The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
2 AUGUST, 2012
Week 3
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. 

The Compass Year 8 Experience Day is taking place on Wednesday 5 September.
Compass coordinators will receive the information and registration packs for the event via courier early next week.  Registration for the event will open on Tuesday 7 August, and close on Friday 17 August

We are currently finalising the workshops for the day, so will be able to confirm early next week how many students can attend from each school.

Finally, all the primary school students unleashing themselves at the Australian Museum next week - have fun!
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
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Promote Yourself: Year 12 scholarship application workshops
To give Year 12 students a competitive edge in their scholarship applications to university or TAFE. 
Bankstown Hub: 
Tuesday 31 July
3.30 - 5.30 pm

Liverpool Hub:
Thursday 2 August
4.00 - 6.00pm

Kogarah Hub

Wednesday 8 August
12.30 - 2.30 pm

Compass coordinators have received an email with more information. Please contact Victoria Loy with any queries.
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National Science Week videoconference event
8th August 2012 9.30-10.30am 
Celebrating National Science Week – The Sleek Geeks Go Regional
Videoconference for Years 7 - 10. See NEWS section below for details.
 PRIMARY    |  
Science Unleashed
Tuesday 7 August - Thursday 9 August
The Australian Museum Science Festival

Registered teachers should have received an information pack including an itinerary from the Australian Museum.  Please contact Geoff Gardner at the museum on 9320 6390 if you have not received the pack.
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Kogarah HS
Thursday 16 August Year 7 campus visit
 PRIMARY    |  
Revesby South PS
Thursday 16 August Nicholson Museum visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Condell Park HS
Thursday 22 August Year 7 campus visit
 SECONDARY    |  
Marrickville HS
Thursday 23 August Year 7 campus visit
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University of Sydney Open Day
On Saturday 25 August the University throws open its doors, inviting you to explore the campus, learn about the hundreds of courses on offer, and discover what life at Sydney is really like.

Download the program from the University website here.
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REMINDERS & NOTICES
 PRIMARY/SECONDARY    |  
The third Sydney University Professional Learning Partners meeting
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.

This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:

·         Amenah Mourad & Carolyn Delany Haberfield PS – Starting a conversation about literary texts

·         Dr Tony Loughland University of Sydney- Using annotated video analysis to assist reflection in the action learning process

And to discuss your involvement with the university in further developing mentoring in your school especially for preservice and early career teachers
Wednesday 22 August
5.00-7.00PM
Room 612
The Faculty of Education and Social Work
Wednesday 22 August

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

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.
This meeting will provide an opportunity to hear:
·         Amenah Mourad & Carolyn Delany Haberfield PS – Starting a conversation about literary texts

·         Dr Tony Loughland University of Sydney- Using annotated video analysis to assist reflection in the action learning process

And to discuss your involvement with the university in further developing mentoring in your school especially for preservice and early career teachers.
This year our meetings will be held once a term from 5.00-7.00 on Wednesday:
28 November (School Term 4 W8)
If you or any of your staff, who are involved in mentoring, would like to attend this meeting please RSVP by Friday 17 August for catering purposes, we hope to see you then.


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REGISTER NOW: NRL providing free transport to Open Day
Compass and the Future Direction Network (FDN) are 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.

Compass coordinators have received an email with more information, but please contact Sylvia Utami on 8627 8505 with any queries or to register students. 

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 PRIMARY, SECONDARY    |  
Evaluations for FP&E/Stop Motion
Please send your Term 2 evaluation forms for teachers and student by the end of the week. An email was sent at the end of Term 2 and the updated student evaluation was sent on 16 July. The evaluations will help us measure the outcomes and improve the delivery of the program. Thank you to the schools that have sent their evaluations.
Have you finished your movie? Are you planning to have a screening?

Every year we host the Compass showcase where we celebrate students' achievements and involvement with Compass program throughout the year. We will collect your movies for the showcase and where possible post your movie on our website.

Sylvia Utami will contact the school FP&E and Animation coordinator individually to collect the DVD. If possible, try to store your stop motion animation set and characters securely for an exhibition during the Compass showcase. We are all looking forward to seeing the movies!
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 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy student placements recommence
We would like to welcome the 4th year and Master of Occupational Therapy students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. They have started their Occupational Therapy placement this week at four of Compass' partner primary schools and will continue to work with the K-2 students for the next eight weeks.
In Term 3 the focus will be on small group treatment activities and developing materials to assist teachers in the classroom. So make sure that you keep an eye on Compass Directions for teachers' professional development sessions during the second half of the term!
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ICLS conference proceedings available online
Want to get the latest research on the future of the science of learning and instruction? 

The International Conference of the Learning Sciences took place between 2 - 6 July, 2012 in Sydney.  

Conference proceedings, including full papers, can be downloaded via the organisation's website here

Topics include: 
  • Understanding How Learners Grapple with Wicked Problems in Environmental Science
  • Improving Revision in Wiki-based Writing: Coordination Pays off
  • Scaffolding a Knowledge Community for High School Physics
  • Understanding Teachers' Cultural Models about Technology
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 SECONDARY    |  
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
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The Sleek Geeks bring Science Week to your classroom
Celebrating National Science Week – The Sleek Geeks Go Regional, 9.30-10.30am on 8th August 2012. 
Years 7 - 10

The Sleek Geeks are two of Australia's best loved science broadcasters, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer. They will be connecting to classrooms across NSW on 8th August 2012!  Regardless of whether you are in outback New South Wales or in the centre of Sydney, Adam Spencer and Dr Karl are coming live to your classroom to ask “How are you celebrating Science Week this year?”

For more details and to register your school online at http://dartconnections.org.au/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=205931 

This event is brought to you by the University of Sydney, NSW Trade and Investment, broadcast by DART Connections.

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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
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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.  

(As funding is limited, we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be successful). 

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
 

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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
E12 early offer scheme launched at the University of Sydney
Sydney Ideas - Putting the Arts at the Centre of Curriculum and Schooling
Useful links
COMPASS
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E12 EARLY OFFER SCHEME LAUNCHED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
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The University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.
The University of Sydney this week launched its new Early Offer Year 12 scheme (E12).

Designed to assist year 12 students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds the E12 scheme enables school principals to nominate up to 10 students they believe show the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney, for degrees covered by the scheme. The principals' recommendations are then considered by a select panel from the University, which may also interview applicants for some courses.

Students who are offered an early conditional offer under the scheme will have a place reserved just for them at the University of Sydney. Provided they meet the special ATAR cut-offs and subject bands for their preferred course, these students will then have their offer confirmed through UAC in the early January round.

"School students might not reach their desired final mark for a variety of reasons. The E12 scheme means that we can still recruit and support young people with the potential to succeed at the University and beyond," said University of Sydney Director of Social Inclusion Annette Cairnduff.

School principals have received a letter from the university and information for schools and parents about the scheme.
SYDNEY IDEAS - PUTTING THE ARTS AT THE CENTRE OF CURRICULUM AND SCHOOLING
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Thursday 9 August
4.15 - 5.45PM

In an information age dependent on innovation and a constantly changing body of knowledge, sidelining the Arts will not do. Arnold Aprill, the founder of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), will demonstrate what happens when the Arts assume their rightful place at the centre of 21st century education.

This presentation will include examples of effective practice and descriptions of educational policies that make these successful strategies possible.

Can't make the date? This and past Sydney Ideas lectures are available on the university website here.
In an information age dependent on innovation and a constantly changing body of knowledge, sidelining the Arts will not do. Arnold Aprill, the founder of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), will demonstrate what happens when the Arts assume their rightful place at the centre of 21st century education. 

This presentation will include examples of effective practice and descriptions of educational policies that make these successful strategies possible.

Can't make the date? This and past Sydney Ideas lectures are available on the university website here.

Date:
Thursday 9 August
Time: 4.15pm to 5.45pm
Venue: Law School LT, 104, Level 1 Law School Annex, 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.
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