Organised chaos: 600 Year 3 students to get a taste of Uni

10 February 2011

The University of Sydney will play host to more than 600 year 3 students from all 12 primary schools involved in the Compass -- find your way to higher education program on 29 March.

It is a day designed to welcome our youngest participants to the program and to provide them with real context about university and why they might one day undertake higher education themselves.

Research tells us that from as early as year 3, children have clear ideas about themselves as learners and their future education and career. One of the aims of the Compass program is to provide them with opportunities to explore possibilities from early primary school.

Our visiting students will be participating in a wide variety of activities as diverse as the University itself, after sitting in on the their first ever lecture in the Great Hall.

Annette Cairnduff, Director Social Inclusion says that while for many students, "it will be their first interaction with a university, it will be the first of many opportunities they will have to engage with the University of Sydney through the Compass program over the course of their schooling."

Students will be accompanied by University of Sydney's Student Ambassadors, who are encouraged to talk with school students about their own journey into higher education, what inspired them, who might have inspired them, what study is really like and what they hope to achieve with their study.

Senior Project Officer with the Compass program Kanina Mackay says "when supported by ongoing interactions, these days have the potential to provide students with a 'light bulb' moment, encouraging them to think more broadly about what their educational future might include ."

Requiring more than 20 individual activities, the Year 3 Introduction to Uni Day is the biggest event on the Compass calendar and would simply not have been possible without the strong support and commitment of a number of faculties and University-based organisations.