2009 News archive

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November 2009
Word Up   View Summary
27 November 2009
A child's hand holding a pencilDevelopment of the 2010 Compass Volunteer program 'Word Up' is well and truly underway with Compass staff hosting 12 Compass school representatives at Social Inclusion headquarters throughout November and December to discuss each schools' preferred volunteer program requirements.
Condell Park HS Introduction Day   View Summary
25 November 2009
Condell Park high school students engaging in an artistic activityOn 19th November 90 year 9 students from Condell Park High School visited the University of Sydney. This was their first visit as part of the Compass program.
Igniting children's imaginations in the classroom   View Summary
25 November 2009
A teacher in a classroom22 teaching staff from Kogarah PS, Athelstane, PS, Wilkins PS, Picnic Point PS, Condell Park PS, Condell Park HS, Yagoona PS, Marrickville HS and Marrickville IEC said that they felt "reinvigorated and recharged" after attending a Drama and Literacy workshop developed and facilitated by Professor Robyn Ewing, Acting Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work for the Compass program earlier this week.
Year 10 Careers Day   View Summary
20 November 2009
photo of practice interview roleplayYear 10 is synonymous with career exploration and last week the University of Sydney's Yr 10 Compass Career Day provided 57 students from Condell Park, Kogarah and Marrickville High Schools the chance to explore their strengths in workshops aimed at focusing on careers that suit their personality and strengths.
Planning Day Follow-up - Film-editing Workshops   View Summary
17 November 2009
SCA logoWe have received confirmation that the Sydney College of Arts (SCA) will be able to deliver film-editing workshops for our schools next year. At this stage the SCA will be able to deliver two workshops per term for 2010.
Compass Evaluation   View Summary
17 November 2009
News IconErebus International will undertake the formal evaluation of the Compass program from November 2009 until December 2011. Representatives from Erebus will introduce themselves to staff attending the Volunteer Planning days in the coming weeks.
Giant Science!   View Summary
6 November 2009
Two primary school boys in lab coatsOn 5th and 6th November over 150 students from years 4 and 5 in Marrickville, Kogarah, Bexley and Yagoona Public Schools attended Giant Science at the University of Sydney.
October 2009
Global Handwashing Day   View Summary
26 October 2009
Students showing off their clean handsGlobal Handwashing day is an initiative by global aid agencies and industry to promote hygiene practice and to highlight how diseases can be spread. Marrickville West Public School participated in a morning of high-tech germ spotting that showed just how pervasive those pesky germs truly are!
Year 10 School Certificate Workshop   View Summary
23 October 2009
Two female students listening attentivelyYear 10 Marrickville High School students attended a School Certificate Preparation Workshop at the University of Sydney on October 23rd, 2009, organised through the Compass Project and staff at Marrickville.
HSC Revision Lectures   View Summary
17 October 2009
Students listening to a lectureSixteen Year 12 students from Marrickville High School and Kogarah High School were offered free places in chemistry and physics HSC revision lectures.
Media coverage in the Inner West Courier   View Summary
13 October 2009
News iconThe Compass program was the subject of an article in the Inner West Courier on 13 October 2009.
Media coverage in the Cooks River Valley Times   View Summary
1 October 2009
News iconThe Compass program was the subject of an article in the Cooks River Valley Times on 1 October 2009.
September 2009
Parents' Experience Day   View Summary
29 September 2009
Mothers from the Marrickville West Families in Cultural Transition program with University staffParents from Marrickville West Families in Cultural Transition program attended a concurrent Experience Day undertaking a physics session with Dr Phil Dooley, a tour of the campus and libraries, a session on higher education pathways and a visit to the Nicholson Museum.
Introduction to University for high school indigenous students   View Summary
25 September 2009
Indigenous high school students enjoying their Experience DayThis week the University of Sydney, in partnership with The Smith Family, is hosting two Experience Days for high school students who may never before have considered university study.
Compass leads way to more diverse student body   View Summary
23 September 2009
two students listening to lectureThe University has invited high school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds to come to campus to experience university life for a day in a project aimed at encouraging students to aspire to higher education.
What is university anyway?   View Summary
10 September 2009
Photo of Kogarah Public School student playing sportStudents and staff from Kogarah Public School descended upon the University of Sydney campus for a day of activities aimed at putting real context to the the function and significance of post-secondary education.
Shakespeare? Yes. Boring? No!   View Summary
4 September 2009
Photo of SUDS performance of Shakespeare's worksStudents and staff from Marrickville and Kogarah High Schools were delighted by the feats of just three actors delivering 37 plays condensed into two hilarious acts with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Aiming for the moon   View Summary
1 September 2009
Paper planes created by Athelstane Public School studentsChris Johnson, Principal of Athelstane Primary School, presented a great analogy on her recent radio broadcast on ABC Radio National when she said that students can't aim for the moon if they don't know it exists.
August 2009
Crash Test Dummies   View Summary
25 August 2009
One of the 'cars' built as part the workshopEngineering students organised a workshop to work with Year 9 students from Marrickville High School to investigate the science behind car crashes.
Science in the City   View Summary
14 August 2009
Science in the CityMore than 180 Year 3 and 4 students from Wilkins and Marrickville West Public Schools enjoyed a day of hands-on workshops, talks and shows covering topics from medicine to climate change as part of Science in the City this week.
June 2009
Compass Official Launch   View Summary
11 June 2009
Marrickville High School student Carol Fong speaking at the launch of CompassThe 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.
May 2009
Marrickville Mummies!   View Summary
30 May 2009
A Marrickville West Public School student having fun with a magnifying glassMarrickville West Public School kick-started the Compass program when 80 of its students visited the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum.