Fairfield High School parents get a feel for uni life!

14 July 2011

Over ninety Fairfield High School parents and their children (from toddler to teen) gave up their Sunday in order to learn more about the University of Sydney.

The day commenced with a presentation delivered by those best placed to talk about the trials and tribulations of getting into university, the University's own Student Ambassadors. The Ambassadors talked guests through:

  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • How to apply for financial assistance
  • Alternative entry pathways
  • Costs associated with studying (and how to minimise them!)

Following the information session, the Student Ambassadors led guests on a walking tour of the University. This allowed parents and their potential future students to put the immense size of the University into perspective, and to see some of the fantastic on-campus facilities first hand.

A big thank you to Craig Barker and the staff at Sydney Museums who opened the doors to both the Macleay Museum and the Nicholson Museum. Our special guests were given the grand tour of these spaces, which house artefacts from both Australia and abroad. The collections range in age from pre-historic to recent and guests are given an opportunity to get hands-on with some of these invaluable pieces.

After lunch in the Great Hall, the Faculty of Engineering facilitated a hands-on engineering competition. All guests participated with gusto, thoroughly enjoying themselves! Another big thank you to the engineering students and academics who organised the activities and were available and willing to answer the plethora of questions that parents and students asked.

This parent-focused on-campus day was a great success, with both parents and their children leaving the University with a positive feeling. Any schools interested in organising a similar event, please use the Compass activity registration form to make your requests.

Visit the Fairfield High School website to view photos of the visit.