Campus hosts families gathering to consider the future

5 July 2012

For the Compass program's second campus visit for parents for 2012, a group of forty parents and children joined the Compass team for a fun day of activities at the University last week.

Families from Bexley PS, Fairfield PS, Fairfield HS, Kogarah HS, Westfields Sports HS and Sir Joseph Banks HS gathered in the Great Hall for a talk on higher education - pathways, fees and scholarships, and the opportunities their children can look forward to. Student ambassador Lisa Fedorenko, who migrated to Australia with her parents from Russia, gave her perspective on working towards university from a young age. Through a combination of hard work and a passion for science, Lisa explained how she balances study, work, and extracurricular pursuits in her busy life as a student.

Following the information session, student ambassadors escorted the group on a walking tour of the University. This allowed parents to get a sense of the history, size and facilities on offer at the campus. The guests were then treated to a guided tour of the Nicholson Museum, where Dr Craig Barker's analysis of Greek and Roman statues formed one of the most memorable parts of the day.

Morning tea provided the opportunity for parents to discuss entry to university, the variety of courses on offer, and the types of support available for students in more detail with student ambassadors and staff. Then the games began! Glass blowing is something that you don't see every day, so the parents were thrilled by the demonstration by Mark Elliot from the Sydney College of the Arts, on the Front Lawns. Students from the Faculty of Engineering facilitated a hands-on engineering competition for the parents, who demonstrated initiative and ingenuity as they crafted boats to float under as much weight as possible and built an earthquake-proof structure from spaghetti, previewing the kinds of things their children might one day study at university. Parents left feeling motivated to continue the conversation about higher education with their children.

See photos and a video from the day in our Media section.