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December 2011
Universities join forces to widen higher education participation   View Summary
14 December 2011
Bridges to Higher EducationFive Sydney-based universities are set to work together to increase the numbers of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds in higher education, with the announcement of $21.2 million in Federal Government funding over four years for the Bridges to Higher Education project.
A Fantastic Year For Compass Volunteers   View Summary
8 December 2011
Compass volunteers and students2011 has been an outstanding year for the Compass volunteer programs.
Compass Volunteer Video 2011 Launches at Showcase   View Summary
8 December 2011
Compass volunteer video frameAt the Compass Showcase, our wonderful volunteers were recognised and thanked for their contribution in 2011. A number of volunteers were on-hand to receive the warm applause of the students, parents and teachers in attendance.
2011 Compass Showcase - a resounding success   View Summary
1 December 2011
Compass Showcase 2011The sun was shining, the carillon bells were ringing, Over 500 parents, school and university students and staff left this wonderful event with smiles on their faces.
November 2011
It's a wrap!   View Summary
17 November 2011
Compass logo11 movies produced by students who participated in the Compass Film Production and Editing program will make their world premiere at the 2011 Compass Showcase.
Volunteers learn about University of Sydney pathways and scholarships   View Summary
4 November 2011
Sydney Student ambassadors Dom and EbonyVolunteers have an important role in making connections to higher education study as a real option. The connection that the university students and school students make through our programs is key to building aspiration.
Congratulations Corey Payne   View Summary
3 November 2011
Photo of Corey from the awards nightThe Compass Program would like to congratulate Corey Payne for the Young Alumni Award for Achievement received at the Annual Alumni Awards held last week at the Great Hall.
Yagoona Public School Fair Day   View Summary
3 November 2011
Yagoona PS students standing at the Compass stall at Yagoona PS fair dayThe Compass program was invited to have a stall at Yagoona PS' annual fair day on 20th October 2011.
'I am Jack': from victim to victor   View Summary
3 November 2011
Students standing at the Seymour Centre in front of the poster for "I am Jack"50 students from Bexley Public School and 150 students from Condell Park Public School attended the Seymour Centre at The University of Sydney to see 'I am Jack' performed a stage adaptation of popular children's book with the same title by Susanne Gervay.
Connecting classrooms - The future of learning   View Summary
3 November 2011
A primary school student being supported on a yoga ball by a Compass volunteerIn 2007, the NSW state government committed a large amount of funding to enhancing learning technologies available in public schools.
How to make a scientist... Compass style   View Summary
3 November 2011
Students from Wilkins Public School with Compass volunteersWhat is a tropism? How does a Venus Flytrap close so quickly? Have you heard of etiolation? Just ask student from one Compass's partner schools who participated in the 3-Phase science program; they'll know the answer.
Cracking burgers and celebrity chefs!   View Summary
1 November 2011
Celebrity Chefs and Bass High kidsTwenty keen students from Bass High School showed off their culinary skills in one of the biggest cook-offs the University front lawns has ever seen!
How does the University Vice-Chancellor design his Christmas card?   View Summary
1 November 2011
A Christmas card designHe asks a Compass partner school student of course!
Year 8 Experience Day, 2011   View Summary
1 November 2011
Hula-hoopers at Experience Day, 2011The annual Year 8 Experience Day went of with a bang, literally, thanks to the Communicators from the Faculty of Science!
October 2011
Annual Engineering Technology Education presentations held   View Summary
6 October 2011
Annual Engineering Technology Education presentations heldOn 15th September at the annual Engineering Technology Education presentations, students worked in groups to deliver a unit of work to Year 9 - 10 high school science classes and then presented their findings to the University.
September 2011
Farewell Occupational Therapy program 2011   View Summary
29 September 2011
Farewell Occupational Therapy program 2011This week, six Occupational Therapy (OT) students said goodbye to their Kindergarten to Year 2 students and their teachers at Marrickville, Marrickville West, Wilkins, Picnic Point, Panania and Revesby South Public Schools after they completed their final year placement.
Fairfield High School to Seymour Centre for NSW State Dance Festival   View Summary
29 September 2011
Fairfield High School to Seymour Centre for NSW State Dance FestivalFifteen Year 9 students from Fairfield High School's dance class joined the crowd at the Seymour Centre for NSW Public Schools State Dance Festival 2011.
POSTPONED: 2011 Step Forward - Sports Camp   View Summary
22 September 2011
Compass logoWe regret to inform you that the 2011 Step Forward - Sports Camp has been postponed due to conflicting priorities with many of our students during the October school holidays.
Nicholson Museum Post-Lesson at Kogarah Public School   View Summary
15 September 2011
Nicholson Museum Post-Lesson at Kogarah Public SchoolTwenty eight students from Years 5 and 6 at Kogarah Public School recently spent an hour of their school day talking about Ancient Egyptian mythology and amulets as part of their Nicholson Museum post-lesson.
Welcome to the Volunteer Class of Semester 2, 2011   View Summary
1 September 2011
Semester 2 Compass volunteersCompass is delighted to welcome 46 passionate new volunteers from the University of Sydney student, staff and alumni communities. They will join volunteers continuing from Semester 1 and will participate in the successful Word Up, Homework Club and Classroom Activity Facilitators programs.
August 2011
Science In The City 2011   View Summary
25 August 2011
Science in the City 2011During the 2011 National Science Week, Compass support the attendance of more than 750 students from our partner schools at Science in the City.
Kogarah High School Staff Development Day   View Summary
25 August 2011
Kogarah staff dayIn July more than 70 teachers and support staff from Kogarah High School spent their day at the University for their staff development day.
Students adventured with Emily EyeFinger at Seymour Centre   View Summary
25 August 2011
Emily EyefingerIn July 160 primary school students from Panania, Picnic Point and Athestane Public School were supported by Compass to join Emily EyeFinger for an exiting adventure at the University of Sydney's Seymour Centre.
Compass students: future Oscar winners?   View Summary
18 August 2011
CompassJack McGrath has delivered the Compass Film Production and Editing program in five Compass partner schools, with another four schools to take part in semester two.
2011 Widening Participation grants announced this week!    View Summary
4 August 2011
CompassOver $800K is available to faculties through a range of new curriculum, research and partnership grants, as part of the University's commitment to social inclusion and widening participation in higher education.
July 2011
Fairfield High School parents get a feel for uni life!   View Summary
14 July 2011
CompassOver 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.
June 2011
Supporting University capacity in Social Inclusion   View Summary
23 June 2011
CompassThe Social Inclusion Unit and the Institute of Teaching and Learning are pleased to announce that a number of staff are the recipients of scholarships to attend upcoming conferences.
Compass thanks volunteers for a successful semester   View Summary
23 June 2011
Compass volunteers celebratingSemester 1 has been a tremendous success for the Compass volunteering programs. To acknowledge their commitment and hard work, Compass was delighted to host an end-of-semester function for our volunteers.
Semester Two Volunteer Recruitment - Thank you to our supportive Sydney lecturers!   View Summary
23 June 2011
CompassVolunteer applications are flowing in, thanks in no small part to the kind lecturers who not only allowed us to use their lectures as a recruitment forum, but also enthusiastically promoted the Compass program to their students.
Occupational Therapy at Compass Schools   View Summary
16 June 2011
CompassSix University of Sydney Occupational Therapy (OT) students have commenced their placements at Marrickville, Marrickville West, Wilkins, Picnic Point, Panania and Revesby South Public Schools.
Year 3 Introduction to University Day Post-lesson   View Summary
16 June 2011
CompassClose to 300 students from Wattawa Heights, Picnic Point, Kogarah, Marrickville, Yagoona and Wilkins Public Schools were involved in the post-lesson for the Year Three Introduction to University Day throughout April and May.
Indigenous school students experience university   View Summary
9 June 2011
Students at Indigenous Experience Day 2011One hundred and twenty eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 7 and 8 had their first taste of tertiary education today with the Indigenous Students Experience Day at the University of Sydney.
May 2011
Giant Science - 28th April 2011   View Summary
5 May 2011
Giant ScienceDespite the morning rain, over 360 primary students from Condell Park, Marrickville, Marrickville West, Picnic Point and Wattawa Height attended Giant Science at University of Sydney.
Compass Science - Phase 3 (Post Lesson)   View Summary
5 May 2011
In 3-Phase Program Post lesson, students are given the opportunity to reflect positively on their science experience and highlight their possibility of higher education.
April 2011
Compass volunteers make an early splash in 2011   View Summary
28 April 2011
Compass volunteers Hermine and HannahCompass volunteers have hit the ground running in 2011, building on the success of 2010.
Revealing The Secret River at University of Sydney   View Summary
14 April 2011
Secret RiverOn Tuesday 12 April, Compass was delighted to welcome nine Year 11 and Year 12 students from Kogarah High School's English class who were invited to join the University's First-Year Book Club.
March 2011
They come, They see, They conquer - Year 3 Introduction to University Day   View Summary
31 March 2011
Year 3 DayMore 600 Year 3 students from our 12 partner primary schools flooded the front lawn of the University of Sydney's Main Quadrangle earlier this week to participate in Compass's annual Year 3 Introduction to University Day.
Teachers learn tricks of the film editing trade   View Summary
3 March 2011
On the set of 'What a Mess PPS'Running for the 3rd consecutive year in our partner schools, the Film Editing program has been enjoyed by hundreds of students to date with Marrickville public school taking out honours at ABC 3's Short Film Awards in 2010.
Giant Science is on again   View Summary
3 March 2011
Giant ScienceOn Thursday 28 April 2011 Compass partner schools will once again flock to the University for one of the biggest events in the Science Alliance schools outreach program: Science Alliance.
Year 3 Introduction to University Day 3-phase program   View Summary
3 March 2011
3-Phase programIn late 2010 Compass identified a need to build greater depth and context to a number of our 'foundation' activities. With the support of faculties and teachers from our partner schools, Compass has developed a series of pre and post event lesson plans that aim to ensure students gain maximum value from on-campus University visits.
Compass at O-Week   View Summary
3 March 2011
O-WeekWhat is O-Week to Compass? Three days of enthusiastic chatting, yakking, and chewing the fat (and sherbies) with thousands of Sydney students. The result? Almost 200 students registering their interest at the stall!
February 2011
Organised chaos: 600 Year 3 students to get a taste of Uni   View Summary
10 February 2011
Year 3 2011 DayThe University of Sydney will play host to more than 600 year 3 students from all 12 primary schools involved in the Compass program in March this year.