Compass Official Launch
11 June 2009
The Compass program was officially launched by the Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard MP and the Vice-Chancellor and principal Dr Michael Spence at the University of Sydney on the 10th June, 2009.
Despite the cold snap and gale force winds, 175 primary and high school students, and a number of their teachers and parents from Compass foundation schools braved the cold to attend the launch of the Compass program.
The students took over the Quadrangle and participated in fun learning activities which included a seminar on making the perfect chocolate bar, extracting DNA from strawberries, filling a tooth, identifying animal skulls, testing model paper plans, and dressing up as ancient emperors complete with toga's and head dress.
In launching the program, Ms Gillard emphasised the importance of ensuring demography does not define an individuals destiny. Dr Michael Spence said it was clear that there are real obstacles for many people to access higher education which the University of Sydney is committed to helping them overcome.
Carol Fong, a Year 12 student from Marrickville High School spoke about the barriers she and her classmates encounter in accessing higher education and how she looked forward to the new opportunities that the Compass program could offer students like herself in the future.
The students, teachers, parents and guests all enjoyed morning tea in the quadrangle after the formalities.