COMPASS DIRECTIONS
8 APRIL 2016
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WHO WAS GETTING 'UNSTUCK' IN MARCH?
YourTutor assisted your students to 'get unstuck' 560 times in March 2016, exceeding expectations for the second month running.  

Study and assignments weren't being avoided after school, as students accessed the service the most between 7.30 and 8.30pm.
  • Year 12s were the leading group last month, but in March, Year 11s have stepped up and taken over as the biggest users of YourTutor!
  • Maths assistance and essay reviews were their top picks. 
  • Year 8 students remain the hardest to engage so far...there's a challenge for the Year 8 Advisers!
We want to give a special shout out to Bass High School, Gilgandra High School, and Liverpool Girls High School, who have increased their numbers for the second month in a row. 

And what did students have to say? 

Very motivational and exceptional advice! I'm so going to smash these exams!

Absolutely amazing, especially since she/he knew the texts that I was using.

She was really good, although it took a while it was definitely worth it.

All students at Compass partner schools have access to a free account courtesy of the University of Sydney.  To register, students go to astar.tv/yourtutor and create an account.
HIGH SCHOOLS
YEAR 11 | THINKING AHEAD | 3 & 9 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:

-  Rooty Hill High School         
-  Moorefield Girls High School 
-  Liverpool 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 will once again team 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 8 & 9 | EXPERIENCE UNI | 1 June
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.

Registrations close 13 May.
Josie Wilson | compass.events@sydney.edu.au| 8627 8528

YEAR 8 | INVESTIG8 UNI | 9 June
A 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.

Rgistrations close 19 May.
Dorothy Tran | compass.events@sydney.edu.au| 8627 8528

YEARS 10-12 | B.INSPIRING | STEM & Leadership Conference | 29 June
This three-day conference will introduce students to fundamental Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts, and explore the various ways these are used in the real world.

Compass can cover the cost of registration ($30 per student) for up to 5 students from our partner schools.

YEARS 10-12 | B.INSPIRING | STEM & Leadership Conference | 29 June
This three-day conference will introduce students to fundamental Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts, and explore the various ways these are used in the real world.

Compass can cover the cost of registration ($30 per student) for up to 5 students from our partner schools.

Students will participate in engaging and insightful workshops that will not only inform them about trending topics in the STEM industry, but also allow them to strengthen their problem-solving and communication abilities.  

Working with university student mentors and industry guests, the students will pitch their solutions to a real-life challenge in a collaborative culminating activity.  

REGISTER YOUR STUDENTS by Friday 6 May

Nivedha Krishna | schools@binspiring.org | 0435 517 364

PRIMARY SCHOOLS
YEAR K-2 | mOTor SKILLS | 9 May to 13 June
Six occupational therapy students from the University's Faculty of Health Sciences will provide practical support to Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students and their teachers as part of their clinical placement at the following regional schools:

-  Buninyong Public School
-  Dubbo West Public School
-  Dubbo North Public School

Eight occupational therapy students from the University's Faculty of Health Sciences will undertake their clinical placement at the following metropolitan schools:

-  Blackett Public School
-  Rooty Hill Public School
-  The Meadows Public Schoo
-  Kingswood Park Public School

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
LITTLE HANDS LITE | 26 April
Teachers at Dubbo West Public Schools will undertake professional learning in Little Hands Lite - a fine motor skills program for early learners in Kindergarten to Year 2.

Sylvia Utami | sylvia.utami@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8505

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

REGISTER by 20 April 

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

Time:  4.00pm – 6.00pm
Location: The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

REGISTER by Friday 27 May

Victoria Loy | victoria.loy@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8505
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS
One hundred and twenty University of Sydney students have been offered a position as a Compass volunteer this year.  During the school holidays these volunteers will undertake training in working with children; cultural competence; engaging and motivating school students and program specific content. 

If you are a Compass coordinator, you will receive an e-mail by the end of this week listing the volunteers your school will work with next term.

Word Up, Little Hands, Numeracy Tutoring and Homework Club commence in schools and libraries in Week 2 of Term 2 (week beginning Monday, 2 May) and run for five weeks.

Oliver Best | o.best@sydney.edu.au | 8627 8516
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OTHER NEWS
CONTENT CALL OUT
A•STAR is actively commissioning material from teachers and aspiring writers from your school.

Teachers are encouraged to use A•STAR as a platform to showcase students’ work online or direct students to professional editorial advice when developing written work.
A•STAR is actively commissioning material from teachers and aspiring writers from your school.

Teachers are encouraged to use A•STAR as a platform to showcase students’ work online or direct students to professional editorial advice when developing written work.

We welcome articles, essays, opinion pieces and other media on almost any topic - arts, culture, sports, business, and science - as well as reportage about events in your local community and Sydney more broadly.  A•STAR also presents submissions of fiction or poetry, long-form reporting, and interviews with interesting people.

If you have ideas for content to support your teaching, contact us and we will happily work with you. If you have a classroom resource you already use, we would love to feature it.

Nicholas Hollins | nicholas.hollins@sydney.edu.au | 8627 4718
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