The University of Sydney
APRIL 3, 2012
Last Compass Directions before Term 1 ends
May is going to be a busy month for all of us as the 3-phase programs, campus visits, and in-school programs take off. 

*Important Reminder*
Primary school Compass coordinators: please fax your Year 3 RSVP slips to Compass Administration at 8627 8518 before the end of term.  
  • Primary school Compass coordinators can also find the Phase 1 materials for Year 3 Introduction to University Day here on the Compass website.  
Have a look at a few of the school holiday activities offered by the Nicholson and Macleay Museums in today's Directions. 

Please circulate Compass Directions to any teachers or other staff who might be involved with the program. Enjoy the holidays, and we look forward to an exciting Term 2!
Condell Park HS
Wednesday 4 April
Year 11 Thinking Ahead Workshop
9.30 AM - 11.30 AM
Villawood East PS
23 April Compass staff to attend
 REMINDER    |  
Wednesday 2 May
9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

Information packs were mailed to schools last week.  Please let us know ASAP if you have not received an information pack. 

RSVP for Year 3 Day by end of Term 1, Thursday 5 April. Please collect the complete media release forms and permission slips from students, and then complete the RSVP form.  Fax to Compass Administration at 8627 8518.  

Phase 1 of the 3-Phase program is now available for download via the Compass website.  
Please contact us ASAP if you are unable to access this link.

Thank you to everyone who has completed registration. 
Westfields Sports HS
Wednesday 9 May Compass staff to attend
 MULTILIT    |  
Multilit (Word Up) Begins
Week 2 of Term 2
Monday 30 April -  Friday 4 May
Westfields Sports HS
17 May Year Ten Study Skills on-campus workshop
Fairfield HS
Friday 18 May Year Seven Campus Visit
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An invitation to our partner schools and communities
We are pleased to invite our Compass partner high schools to a University of Sydney Information Evening for Year 10-12 parents, students and teachers at Revesby Workers Club on 9th May, 6.30pm-8.30pm

This is a chance to hear information on going to uni and the University of Sydney, and features special guest Corey Payne of the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Future Direction Network.

Registration is ESSENTIAL and places are limited, so get in quickly! 
Register via the Student Recruitment website here.

Members of the Compass of the team will be attending on the night, and we look forward to the chance to meet more of your students, parents, and teachers and let them know about the opportunties available to them. We hope to see you there.
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Thank you for attending
Thank you to the schools who participated in the Connected Classrooms PD session on Monday 2 April.  We hope you found the session helpful and informative, and invite you to complete and send the evaluation form to Sylvia Utami so we can continue to improve the delivery.  

Thank you also to Sharon Pierce, the Occupational Therapy supervisor and facilitator of yesterday's session.
Seymour Centre Visits for May 2012
BUBBLEWRAP AND BOXES (50 minutes, no interval)
  • Wednesday 2 May
Panania PS at 10:30 AM
Condell Park PS at 12:30 PM
Yagoona PS at 12.30 PM
  • Thursday 3 May
Picnic Pt PS  10:30 AM
Revesby Sth 12:30 PM

(55 minutes, no interval)

  • Thursday 17 May
Marrickville West PS 10:00 AM
Bexley PS 10:00 AM 

BINDJAREB PINJARRA (100 minutes, no interval) 
  • Tuesday 29 May
Marrickville West PS 10:30 AM
Wattawa PS 10.30 AM
  • Tuesday 31 May
Athelstane PS 10:30 AM
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 FEEDBACK    |  
Draft Partnership Agreement and Responsibility Matrix
All Compass Coordinators and principals should have received the draft partnership agreement and responsibility matrix for 2012.  We invite you to send your comments and feedback to Sophie Partridge by the end of next week, or to contact her with any questions.
Bridges to Higher Education
Bridges to Higher Education is a unique collaboration bringing together the collective resources and experience of five universities: the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, the Australian Catholic University, the University of Western Sydney, and Macquarie University.  Bridges aims to improve the participation in higher education of students from low socio-economic communities.

The consortium is currently advertising two positions.
Bridges to Higher Education is a unique collaboration bringing together the collective resources and experience of five universities: the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, the Australian Catholic University, the University of Western Sydney, and Macquarie University.  Bridges aims to improve the participation in higher education of students from low socio-economic communities. 

The consortium is currently advertising two positions.  

This new initiative requires a Senior Executive Officer and a Senior Project Officer

Click for more information, and please forward to any interested parties.

Please note: Any appointment is the decision and responsibility of the Bridges to Higher Education consortium and not the University of Sydney.
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 SCIENCE    |  
Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize
Following on from its success over the past 6 years, the University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize will again be offered in 2012 to primary and high school students. The competition encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short video piece, cultivating the next generation of Dr Karls and Adam Spencers!

See the University's Eureka Prize website for all the information, including links to judges tips, how to enter, and videos of previous winners' films. 

(This is not a Compass activity)
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Sydney Science Forum
The Sydney Science Forum series of lectures features prominent scientists from the University of Sydney and elsewhere to present their latest research in a interesting and informative forum. The lectures are FREE and aimed at members of the public and high school groups. 

VENUE: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney
TIMES: 5.45 - 6.45 PM 
See the Faculty of Science website for the program calendar. 

In 2012, the Forum will include scientists from the University of Sydney and elsewhere, as well as our Julius Sumner Miller Fellow Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, dazzling audiences, young and old with their amazing array of scientific facts, figures and fun!

To make a booking, complete the online booking form or email Victoria Loy with your name, the names of the lectures you wish to attend, and number of seats required (limited to 5 per booking except for school groups).
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 ON CAMPUS    |  
Game Sense
Friday 30 March
Game Sense
For PDHPE teachers                  
  • NSWIT endorsed professional development for maintenance of 
accreditation at Professional Competence.
  • Practical classes in the sports of hockey, athletics, football, softball, 
touch football and lacrosse by international and national practitioners.
Conversations about literary texts – module 1
Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1   Blended mode – 12 hours face-to-face at Homebush Boys High School + 8 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code C08360. 
  • Teaching grammar in primary school and middle years.
  • The teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. 
  • Details and dates TBA
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1 
10 hours face-to-face at Belmore South Public School Weeks 3–7 
Day TBA 4–6pm
+ 10 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code TBA.
This module will enable teachers to:
  • Articulate the reading and writing skills and understandings required by students to access content and achieve syllabus outcomes in their subject areas
  • Expand and enhance the teaching of the reading and writing required for learning in their subject areas, and
  • Use a range of strategies to support and develop students' reading and writing skills.
Children's literature
Children's Literature Module 1
10 hours face-to-face at hub school + 10 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code TBA.

This module examines the critical role that literature can and should play in the lives and imaginations of young children and adolescents (K–12); the importance of children's personal, aesthetic and socially critical responses to literary texts; and the role of literary texts in developing particular kinds of literacy practices. In this module we will explore a range of questions including:
  • What are the characteristics of quality literary texts?
  • What are the practical and theoretical issues surrounding the use of literary texts (picture books, novels, short stories, poetry) for children and adolescents in today's primary and secondary classrooms?
  • How does new media impact on narrative?
This module will involve discussion of participants' wide and close reading of a range of children's literature and of the recent theory and research relating the characteristics of such texts to the classroom practicalities of literacy pedagogy. 

Blended mode in-school session outline
Session 1: The role of the arts in learning and literature as an art form
Session 2: Choosing quality literary texts for the classroom
Session 3: Responding to literature
Session 4: Literature and the Australian Curriculum
Session 5: Exploring visual literacy through picture books

Mentoring - Module 1
Mentoring - Module 1
Available all Term 4 2011 – Opens Week 1
NSWIT Course Code C08579

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are involved in mentoring and all teachers interested in professional development related to mentoring, teacher induction and teacher accreditation issues.

The course will include:
  • a critical overview of the research in the areas of professional development, mentoring and teacher induction
  • a study of key issues related to the concept of mentoring and teacher induction identified through the review of literature
  • analysis of the current developments around standards of professional practice
  • opportunities for individuals to discuss and investigate specific mentoring issues and develop mentoring skill.
 ON CAMPUS    |  
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
1 – 2 November

Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
Michael Ungar is a University Research Professor and Professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. As the Director of the Resilience Research Centre, he currently leads a number of studies of resilience involving researchers from more than a dozen countries on six continents.
He is also the author of eight books including:
  • Strengths-Based Counseling with At-Risk Youth
  • We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids
  • Playing at Being Bad: The Hidden Resilience of Troubled Teens, and
  • Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.
See future Compass Directions for more information.
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Information Session at Revesby Workers Club
Eureka! Competition and Sydney Science Forum
Professional Learning Calendar 2012
Sydney Museums School Holiday program
Musica Viva: Professional Learning Opportunities
Useful links
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  • Wednesday 11 April, 10am-4pm
  • Arts and craft activities throughout the day as you help us build a coral reef.

  • Friday 13 April, 10am-4pm
  • Arts and craft activities throughout the day, Greek myth storytelling and a chance to handle genuine ancient archaeological artefacts from Athens and Sparta.
  • Part of the Sydney Greek Festival - free and no need to book.

  • Thursday 19 April, 4-6pm
  • A free screening of the 1963 family film Jason and the Argonauts surrounded by ancient artefacts.  Bring a cushion!

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Music, drama, and PDHPE teachers may be interested in these professional learning courses from Musica Viva. 

Song Safari: Thursday 21 June 8.45am – 3pm
Rhythm Safari: Wednesday 8 August 8.45am – 3pm
Sound Safari: Thursday 30 August  8.45am – 3pm

Cost: $240

You can register for these workshops via the Compass website.

The VIVAZONE is a fun, animated site with a swinging soundtrack and classroom resources, including a teacher's resource page.

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