New to Australia and new to the University

11 December 2012

The bad weather forecast did not stop junior students from Kogarah and Marrickville Intensive English Centres (IEC) from bringing all their energy and enthusiasm to the University of Sydney. 66 students and teachers from both IECs had a chance to explore the university. The original plan was to introduce the students to the very Australian sport of Aussie Rules football with the Sports Union, but due to dire weather forecasts of storms, the group headed downstairs to the Nicholson Museum to handle thousand-year-old artefacts instead. It was also an opportunity for students to meet other students from different IEC. Students came from different countries like Greece, Lebanon, China, Thailand, Italy, Vietnam, Sierra Leone and Denmark, and while some students have been attending school in Australia for a couple of months, others had only just arrived in Sydney.

The IEC visit was the tenth and final Compass Year 7 campus visit for 2012. More than 800 Year 7 students from Compass partner high schools visited the Camperdown Campus for their first taste of university life. Campus visits for Year 7 students provide an initial context for the subsequent, more specialised activities that they will take part in each year throughout high school. Just as importantly, they take place at a time when students' horizons are starting to expand. Visiting the campus brings the possibility of university as a destination into focus.

Compass is looking forward to welcoming a new group of Year 7 students in 2013, to offer more students a chance to get a feel of the University and make a connection between their interests and the opportunities available in higher education.