The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
18 JULY, 2012
Welcome to Term 3
We hope your school communities enjoyed a safe and happy term break. With the second half of the year promising to be as busy as the first, there's a couple of things we'd like to remind you of...

PRIMARY SCHOOLS:
3-Phase Programs: please register for a Science Unleashed or Nicholson Museum post-visit lesson by Friday 20 July (end of Week 1 of Term 3). 
See more information below or click here to register. 

HIGH SCHOOLS: 
2012 Science Teachers Workshop
The Faculty of Science is offering financial assistance to teachers who wish to attend these professional development courses in November. See Professional Development below for more. 

Open Day at the University of Sydney is Saturday 25 August.  Compass Coordinators received an email about free bus travel last term, but please see Reminders & Notices below for more information. 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Sir Joseph Banks HS
Wednesday 18 July Year 11 'Thinking Ahead' workshop 
Student ambassador presentation on scholarships at the University of Sydney & University of Sydney Business School workshop on careers.
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Wednesday 25 July Parent-Teacher night
Compass staff to attend
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Moorebank HS
Thursday 26 July
Official launch of Compass partnership with Moorebank HS 
Junior Assembly with Compass staff
 SECONDARY    |  
Kogarah HS
Friday 27 July Year 11 'Thinking Ahead' workshop 
Student ambassador presentation on scholarships at the University of Sydney & University of Sydney Business School workshop on careers.
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Wednesday 8 August Year 11 'Thinking Ahead' workshop 
Student ambassador presentation on scholarships at the University of Sydney & University of Sydney Business School workshop on careers.
 PRIMARY    |  
Science Unleashed
Tuesday 7 August - Thursday 9 August
The Australian Museum's Science Festival

See notice about Science Unleashed 3-Phase program registration below.
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY    |  
3 Phase Programs for Term 3 - REGISTER NOW
The popular 3 Phase Programs will be returning in Term 3 and will be available for Science Unleashed and Nicholson Museum activites. 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.
 PRIMARY    |  
Visiting the Nicholson Museum
As the Nicholson Museum is popular with schools in September and October, you may find it difficult to get the date you want.  

We would like to let you know that the following dates are available: 

August: 3,7,9,13,22,28,29
September: 12,13,19,20


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NRL provides free transport to Open Day
COMPASS in conjunction with the Future Direction Network (FDN)  is pleased to announce that the National Rugby League (NRL) will be supporting the transport of 300 students from the Western suburbs of Sydney to attend the University of Sydney Open Day on Saturday 25 August. The University of Sydney Open Day is a great opportunity for anyone who is thinking about university, to find out more information.  Future students can attend a mini-lecture, take a campus tour, try hands-on experiments and activities and get a real feel for on-campus life. Corey Payne, FDN chairman, said that the support from NRL allows the FDN to carry out its mission of informing, inspiring and educating more young students from Western Sydney about the importance of further education. 

Compass and FDN would like to thank NRL for their generous support in providing the buses for students and parents.

Please contact Sylvia Utami for more information on 8627 8505.
  • There is a maximum of 35 seats available for each school
  • Buses will be allocated by HUB and Compass will inform schools the allocated departure point and time closer to the date. 

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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
Late last term, 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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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
 SECONDARY    |  
Science Teachers Workshop, 5 - 9 November 2012
The Science Teachers’ Workshops are professional development courses offered across multiple disciplines (agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics) over a one-week period in November 2012.  The courses are suitable for high school science teachers of all levels. 

Click here to read more, download the program, and register.  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All Compass partner schools can use their Professional Development budget to pay the workshop fees. To help cover the cost of teacher relief, 
the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers’ Workshop 2012. 

Who can apply for financial assistance?
Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:
  • ·       Currently teaching in a NSW Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • ·       Currently teaching at HSC level in a relevant discipline e.g. sciences or agriculture
  • ·       Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Workshop in November 2012
  • ·       Applications close on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Please refer to the website form more information and application procedure. 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/teachers_workshop_financial_assistance.shtml

What is the Science Teachers’ Workshop?

The Science Teachers’ Workshops are professional development courses offered across multiple disciplines (agriculture, biology, chemistry and physics) over a one-week period in November 2012.  The courses are suitable for high school science teachers of all levels – whether you’re just starting out, teaching in a new area, or have years of experience – our program has something for you.

Click here to read more, download the program, and register.  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
All Compass partner schools can use their Professional Development budget to pay the workshop fees. To help cover the cost of teacher relief, 
the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney is delighted to be able to offer a limited amount of financial assistance to eligible teachers who wish to attend the Science Teachers’ Workshop 2012. 

Who can apply for financial assistance?
Teachers applying for financial assistance must be:
  • ·       Currently teaching in a NSW Low Socio-Economic Status (LSES) high school
  • ·       Currently teaching at HSC level in a relevant discipline e.g. sciences or agriculture
  • ·       Able to attend the Science Teacher’s Workshop in November 2012
  • ·       Applications close on Wednesday 15th August 2012
Please refer to the website form more information and application procedure. 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/teacher_resources/teachers_workshop_financial_assistance.shtml
 

 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
 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
Reminders & Notices
NEWS
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
Have you heard about the FDN?
Registrations for 'Two Days with Michael Ungar' now open
Useful links
COMPASS
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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE FDN?
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We are excited to be working with the Future Direction Network again for Open Day, and think that those of you who don't yet know about them, should!  

The Future Direction Network uses mentoring programs, career pathway planning and financial assistance to inform, educate and inspire youth from South West Sydney to attend university. One of the FDN's regular commitments is to bring as many students from the South West to university open days as possible, recognising that long travel times to unfamiliar surrounds can act as a deterrent to some students. 

Guest speakers, all of whom grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and have gone on to graduate from university and enjoy successful careers, tell their stories about the challenges they faced as students and the career path that they have engaged in.  Ambassadors for the FDN include founding director Corey Payne of the Canterbury Bulldogs, Federal Minister for Immigration & Citizenship Chris Bowen, and journalist and television personality Chris Bath

Two of our Compass schools, Fairfield HS and Westfield Sports HS, are fellow partners of the Future Direction Network. But as mentioned, the FDN and the NRL (National Rugby League) have generously provided buses for Open Day to help get your students and their families into the campus -- see Reminders & Notices -- and we thank them for their important support.
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. 
USEFUL LINKS
> Compass
> Social Inclusion Unit
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