary schools only*
Registrations for Science Unleashed have opened. The registration process is managed by the Australian Museum; we strongly suggest that you register your school as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We have sent primary school Compass Coordinators an email with some guidelines to assist the registration process.  The text of the email is below:

Before you register:
  1. Divide your students into groups of between 10 – 30 and register each group separately
  2. Have the name of the accompanying teacher for each group ready to enter
  3. Work out a suitable program for your groups from the schedule available
  4. Allow travel time to and from the school and time for a lunch break
NOTE: Several activities require walking time from the Australian Museum; these are indicated on the schedule

To register:
  1. Go to http://scienceunleashed.net



Science Unleashed offers a number of different exhibits, workshops and hands-on activities, and the registration process allows schools to choose activities for students and create a custom schedule for your visit. The registration process is managed by the Australian Museum; we strongly suggest that you register your school as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Before you register:
  1. Divide your students into groups of between 10 – 30 and register each group separately
  2. Have the name of the accompanying teacher for each group ready to enter
  3. Work out a suitable program for your groups from the schedule available
  4. Allow travel time to and from the school and time for a lunch break
NOTE: Several activities require walking time from the Australian Museum; these are indicated on the schedule

To register:
  1. Go to http://scienceunleashed.net
  2. Click onLogin/Registeron the top right corner of the page
  3. If you already have a login from last year, enter your email address and password. Otherwise, you need to register your details prior to making your booking
  4. Select the day of your visit (e.g. Primary School Day 1 – 7 Aug 2012) and enter school contact details
Note: Compass will only pay for one day visit per school
  1. Select the activities that you are interested in for your group by clicking on the ‘Edit Itinerary’ button
Note: Your school will be divided into groups of 10-30 students and each group will have its own timetable for their excursion.

  1. Compass can pay for the day’s activities, up to $20 per student. Schools are welcome to add activities above the limit. However, the school will absorb the excess cost for the activities
  2. Follow the instructions on-screen to confirm your groups’ schedules
  3. Payment Information - please copy and paste the following details into the Additional Comments box to ensure Compass receives the invoice for your visit:
(Name of School) is a Compass Partnership school. The Compass program has an arrangement with our school to cover the costs of the workshops.

The Australian Museum will provide a confirmation and orientation material (museum maps, directions etc) prior to the excursion. Please contact the Museum on (02) 9320 6390 with any changes to or queries about your booking.  For any other queries, please contact Compass on (02) 86278515.
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 PRIMARY    |  
3 Phase Programs for Term 3
The popular 3 Phase Programs will be returning in Term 3 and will be available for Science Unleashed and Nicholson Museum excursions.  We are now accepting bookings for the post-visit lessons, which will be delivered in-school by Compass volunteers between Monday 13 August (Week 5 of Term 3) to Friday 7 September (Week 8 of Term 3).

If you would like to have a 3 Phase Program along with your Science Unleashed or Nicholson Museum excursion, please register for a post-visit lesson by Friday 20 July (end of Week 1 of Term 3) at http://sydney.edu.au/compass/teachers/activity/register.php.  

When registering, please provide a day and time for the post-visit lesson, and at least one alternative day/time, to assist us in booking Compass volunteers.  We will confirm the post-visit lesson time at least one week prior to the lesson. 

Please note that we are able to deliver the full 3 Phase Program to up to two classes in one cohort only per school.  Please ensure that the two classes are those which have not previously participated in the 3 Phase Program.  Naturally, other students from your school can still attend the activity itself!

Once you register for a post-visit lesson, you will receive the 3 Phase Program materials at your school early in Term 3.

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National Computer Science School Challenge
The NCSS Challenge is an online programming competition that teaches students how to program as they compete. Last year, over 2000 students participated from over 200 different schools.  As the Challenge is entirely web-based, many students in regional and remote Australia take part.

The competition runs from Monday 6th August, 2012 until Sunday 9th September, 2012. 

To register, please visit their website: http://ncss.edu.au/ Registration is open from now until August 12. 
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NEWS
 SECONDARY    |  
E12 Early Offer Scheme
Earlier this week, principals received an email with information about the University of Sydney's Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme. 

With E12 students could have an early conditional offer and a scholarship, as well as support to help with the transition to university study. Applications will open 1 August and close on 7 September 2012.

For more information, please ask your principal, or call 8627 8207.  You can register to receive email updates on this scheme here.
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 PRIMARY    |  
800 primary school students took part in a 3 Phase Program this term – a Compass record!
The Compass Volunteers
A total of 800 primary school students took part in a 3 Phase Program this term – a Compass record!  This would not have been possible without the dedicated Compass Classroom Activity Facilitators volunteers.  As one teacher said, the volunteers were “very motivating, informative and had the undivided attention of all the students”. Volunteers enjoyed answering the students’ many questions throughout the sessions, and found theirs to be a learning experience as well.
Performance Studies
Developed in conjunction with the Department of Performance Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, this 3-phase program teaches students about the collaborative work involved in a successful theatre production, asks them to reflect on their response to a particular play, and shows how higher education can lead to creative careers in the theatre. 

After students attended a performance of one of Bubblewrap and Boxes or Bindjareb Pinjarra at the University’s Seymour Centre, Compass volunteers visited the students to deliver post-lessons, focussing on creating a promotional poster for the play.  The students’ ability to analyse example posters, and then create their own in small groups, was very impressive!
We thank Janice Hinckfuss and Daniel Johnston from the Department of Performance Studies for their work in developing the program, and also the staff of Condell Park Public School, Yagoona Public School and Wattawa Heights Public School for their support in piloting the Performance Studies 3 Phase Program.


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Students need to be 'switched on' to maths, say researchers
A recently published research study by Faculty of Education and Social Work academics suggests that changing students' motivation around mathematics requires a 'multi-pronged' approach. The following story was published on the University's website and in the Science Alliance newsletter: 

"The precarious decline in children's participation in mathematics can only be reversed by tackling a complex mix of factors, including positive and negative attitudes of a student's parents, peers and teachers, new research has found.
"The precarious decline in children's participation in mathematics can only be reversed by tackling a complex mix of factors, including positive and negative attitudes of a student's parents, peers and teachers, new research has found.

The study, published in the International Journal of Educational Psychology, is the first to reveal that 'switching off' and 'switching on' to maths needs to be addressed in different ways.

"A two-pronged approach is essential. Not only is it crucial to stop students disengaging, but it is also necessary to take deliberate actions to 'kick start' their engagement in mathematics," chief investigatorAssociate Professor Janette Bobis said.

The study was prompted by ongoing concerns about school and post-school participation in mathematics. In 2010, a panel of the nation's top mathematicians described maths participation as being at 'dangerously low levels'.

"'Switching off' from mathematics is a significant factor in the declining trend in the mathematical performance of children in Years 6 to 8," said Associate Professor Bobis. "Previously, experts have just focused on either switching off or switching on, or have assumed both are the same."

Along with co-researchers Professor Andrew MartinAssociate Professor Judy Anderson and Dr Jenni Way, Associate Professor Bobis investigated the motivations and behavior of 1601 students in Years 6 to 8 from 200 classrooms in 44 Australian schools.

At home, parents' interests in mathematics and in helping their children with mathematics were major factors affecting middle year students' engagement and disengagement.

According to Associate Professor Bobis: "Parents can have a really positive role to play - including stressing positive attitudes to mathematics and building up their child's self belief.

"But almost all major contexts in a student's life were found to affect their engagement and disengagement: home, school, class. Other factors relate to a student's personal attributes, such as their confidence to do mathematics, the value they placed on the subject, their enjoyment level and, in the case of switching off mathematics, their anxiety level."

In the classroom, overall classroom climate was a major influencing factor that impacted strongly on individual students.

"If a school is going to do something to improve mathematics competencies they need to come from two or three angles to enhance the children's self-belief and promote their positive engagement with mathematics. But they also need to develop strategies to reduce the negative attitudes to maths, such as anxiety and negative parental attitudes to maths."

Because various contexts impact in distinct ways, parents, teachers and the students themselves have unique roles and responsibilities in terms of increasing engagement in mathematics and addressing disengagement.

While the study involved Australian students, the implications have enormous international significance for reducing student disengagement in mathematics and promoting more positive intentions for students' involvement in mathematics at school and beyond.

The study is part of an innovative ARC Linkage research project and ongoing partnership between the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Catholic Education Office, Sydney."

Source: http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=9065

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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Tailored Professional Learning activities
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 on your chosen topic. 
 SECONDARY    |  
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
Click here to register or visit the University website for more information.

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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 SECONDARY    |  
Culturally Diverse Music Programs
The Music Educators’ Series
AT THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 
Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan
  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

Culturally Diverse Music Programs

Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan

  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

In this workshop examples of culturally inclusive extra-curricular program models that have been successfully implemented within schools will be given and examined. Practical activities will focus on building participants’ confidence in successfully integrating repertoire from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds with appropriate pedagogical strategies, to result in authentic, high-quality performances.

Cost: $60 Early Bird Rate (for enrolments prior to 26 October) 

$80 (for enrolments after 26 October)

Enrolments available until 8 November or until all places filled. Morning tea is included.

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
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
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.
 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’

*REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN* 
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
Looking for schools to host scholarship writing workshops
Reminders & Notices
NEWS
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Registrations for 'Two Days with Michael Ungar' now open
New 3-Phase program pilot completed
LEGOSSEUM!
Useful links
COMPASS
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REGISTRATIONS FOR 'TWO DAYS WITH MICHAEL UNGAR' NOW OPEN
We have had several enquiries about this two-day professional learning workshop - registrations are now open here

Two Days with Michael Ungar
Playing at Being Bad: Nurturing the Hidden Resilience of Troubled Children and Youth Across Cultures and Contexts
If you wish use your Professional Learning budget to cover the registration fee, please email Victoria Loy with the number of teachers you are sending. 
NEW 3-PHASE PROGRAM PILOT COMPLETED
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Students from Yagoona PS with their winning posters. See the article in the News section for details of the new 3-Phase program.
LEGOSSEUM!
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School Holiday Activities
On 1 July, the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum will be unveiling its scale-model of the Colosseum - made entirely of Lego!  

The model will be the centrepiece of an exhibition about Rome's largest surviving building from the great days of its Empire. The exhibition will also include sculpture and coins of the Emperors, as well as artefacts used in daily life by the ordinary Roman who enjoyed 100 days of holiday and games when the original Colosseum opened in 80 AD.

An exciting array of activities will be happening in and around the Nicholson Museum; with the opportunity to handle real artifacts, watch mock Gladiatorial fights and a Carillon performance at 2pm.

Food can purchased on the day from the Sydney University Greek Society (SUGS). 

Event details
When:10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact:Museum Reception
T + 61 2 9351 2812
nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au

EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES:
(the Legosseum will remain in the museum during the school holidays, July 2 - 13). 

Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm
The First Saturday of Every Month 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays.
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