The University of Sydney
APRIL 24, 2012
Welcome back!
We hope that you, your students, and your communities enjoyed a safe and relaxing break.  We weren't idle during the school on for news and reminders, plus additional opportunities for your school's students, parents, and teachers. 
Teachers' briefing for Year 8 Goal Setting program
Thursday 26 April Condell Park HS

Thursday 26 April
 Sir Joseph Banks

Monday 30 April
Westfields Sports HS 
Kogarah HS
Tuesday May 1 Kickstart Physics

 REMINDER    |  
Wednesday 2 May
9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

If any parents have not given permission for their child to be photographed or videoed on the day, please make sure the forms are brought to the event.  All students must wear a name tag, and please ensure that those students who are not to be photographed are wearing a red name tag.  (See information pack for details).
Wednesday 2 May
9.30 AM - 2.00 PM

If any parents have not given permission for their child to be photographed or videoed on the day, please make sure the forms are brought to the event.  All students must wear a name tag, and please ensure that those students who are not to be photographed are wearing a red name tag.  (See information pack for details).

  • Information packs were mailed to schools last week.  Please contact us know ASAP if you have not received an information pack. 
  • 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.  If you have expressed interest for the Year 3 post-lesson and nominated a time, you will be contacted to confirme the delivery time and date.  Please refer to the 3 Phase instructions sheet for post-lesson equipment and room requirements. 
  • Buses can arrive from 9.30 AM. 
  • Confirmation of numbers of students and accompanying teachers, along with a risk assessment form, will be sent to schools on Tuesday 24 April via email to Compass Coordinators. 
Westfields Sports HS
Wednesday 9 May Compass staff to attend
 P&C    |  
Information Session at Revesby Workers Club
Wednesday 9 May
6.30 PM - 8.30 PM
See article on the right for additional information.
 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
 P&C    |  
Sir Joseph Banks HS
Wednesday 30 May Parent-Teacher Night
Year 7 & 8 Indigenous Experience Day
Wednesday 30 May  Year 7 and Year 8 students

Programs and registration information will be sent the week commencing 7th May.
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 P&C    |  
June 28 is the next Parent Campus Visit
Our first parent visit on March 18 was a great success, with over 100 parents, teachers, and students gathering on the main campus to learn more about the university.  

The next two dates (Thursday 28 July & Thursday 26 July) provide the next opportunity for parents of your students.  IF you would like to register your interest in bringing a bus load of parents and students, email Sophie Partridge.

Parents who visited earlier in 2012 found the day worthwhile: 

"To understand the role [and] the history of the university...gave my child a real idea about university"

"A very impressive day for my child & my family. Thank you for your effort."
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Seymour Centre Visits for May 2012
BUBBLEWRAP AND BOXES (50 minutes, no interval)

Wednesday 30 April
  • Villawood East PS at 12:30 PM
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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 FP&E    |  
School starting Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion in Term 2:
Condell Park PS
Tuesday 24 April
9.00AM - 12.00PM

Marrickville HS

Thursday 26 April 
1.15PM - 3.15PM

Athelstane PS
Thursday 26 April 
9.00AM - 11.00 AM

Condell Park HS

Monday 30 April
8.40 AM - 11.00 AM

Kogarah IEC
Wednesday 2 May
8.40AM - 10.40AM

Fairfield HS
Friday 4 May
11.00AM - 12.40PM

Sir Joseph Banks HS
Monday 21 May
12.00PM - 3.00PM

 OT    |  
Schools starting Occupational Therapy on May 1:
  • Bexley PS
  • Condell Park PS
  • Kogarah PS
  • Wattawa Heights PS
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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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Reconciliation Week Activities at the Seymour Centre
National Reconciliation Week

26 May - 2 June

The Seymour Centre and the University of Sydney are kicking off a celebration that honours the experiences and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Join in for a week-long exhibition from the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, special performances of Bindjareb Pinjarra and Katherine (atyp), two nights of talks from NSW Reconciliation Council, Sydney Ideas and All Together Now, and a musical performance by Casey Donovan.
  • Plus a Reconciliation Week party to end it all featuring free live music from Marcus Corowa and Jess Beck.
Visit the Seymour Centre website for information on venues and start times.  The dates will be posted by this coming Friday. 

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Tailored Professional Learning activities
Victoria will be in touch with those schools who expressed interest in a tailored professional learning activity early in Term 2.  Please send Victoria an email if you would like to discuss holding a PD day on campus or request a speaker to come to your school.  
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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Next Parents Campus Visits
Sydney Science Forum
Reconciliation Week Activities at the Seymour Centre
Professional Learning Calendar 2012
Information Session at Revesby Workers Club
Year 11 Scholarships and Careers
Useful links
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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 opportunities available to them. We hope to see you there.

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We are now taking bookings for the Year 11 'Thinking Ahead" workshops for all high schools.  The workshops comprise a scholarship information session (designed for Year 11 students who want to strengthening their candidacy by developing their personal attributes and school activities) followed by a careers workshop run by the University of Sydney Business School. 

We will deliver the workshop oat Kogarah HS and Fairfield HS in June, and you can read our story about Condell Park HS's recent workshop on our website. 
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