How it works
The Compass program has three areas of focus:
The program offers one major campus-based activity per year group (Years 3-6 and Years 7-12) and a range of additional school-based programs.
- Compass activities for primary school students are designed to acquaint them with the concept and goals of a university, and to introduce them to the work of a university through theatre and museum visits, and science workshops. Other programs such as literacy and homework support contribute to academic development.
- Activities for high school students are designed to nurture interest in lifelong learning and support the attainment of the results necessary to continue in higher education, and include writing workshops, careers information, campus visits and leadership development.
The Compass program develops activities that can be sustained by teachers in their classrooms, and draws on the expertise of the Faculty of Education and Social Work to offer professional learning opportunities.
Teachers at Compass schools also receive professional development in the various technologies and pedagogies required to administer programs in filmmaking, occupational therapy, literacy development and opportunities to engage in accredited professional development programs.
Compass works to support early engagement with higher education by parents through information, distributed in a range of formats, and through increased contact and familiarity with various pathways to higher education.
Campus visits offer parents the chance to get to know the work of a university better, and to see the range of opportunities available to their children.