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Welcome to 2018.

This year, we have more than 30 programs for students and teachers. Registrations for 2018 far exceeded our expectations; however, if your school hasn’t yet registered and would like information about any opportunities still available, please get in touch with us. HSIE teachers may be interested in new activities from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for Years 9 – 12; we would love to hear from you!

Email wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au or phone (02) 8627 8515.



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HIGH SCHOOL
YEAR 12 | O-WEEK EXPERIENCE | 1 MARCH

Up to 350 Year 12 students from selected schools will visit the University of Sydney campus to experience the whirlwind O-Week atmosphere and participate in a variety of activities. These activities will increase students’ motivation and confidence in accessing university after school.

During the event, students will take part in one of the following academic workshops: SMASH Essay Writing, HSC Exam Prep, Exoplanets and Deductive Reasoning, Critical Thinking, or SMASH Research Skills.

YEAR 12 | HSC EXAM PREP AND PROMOTE YOURSELF WORKSHOPS | 12 MARCH – 23 MARCH

We have combined the delivery of two of our most popular and engaging in-school workshops – Year 12 HSC Exam Prep and Promote Yourself. This combination allows students the opportunity to continue strengthening firm building blocks for their senior years and beyond.

Part 1 HSC Exam Prep, students will be provided with take home study skills and techniques to maximise their results in the HSC exams.

Part 2 Promote Yourself, assists students in making informed decisions about future pathways and helps them to practice and refine their knowledge and persuasive writing skills to be able to draft a scholarship and alternative entry application to the University of Sydney.

Selected schools have been allocated student places for these workshops and have been contacted with dates. 

Missed out on a session this year?  We hope to offer more workshops once our team of student leaders is confirmed for 2018. Thank you to all who have been in touch and we hope to get back to you with good news.

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

YEAR 9 | PREPARATION FOR NAPLAN | 26 MARCH – 13 APRIL

NAPLAN for 2018 is fast approaching! To support Year 9 teachers and students, WPO will be delivering our Preparation for NAPLAN program across Terms 1 and 2. This in-school program, delivered over the course of five weeks, is designed to familiarise students with NAPLAN style questioning and examination techniques. This program is run by teachers, using a digital platform, with WPO volunteer support.

A teacher PD for this program is available even if your school is not running the volunteer program. Please see Professional Learning below.

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

YEAR 10 | MEGA MATHS DAY | 5 APRIL

Year 10 students from selected partner schools will be joining us on campus for Mega Maths Day. Students will discover how maths is involved in almost every area of life and is a solid background for a huge array of disciplines and careers. Students will be inspired by how maths can open many future doors as they engage in a full day of practical workshops.

Registrations will open within the next few weeks and allocated schools will be contacted directly.

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

REGIONAL
YEAR 10 & 11 | REGIONAL ROADSHOWS | 26 MARCH – 13 APRIL

WPO are excited to continue working in our Regional Hubs and will be returning to the Central West, South Coast and Central Coasts of NSW in Term 1, 2018.

On these regional roadshows we will be delivering three of our academic and capacity building workshops – Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study, Year 11 Thinking Ahead and Year 11 SMASH Essay Writing.

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

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
TEACHER PREPARATION FOR NAPLAN | 19 FEBRUARY - 9 MARCH

This professional learning opportunity is designed to support teachers preparing students for NAPLAN. Teachers will learn about the structure of the in-school program and the technical requirements, as well as Studiosity, an online tutoring platform that supports their students at home.

For more information, visit: wpo.schools@sydney.edu.au
DIGITAL TEACHING RESOURCES
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?

Studiosity -
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 Study Hacks, a resource of school-based activities, direct student to study tips, HSC exam preparation strategies, advice on internships and scholarship applications, and much more.

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.

Career Help - The Career Finder app helps students in Years 7 - 10 discover what careers they can pursue by asking questions about their likes and dislikes.

Subject Selection Help - The Subject Finder app helps Year 10 and 11 students choose their subjects for the HSC, depending on what study area they are interested in.
VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are integral members of our team whose aim is to positively impact on students’ academic preparedness, awareness of higher education, and confidence and motivation to attend university. Volunteers support our Digital Narrative, Study Centres, and Preparation for NAPLAN programs. We will be out and about during O-Week and Semester Week 1 recruiting another set of inspiring University of Sydney volunteers for 2018.

Volunteer applications are open now.

For more information, visit: http://sydney.edu.au/wpo/volunteers/index.shtml

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