COMPASS DIRECTIONS
25 MARCH 2016
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WHAT'S NEWS?
Compass is gearing up for an intensive week in Central West NSW to deliver two flagship pre-tertiary programs for students in Year 10 and 11 at Dubbo College during Week 11.

After a quick 2.5 hour drive up the Newell Highway, we will be doing it all again at Forbes High School.

Kicking off with a Thinking Ahead workshop at Dubbo Senior College, Year 11 students and Year 12 students through the Transition to Uni program will learn about scholarships, how they work, and the types of extracurricular activities that assist in developing the kinds of leadership skills that boost scholarship applications.
Compass is gearing up for an intensive week in Central West NSW to deliver two flagship pre-tertiary programs for students in Year 10 and 11 at Dubbo College during Week 11.

After a quick 2.5 hour drive up the Newell Highway, we will be doing it all again at Forbes High School.

Kicking off with a Thinking Ahead workshop at Dubbo Senior College, Year 11 students and Year 12 students through the Transition to Uni program will learn about scholarships, how they work, and the types of extracurricular activities that assist in developing the kinds of leadership skills that boost scholarship applications.

Year 10 students at both Delroy and South campuses of Dubbo College will be participating in our Preparation for Senior Study workshops that focus on general study skills, English study and exam preparation skills and managing stress in senior high school.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with HeadSpace Dubbo to help students with some stress-busting techniques as they approach senior high school.
HIGH SCHOOLS
YEAR 11 | THINKING AHEAD | April & May
A general introduction to university scholarships which encourages students to consider and articulate leadership skills and qualities relevant to scholarship applications.

The following schools have upcoming workshops:
  • Moorebank High School        Tuesday 5 April
  • Rooty Hill High School          Tuesday 3 May
Amy Bywater | amy.bywater@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8533

YEAR 10 | PREPARATION FOR SENIOR STUDY | April  
A combination of Mathematics, English and study skills workshops -  delivered by University academics and Compass staff - designed to increase students' preparedness for the HSC and university.

The following schools are registered to attend on Friday 8 April:
  • Chester Hill High School
  • Auburn Girls High School    

Amy Bywater | amy.bywater@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8533


YEAR 8 & 9 | iSCIENCE| 4 & 18 May and 1 & 8 June
The Faculty of Education & Social Work has once again teamed with Compass to run iScience, an inquiry-based science program that brings academics, undergraduate students, teachers, and high school students together across four days.  

The following schools are registered to attend iScience:

  • Condell Park High School
  • Moorebank High School
  • Cranebrook High School
  • Holroyd High School 
  • Kogarah High School
  • Liverpool Girls High School
Victoria Loy | victoria.loy@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8527

YEAR 11 & 12 | HSC SHAKESPEARE SYMPOSIUMS |
As a part of the Seymour Centre's HSC Shakespeare Symposium students watch scenes from Shakespeare's plays interspersed with expert commentary in a complete, hands-on experience that combines live performance with critical analysis.

THE TEMPEST | 20 MAY
-    Cranebrook High School
-    Chester Hill High School

JULIUS CAESAR | 17 June

-    Canterbury Boys High

Teachers and students who've attended symposiums so far praised the workshops for their value as HSC preparation: 

-    "A wonderful opportunity for the students to engage with elements of the text as performance. Students took notes to enhance their understanding of the concepts presented [as part of their HSC preparation].

-    "[The actors] were just so passionate, it was hard not to be totally drawn in.  I remember more when I'm drawn in like that." 

-    "A new perspective has furthered my knowledge of the play, which will increase the depth of my essays."

Victoria Loy | victoria.loy@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8527

YEAR 8 & 9 | ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENTS EXPLORE UNI| 1 June
REGISTER YOUR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST to attend a whole day on campus to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students identify their interests and link these with higher education opportunities and potential careers.   

Faculties offer a range of hands-on activities for visiting students and share information about options in higher education.

Josie Wilson | josephine.wilson@sydney.edu.au| 8627 8456

YEAR 8 | INVESTIG8 UNI | 9 June
SAVE THE DATE for this whole day campus experience which offers  students the opportunity to explore their individual interests in two self-selected workshops.    

Faculties offer a range of hands-on activities for visiting students and help students identify links between their interest, higher education and career options.

Josie Wilson | josephine.wilson@sydney.edu.au| 8627 8456

PRIMARY SCHOOLS
YEAR 3-6  | FILM BLITZ | Fairfield Public School | 31 March
Students at Fairfield Public School have completed their storyboarding, character development and filming of their Dreamtime story, now they are ready for post-production.  We look forward to seeing the completed animation at Showcase this year!

YEAR K-2| LITTLE HANDS & mOTor SKILLS |
Little Hands and mOTor skills program are in full swing this month. With the focus of improving students’ fine and gross motor skills, teachers and parents had the opportunity to participate in professional learning sessions to develop better understanding of the strategies in supporting children classroom learning. Both programs will be delivered in Term 2 and Term 3 in Sydney and Dubbo.

YEAR 6 | DISCOVER UNI | 7 September
SAVE THE DATE for this whole day campus visit for students and their parents.  Eligible schools have been notified with relevant details. 

Sylvia Utami | sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8505
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
NUMERACY TUTORING | 29 April
The Numeracy Tutoring Program engages volunteers from the University of Sydney community to deliver the Elementary Math Mastery (EMM) or Junior Elementary Math Mastery (JEMM) program at selected Compass partner schools.

Compass has organised a half-day professional learning workshop exclusively for teachers from Compass partner schools. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Rhonda Farkota, the creator and author of the EMM and JEMM programs.
 
Time:
8.30am – 1.00pm
Location:
The University of Sydney

Oliver Best | o.best@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8516

MADMAKER| HIGH SCHOOL | 6 JUNE

Compass is offering a free BOSTES-accredited professional learning workshop introducing teachers to programming using  the Arduino platform.

Date:  Monday 6 June
Time:  4.00pm – 6.00pm
Location: The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

Who: Teachers of mathematics, science, engineering, or technology

REGISTER BY Friday 27 May

Places are strictly limited and are only available to teachers at Compass partner high schools. 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PARTNERS MEETING | 2 JUNE
Join us for presentations by:

Dr Remy Low – University of Sydney
Worlds of Difference: Cultural Competence in Education

The notion of “cultural competence” has become a focus of policy at all levels of education in the context of student (and staff) diversity. In this workshop, we will explore the concept of cultural competence and experiment with a practical approach to working with difference.

Bronwyn Owen, Kate Moi & Amenah Mourad - Marie Bashir Public School

Can intellectual quality be demonstrated by embedding a 'high academic expectations' framework in each lesson, and can this result in improved student outcomes for writing?

Teachers use action research to explore whether self-efficacy, an explicit writing framework and reflective teaching practices improve student writing performance.

TIME:  5pm to 7pm
LOCATION:  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)

RSVP:  Kate Rushton PhD




VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

COMPASS VOLUNTEERS - TRAINING

Interviews are now complete and over 120 students have been offered a position as a Compass volunteer. 
 
Training will commence on 16 April and covers a range of skills and information including cultural competence, working with children and group facilitation skills.

Volunteers are trained in one of four programs: Word Up, Little Hands, Numeracy Tutoring and/or Homework Club.

Oliver Best | o.best@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8516

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BELVOIR ST THEATRE

Priority Schools can apply to bring their students to Belvoir productions free of charge.  Belvoir is able to offer students and teachers from Priority Schools the opportunity to attend our schools performances free of charge. 

Performances are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills, NSW.

Victoria Loy| victoria.loy@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8527



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