WIDENING PARTICIPATION AND OUTREACH NEWS
QUARTERLY UPDATE
It is Reconciliation Week and this year’s theme is 'Let's take the next steps,’ in doing so we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision and the work towards treaty. 

This is our first newsletter as Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO). Our rebrand from ‘Compass’ to WPO supports an alignment with broader institutional strategic priorities* of The University of Sydney. 
                      
Upcoming Events
Applications for the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer 2018 Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in year 9-12 open 30 June 2017.

Head to sydney.edu.au/wmbb for more information about the application process, previous students experiences and any other questions you may have. 

For more information about any of the programs we offer visit us here. http://sydney.edu.au/wpo/ 

Please feel free to contact us with questions, comments, or provide feedback.

Widening Participation and Outreach (formally known as Compass)
wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au 

* Nearly half our funding is now derived from The University of Sydney. By aligning with the University brand we are positioned to access additional resources to support outreach in schools. Our philosophy and mission remain unchanged, to understand more about our work please view our 2016-2020 Strategy.

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HIGH SCHOOL
YEAR 9 - 12 | WINGARA MURA - BUNGA BARRABUGU SUMMER PROGRAM | 14 – 19 JANUARY
Applications for the 2018 Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Summer program open on June 30. WMBB is a national summer program for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  Students from years 9, 10, 11 and 12 travel for free to The University of Sydney to learn about university and experience it first hand. Go to sydney.edu.au/wmbb  for more information.

Registrations close: 15 September 2017

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 11 | THINKING AHEAD | 24 APRIL – 16 JUNE & OPEN DAY 26 AUGUST

Thinking Ahead unpacks university scholarships or alternative entry pathways applications for students. The workshop focuses on helping year 11 students understand the nature of scholarships and their criteria; the value and need for extracurricular involvement; and how to articulate, in writing, the leadership skills and qualities they have developed through their experiences. 

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 10- 12 | YOUR PATH TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY | 8 JUNE, 21 JUNE

Held in local community centres, Your Path is designed to support students and their families make informed choices about their HSC subject selection and navigate through the process of transitioning to university.  These events include a series of presentations aimed at providing information relevant for Year 10 -12 students including; subject selection, study skills, HSC survival tips, transition to University, equity scholarships and alternative pathways. 

Thursday 8 June, 6-8pm                   
Liverpool City Library
Wednesday 21 June, 6-8pm
         Whitlam Library (Cabramatta)

For more information and to register: sydney.edu.au/your-path  

YEAR 8 | INVESTIG8 UNI | 15 JUNE
Year 8 students use ASTAR’s CareerFinder app to decide what character best represents their interests. From this, students get to experience a variety of hands on activities to show students how their interests relate to different university degrees and career options.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 12 | PROMOTE YOURSELF | 31 JULY – 1 SEPTEMBER

Promote Yourself is a scholarship application writing workshop for year 12 students. Students hone their persuasive writing skills and learn how to address scholarship application questions and develop a personal statement. Workshops spaces are still available.   

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 7 – 12 | STUDY CENTRES | TERM 3: 7 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER
Students can seek free tutoring, homework help and academic support from current Sydney University students in three locations. Compass Study Centres return for another year, at Fisher Library (Camperdown), Whitlam Library (Cabramatta) and Liverpool Library providing support across a range of subject areas including English, Mathematics, Science and HSIE. 

Mondays, 4 – 5:30pm                        Liverpool City Library
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30pm                 
Whitlam Library
Thursdays, 4-5:30pm                        
Fisher Library

No registrations necessary, students just turn up.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 10-12 | OPEN DAY | 26 AUGUST

Open Day is one of the biggest uni events of the year, as we get to show our students all the wonderful things that are part of the life of a uni student at Sydney. We will be facilitating a number of Year 10-12 workshops including Year 12 Promote Yourself Workshop, Year 11 Thinking Ahead Workshop and Preparation Year 10 Study Skills. Additionally, we will be offering one-on-one, consultations for 12 Years students to improve draft applications for E12 or Cadigal pathways.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 12 | HSCRAM | 25 – 26 SEPTEMBER & 5 OCTOBER

HSCram is a one-day intensive that supports Year 12 students with small group subject-specific tutoring, example practice in exam conditions and HSC Exam preparation workshops. 

Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 September     Whitlam Library (Cabramatta)
Thursday 5 October                                      Liverpool City Library

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au
PRIMARY SCHOOL
YEAR 3 & 4 | FULL STEAM | 17 JULY – 22 SEPTEMBER
Full STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) explores the concepts of past, present and future through a visit to the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum, the Centre for History of Emotions and the Library’s ThinkSpace (digital playground).

For more information; please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 3 – 6 | DIGITAL STORYTELLING | 31 JULY – 22 SEPTEMBER
Digital storytelling is a creative and reflective writing workshop that aims to inspire students about the world of online publications, showing them how to write fun stories for the web.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR K – 2 | LITTLE HANDS | 7 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER
Finger gym™ Fine Motor Skills School Readiness Program uses fun and hands on fine motor–based activities to help children become more independent in the classroom and assist them in meeting their developmental milestones.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR K – 2 | MOTOR SKILLS | 7 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER
mOTor skills is an individualised program developing students’ fine and gross motor skills through classroom-based activities. Fourteen occupational therapy students from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences provide practical support to Early Stage 1 and Stage 2 students and their teachers as part of their clinical placement. 

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au

YEAR 6 | DISCOVER UNI | 6 SEPTEMBER
Discover Uni is a Campus experience for Year 6 students preparing them for the transition to high school. Students link their interests to their future career opportunities through interactive faculty-based activities and hands-on learning. Parents are welcome to attend and learn more about how to support their child’s transition to high school.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au
IN YOUR COMMUNITY
YEAR 10- 12 | YOUR PATH TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY | 8 JUNE, 21 JUNE

Held in local community centres, Your Path is designed to support students and their families make informed choices about their HSC subject selection and navigate through the process of transitioning to university.  These events include a series of presentations aimed at providing information relevant for Year 10 -12 students including; subject selection, study skills, HSC survival tips, transition to University, equity scholarships and alternative pathways. 

Thursday 8 June, 6-8pm                  
Liverpool City Library
Wednesday 21 June, 6-8pm          
Whitlam Library (Cabramatta)

For more information and to register: sydney.edu.au/your-path
TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS
PRINCIPAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | LEADING EXCELLENCE | 10 – 11 AUGUST
Leading Excellence, draws on leading University of Sydney expertise through the: National Centre for Cultural Competence, Coaching Psychology Unit and the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.  The program aims to extend the individual and collective efficacy of school leaders through increased understanding of cultural competence, quality coaching conversations and relational trust in order to build and ensure school cultures of excellence and transformative student outcomes.

WPO is currently inviting expressions of interest from secondary school Principals. Strictly limited places are available.

For more information, please contact: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au
TEACHERS RESOURCE
A•STAR is an online magazine made for and by high school and University of Sydney students.

It encourages students to speak authentically about their lives. It is current, thought-provoking, funny and smart. A•STAR offers resources to support high school students and teachers in key syllabus areas - aligned with BOSTES syllabus and Australian Curriculum outcomes – it also provides key insights around subject selection, career choices and university preparation.

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE A•STAR?

Publish Students' Work -
Use A•STAR as a platform to showcase students' work online. We welcome and publish submissions from your students in visual, musical or written formats.

Enrichment -
Direct students to professional editorial advice when developing visual arts photo essays, media evaluation and creative writing.

YourTutor -
A•STAR offers free online homework and study support to students from our partner schools or who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Classroom Resource -
A•STAR is home to the Academic Resources, a resource of school-based activities, direct student to study tips, HSC exam preparation strategies, advice on internships and scholarship applications, and much more.

Our new workshops, Digital Narratives and Storytelling  focus on teaching students how to write for online platforms, with the option of submitting work to be published on A•STAR Magazine.

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