Fencing, Fur and Fairfield: Year 7 campus visit to the University of Sydney

29 May 2012

Last week, Fairfield High School Year 7 students had the opportunity to experience what university life has to offer. Coming from schools with populations in the hundreds, the students experienced learning as university students do on a campus of thousands.

The day started in one of the oldest lecture theatres in Australia, the Quad History Room with an introductory presentation from Compass staff, followed by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion with an interactive examination of different facial expressions. Great weather made it the perfect occasion for a campus tour, with University student ambassadors guiding the group around the campus's many heritage buildings. At the Macleay Museum, furry animals fascinated with students pausing from taking photos only to ask question after question about the collection - one student said that he wanted to take the mammoth home and put it in his room! Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness coordinated a fencing demonstration and training for the students on the Quadrangle lawns that neatly combined a history lesson with opportunities for practical - and fun! - application.

Introduction to university days for Year 7 students aim to build connection to higher education and provide a context for subsequent years for more specialised activities as they progress through high school.

Compass would like to thank Fairfield HS teachers and students, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotion, the Macleay Museum, Sydney University Sport and Fitness, and the Student Recruitment Unit's excellent student ambassadors.