The University of Sydney
6 FEBRUARY, 2013
Term 1 Week 2
We are coming to visit!
- Did you receive an email from us? Emails about our back to school consultation meetings were sent out this week. We have already received responses from some schools offering us time at their staff meetings in Term 1 - thank you so much for your prompt action. As you may already know, the team will work in with your meeting schedule and talk for five minutes or fifteen - we are flexible! 

Compass Rebrand
- We are getting closer to revealing our new look!  Expect to keep on seeing our iconic yellow, but in a new exciting setting.

University of Sydney Student Teachers
- Can your school host a University of Sydney student teacher for two observation sessions in March and April?  Please see the announcement in Notices & Reminders below. 

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.
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) Orientation Session
Tuesday 19 March | Venue TBA
Principals and OT coordinators' orientation 
12PM - 2PM
Lunch will be provided.
 PRIMARY    |  
Occupational Therapy (OT) Teachers' Briefing
Monday 25 March | via Connected Classrooms
3.15PM - 4.00PM
 PARENTS    |  
Bridges Parents Campus Visits
Wednesday 10 April | University of Sydney
Wednesday 29 May | Australian Catholic University
10AM - 2PM
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Multilit Professional Development
Compass is 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.

**Registrations close on Thursday 14 February
(Term 1, Week 3)**

  • 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).
Can you host a University of Sydney teacher education student?
The Director of Professional Experience in the Faculty of Education and Social Work is seeking expressions of interest from teachers who can host an M.Teach student for two observation sessions.  As you know, the  the support of experienced classroom teachers is essential to the successful training of new graduates.  

The university students must complete two classroom observations visits on Monday 25 March and Monday 8 April.  While your school is not then obligated to stay on as host for the longer professional experience blocks, the observation sessions offer a great opportunity to meet with able teacher education graduates who may then apply to complete their practical experiences or internships at your school.  

Interested in being an observation school?  Please contact Dr Tony Loughland, Director of Professional Experience, for more information. or phone 9351 6341.

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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 three campus visits for 2013: 

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

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

Australian Catholic University (Strathfield)
25A Barker Rd Strathfield
Wednesday 29 May
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
Bridges to Higher Education Videoconference series
Useful links
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High schools: Interested in using Connected Classrooms more frequently?  Perhaps you've had some training but are looking for a chance to use the technology in your classroom?  

This year, Bridges to Higher Education will be presenting four videoconference sessions for years 7-10, open to selected schools including all Compass partner schools.  The sessions are designed to increase awareness and interest in university study, but can also provide academic enrichment. Each session will be facilitated by university academic faculty and will address the following areas: 

April: Science
June: English
September: History
November: Mathematics

What to do: When planning for the year, keep an eye on the months above and see if a videoconference session might fit into your curriculum. Dialling in with your class is an easy way to add some variety to a module, as well as affording more chance to practice using Connected Classrooms.   

More information on the content of each session will be sent out closer to the dates, but you can register via email now, or send enquiries to the same address.
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