The University of Sydney
31 JANUARY, 2013
Back to school
Welcome back for Term 1, 2013!  We hope that you enjoyed a happy summer holiday, and we thank you for your hard work in making 2012 such a successful year for Compass. 

We've been busy while you were away...but just a couple of announcements for today: 

- Schools & Communities Team Leader Miriam Pellicano will be away from the Compass office for six months, returning in August 2013. We welcome Sarah Fletcher to step into Miriam's shoes for that time, and Sophie Partridge will continue as the Compass Senior Project Officer. 

- The Compass team will be contacting schools early next week to schedule our annual Back to School meetings for the middle of February. These meetings are held with coordinators to discuss plans for 2013, in addition we would appreciate the opportunity to talk to all staff at a staff meeting in Term 1. A short presentation at a staff meeting allows the whole school to get an overview and understanding of the different aspects the program entails. Rather than experiencing activities in isolation, this helps teachers to see the bigger picture of what we are all trying to achieve with and for the students.

- We're getting a new look!  Expect to keep on seeing our iconic yellow, but in a new exciting setting. We hope to unveil our new ‘uniform’ at your staff meeting’s Compass presentation. And yes, this means a new logo for your school's website!

FP&E and SMA Professional Development
Film Production & Editing
Thursday 14 February

University of Sydney | 9AM - 5PM

Stop Motion Animation
Tuesday 19 February
University of Sydney | 9AM - 5PM

Invitations have been sent to Compass coordinators. Please RSVP to Victoria Loy before Friday 8 February.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Orientation Session
Tuesday 19 March | Venue TBA
Principals and OT coordinators' orientation 
12PM - 2PM
Lunch will be provided.
Multilit Professional Development
Friday 22 February | University of Sydney

 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visit
Tuesday 5 March | Macquarie University
10AM - 2PM
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Teachers' Briefing
Monday 25 March | via Connected Classrooms
3.15PM - 4.00PM
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Wednesday 29 May | Australian Catholic University
Wednesday 10 April | University of Sydney
10AM - 2PM
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Multilit Professional Development
Compass is again offering professional training on the MULTILIT Reading Tutor Program. The 1-day workshop will be facilitated by MULTILIT staff and will cover all aspects of the program.
  • The session is compulsory for new school volunteer coordinators.
  • It is also suitable for teachers or support staff who have not been trained in delivering MULTILIT.
When: Friday 22 February (Term 1, Week 4) at the University of Sydney’s Camperdown Campus.

If you are interested in attending, please email Mike to request a registration form.   Registrations close on Thursday 14 February (Term 1, Week 3).
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 TEACHERS    |  
What's being offered in 2013?
You can see the 2013 Professional Learning calendar here to find out what workshops are available for Compass partner schools this year.  

Many teachers requested workshops to support the implementation of the Australian curriculum. We are pleased to announce at least 8 sessions, in August-September.  So far, sessions for Stage 4 & 5 Science, Mathematics, English, and History are being planned. 

The primary school literacy calendar includes the blended module in Children's Literature facilitated by Professor Robyn Ewing, recipient of the 2012 Lady Cutler award for distinguished service to children's literature in NSW. 

Please talk to your Compass Coordinator if you would like to register, or contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
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 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Parents - come and experience university for yourself! Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions are answered and a campus tour provided.
  • Lunch provided
  • Bus transfers from schools or train tickets available on request
The next two campus visits for 2013: 

Macquarie University
Balaclava Road, North Ryde
Tuesday 5 March
10AM – 2PM

Australian Catholic University (Strathfield)
25A Barker Rd Strathfield
Wednesday 29 May
10AM – 2PM

University of Sydney (Camperdown)
Wednesday 10 April
10AM - 2PM

Registration is essential - contact Compass Administration to register a group of parents from your school (8627 8515).
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Upcoming Activities
Notices & Reminders
Professional Learning
Opportunities for Parents to Visit University Campuses
University proud of E12 students
STEM Day of Inquiry video - are your students in it?
Useful links
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On Friday 4 January, 96 of the students who comprise the first cohort of E12 (Early Offer Year 12 scheme) scholarship winners were welcomed to the University an an Information Day.  Eleven students from six Compass partner schools were among the excited new undergraduates. 

Provost and acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton strongly supports the E12 program. "The core mission of this university is to find the most promising students and bring them together with the best researchers to realise their full potential. Through these means our aim is to harness our most precious resources - our students and staff - for the public good."

Read the whole story on our website

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As we reported last year, more than 210 Year 9 students from eight Compass' partner high schools, joined by The University of Sydney academics and students, took part in the Compass STEM Day of inquiry. You can now see the video here on our website.
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