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December 2012
The Hall of Fame   View Summary
14 December 2012
A screen grab from one of the Compass Showcase films.Thirteen movies produced by students who participated in the Compass Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion Animation program made their world premiere at the 2012 Compass Showcase in the iconic Great Hall, University of Sydney.
Compass "Day of Inquiry" for Year 9 students   View Summary
14 December 2012
STEM Day of InquiryMore than 210 Year 9 students from eight Compass' partner high schools, joined by The University of Sydney academics and students, took part in the Compass STEM Day of inquiry.
New to Australia and new to the University   View Summary
11 December 2012
Year 7 students from Kogarah and Marrickville IECsThe bad weather forecast did not stop junior students from Kogarah and Marrickville Intensive English Centres (IEC) from bringing all their energy and enthusiasm to the University of Sydney.
Broken Hill High School Students Learn History and Create History   View Summary
11 December 2012
Willyama High School students help map the City of Sydney's historic sitesFollowing on from a series of visits to Broken Hill, last week the Department of History hosted a group of twenty Year 12 students from Willyama High School at the University of Sydney.
November 2012
Villawood East Public School students travel back in time   View Summary
22 November 2012
Compass volunteers during Villawood Primary School's visitStudents from Villawood East PS became historical detectives for a day in their first visit to the Nicholson Museum since becoming a Compass partner school this year.
It's the first step to accomplishing great things   View Summary
15 November 2012
Year 7 students with one of our volunteersTwo of our new partner high schools, Liverpool Girls and Moorebank, sent among the biggest Year 7 cohorts we have yet seen for a campus visit in October, both numbering over 120 students.
October 2012
The incentive to pursue my dreams   View Summary
25 October 2012
Photo from Exploring University campThe University of Sydney has been a proud partner of The Smith Family in NSW since 2004, and over two days in September the partnership's 'Exploring University' camp helped make university more real, and a real option, for 37 high school students from across NSW.
Liverpool Boys High School students impress at Sydney Law School   View Summary
25 October 2012
Liverpool Boys High School studentsOn Thursday 11 October, the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) and Compass hosted students from Liverpool Boys High School at a Sydney Law School experience day.
Intent to learn: experiencing the University of Sydney   View Summary
9 October 2012
Year 8 students at recent campus visitYear 8 students from Sir Joseph Banks High School have contributed a news story about the recent campus visit for Year 8 Experience Day.
September 2012
Year 8 students experience a day at University   View Summary
27 September 2012
Year 8 student visitors on campusClose to 400 students from Compass partner high schools visited the University for the annual Year 8 Experience Day. The aim of the day is to help students make connections between their interests, higher education, and future careers.
Until we meet again - Occupational Therapy Program 2012 concludes   View Summary
27 September 2012
Students providing OT expertise and assistance to K-2 childrenThe eight Occupational Therapy (OT) students working with K-2 students and their teachers at Bexley, Kogarah, Condell Park and Wattawa Heights PS bid their farewells at the end of Term 3.
Always a good time when Year 7 students visit the University of Sydney   View Summary
6 September 2012
Year 7 students visit the university thumbnailCompass once again welcomed Year 7 students from our partner high schools onto the University of Sydney, giving them an introduction to higher education options and a feel for the University environment.
Instant connection at Macleay Museum   View Summary
4 September 2012
Instant connection at Macleay Museum thumbnailStudents from Athelstane Public School had a rare opportunity last week when they 'met' students from one of the most northern schools in Australia over Skype.
August 2012
Students find Compass at the University of Sydney Open Day   View Summary
30 August 2012
Open Day volunteersThe university precinct was packed with students, parents and teachers from all over Sydney seeking out information about higher education at the annual University of Sydney Open Day.
Unleashing the inner scientist   View Summary
28 August 2012
Compass supports Science Unleashed festivalDuring National Science Week 2012, Compass supported the attendance of more than 770 students from eleven of our partner primary schools at Science Unleashed, the Australian Museum's annual science festival.
Science for the future: the 3-phase program   View Summary
28 August 2012
Science for the future story thumbnailThis year students from Compass partner primary schools again were able to build upon their experience at Science Unleashed through a follow-up visit from university staff and volunteers.
University Experience Day - 9 August 2012   View Summary
28 August 2012
University Experience Day 2012 thumbnailThe 2012 University Experience Day, established by the University's Social Inclusion Unit and The Smith Family, brings Year 9 and 10 students to campus to learn about university.
Building a bridge to uni: Thousands to benefit from new program   View Summary
2 August 2012
Bridges to Higher Education logoA bold $21 million initiative designed to reach over 100,000 school students and boost the participation rates in higher education from low socio-economic status communities, was unveiled today in Greater Western Sydney.
July 2012
Bigger and better than anticipated for Liverpool Boys   View Summary
24 July 2012
Liverpool Boys High School campus visit thumbnailOn Thursday 21 June, the Compass team welcomed onto campus 93 very excited Year 7 students from one of its new partner schools, Liverpool Boys High School.
Frame by Frame - Stop Motion Animation in the classroom   View Summary
24 July 2012
Frame by Frame thumbnailFive Compass partner schools participated in the Compass Stop Motion Animation program facilitated by Jack McGrath, a Sydney College of the Arts lecturer and filmmaker.
Early offer scheme launched for promising students   View Summary
24 July 2012
E12 scheme thumbnailAre you a high school student passionate about a particular area of study and motivated to succeed, but worried your exam marks may not quite get you where you need to be?
Occupational Therapy students reflect on school clinical experience   View Summary
13 July 2012
Occupational Therapy volunteerEight 3rd year Occupational Therapy (OT) students from the Faculty of Health Sciences recently completed eight weeks of clinical placement at four Compass primary schools.
Campus hosts families gathering to consider the future   View Summary
5 July 2012
Campus hosts familiesFor 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.
June 2012
High-achieving alumnus returns to Sydney to share success   View Summary
28 June 2012
Thumbnail for high achieving alumnus storyLast week, more than 100 Year 7 students from Bass High School visited the Camperdown Campus for their first taste of university life. The Bass High students were given additional insights into university life by their school's Compass Coordinator, University of Sydney alumnus Michael Hanratty.
Compass volunteers deliver lessons to 800 primary school students   View Summary
27 June 2012
Primary school students taking part in the Compass 3-Phase ProgramEach year, students from Compass partner primary schools have the opportunity to visit the University of Sydney and take part in the Compass '3-Phase Program', a structured program that extends and develops students' experience at the university.
Imagine your first day at university...   View Summary
1 June 2012
Girl plants her hand in the Sea of HandsImagine your first day at university…would it involve an elite Olympic wrestler, a glass blower, an NRL star, climbing a rock wall or making ice cream? That was the experience for almost 200 Year 7 and 8 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who visited the University of Sydney today, many for the first time, as part of 2012 National Reconciliation Week.
May 2012
Year 11 & 12 Indigenous Students' Experience Day   View Summary
31 May 2012
Two students walking on the front lawnsThe University of Sydney hosted thirty Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the Camperdown campus as a part of National Reconciliation Week.
Sustainability a key attribute of 2012 Occupational Therapy program   View Summary
29 May 2012
Sustainability a key attribute of 2012 Occupational Therapy programNow in its third year, the Faculty of Health Sciences' Occupational Therapy (OT) program continues to provide much-needed OT assistance to our partner schools.
Fencing, Fur and Fairfield: Year 7 campus visit to the University of Sydney   View Summary
29 May 2012
Fencing, Fur and Fairfield: Year 7 campus visit to the University of SydneyLast 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.
Westfields Sports High School Year 10s study their skills   View Summary
29 May 2012
Westfields Sports High School Year 10s study their skillsThe Compass Year 10 Study Skills program aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their study skills, while finding out more about opportunities at university.
Recruiting in Revesby   View Summary
17 May 2012
A photo of the audience at the FDN event at Revesby Workers clubStar Bulldogs Rugby League player Corey Payne teamed up with University of Sydney staff and students on Wednesday 9 May to encourage young people from Sydney's south-western suburbs to take on university.
No ordinary use of Bubblewrap and Boxes   View Summary
10 May 2012
Photo from the performance of Bubblewrap and BoxesWhat would you do with your bubblewrap and boxes? Storage? Mailing? The performers of the Asking For Trouble theatre company had different ideas and used them to create an award-winning show for children.
Year 3 Introduction to Uni Day - Biggest ever Compass event   View Summary
3 May 2012
Year 3 Students at Compass' Introduction to University DayFaculty staff and students from across the University of Sydney gathered on the front lawns of the Quadrangle yesterday to produce the Compass program's biggest and best Year 3 Introduction to University Day.
April 2012
Our five new partner schools   View Summary
26 April 2012
Compass LogoWe are thrilled to announce that we have five new schools partnering with Compass this year.
Teachers gearing up for Occupational Therapy at schools   View Summary
12 April 2012
Compass logoThe much-loved Compass Occupational Therapy (OT) program is entering its third year in 2012.
Year 11 'Thinking Ahead' workshop took off at Condell Park HS   View Summary
12 April 2012
Photo of students and Compass volunteers at the Thinking Ahead workshopCompass is launching a new workshop for Year 11 students to introduce the university scholarship process.
March 2012
Catching up    View Summary
8 March 2012
Compass logoIn the last few weeks the Compass team has been busy visiting our partner schools' staff and parent meetings, talking to teachers and parents about Compass and some of the programs and activities taking place in 2012.
Teachers Give 2012 MULTILIT Professional Development a Thumbs Up   View Summary
8 March 2012
Compass logoCompass Volunteers have been working with twelve of our primary and high school partners to encourage reading and literacy development through our Word Up program since 2010, and this is set to continue in 2012.
Volunteer with Compass in 2012 - Apply Now!   View Summary
8 March 2012
Photo of the Compass stall at O-Week 2012We are preparing for another successful year with our school based volunteer programs and are seeking committed and enthusiastic individuals to join us in 2012.
February 2012
Teachers impress at film production workshops   View Summary
22 February 2012
Teachers using editing software at the workshopLast week, 27 teachers from Compass partner schools attended professional development sessions for the Film Production and Editing and Stop Motion Animation programs.
Compass Points West   View Summary
14 February 2012
The University of Sydney is joining forces with the University of Adelaide to encourage more children in Adelaide's northern primary schools to consider attending university.