Discover

Discover the Compass program

Our Discover stage is for Years 3-6, we start in primary schools because research shows that student aspirations regarding school completion and post-school destinations are developed early (Curtis and McMillan, 2008). We also know that early experiences of education are the building blocks for high school and beyond.

* D D Curtis, J McMillan 2008, School Noncompleters: Profiles and initial destinations, Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth Research Report, 54:13

Key messages
  • It is never too early to think about what you want to do in the future
  • University is for everyone
  • There are lots of different things to do at university
  • I can see myself going to university one day
The aim of the Discover program is to provide students with:
  • A real-life university experience
  • Access to university staff and students’ experience to build confident and motivation towards higher education
  • An understanding of what a university is and what options are available
  • Begin to see the benefits of a university education and how it can fit into their future goals
  • An enriched learning experience in a particular Key Learning Area

Activity Name

When

Who

Description

Enter Stage Right

Term 3

Selected Year 3/4/5 students from Compass partner primary schools


Students attend a theatre production at the Seymour Centre (the University's performing arts centre) relevant to their school curriculum. Before and after the program, the students also learn about the theatre experience and the concept of performance.

 

The aims and purpose of the Enter Stage Right is to provide students with:

•    An opportunity to experience of live theatre production and access to the university performing arts facilities
•    Relevant and key information to help them discover a link between interest, higher education options and career/occupation in the theatre production

•   Enrich learning experience in a literacy and performing arts key learning area

Year 6 Discover Uni

Term 2

Selected Year 6 students from Compass partner primary schools

The day provides an opportunity for Year 6 students from Compass partner schools to imagine themselves as part of the University and its community.

The day is also part of the three-phase program that draws connections to higher education by building greater context to students' experience when visiting the university.

 

The aims and purpose of the Discover Uni Day is to provide students with:
•    Tangible and hands-on experience to discover different subject areas/disciplines available at university
•    An opportunity to experience university life and position themselves in a possible future pathway
•    Relevant and key information to help them discover a link between interest, higher education options and career/occupation
•    Opportunity for students to imagine themselves and their future in new ways i.e. Do I fit in here? Can I see myself here?
Access to university staff and students’ experience to build confidence toward higher education

Skills enrichment

Term 2 and Term 3

Selected schools from Compass partner primary schools

As part of the skills enrichment suite of programs, primary schools also have the opportunity to participate in film production & editing/stop motion animation workshops, mOTor skills development program and speech pathology programs and literacy and reading support, delivered through the volunteer Word Up program.