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High school programs

Engaging with high schools and the wider community
Discover how we work with high school students in our partner schools to help build both awareness and preparedness for university.

Our programs

In the junior years of high school, we encourage students to explore their interests, allowing them to see how these can be their pathway into higher education.

Australian Museum Science Festival

A specially designed secondary school program that brings science to life. It’s packed with hands-on activities and explosive workshops. Sessions are designed to support school curriculums and cover a wide range of scientific fields including digital science, biology, chemistry, natural environment, and more.

Years: 7 and 8
Delivered: Term 3, Week 4
Capacity: 50

Sydney Writers' Festival: Student Sessions

This program gives students access to some of the biggest stars at the Festival program – including acclaimed writers, respected social commentators and the world’s keenest thought-leaders.

Covering a range of stimulating topics linked to the NSW school curriculum, the Student Sessions program is a full day of events designed to give life to the secondary syllabus and provide students with the opportunity to engage with ideas outside the traditional classroom setting.

Years: 7, 8 and 9
Delivered: Term 2, Week 1
Capacity: 100

Photo Faction

A series of school workshops led by Story Factory and Australian Centre for Photography. Students collaborate and learn about visual and narrative methods of storytelling, as well as technical aspects of photography and digital publication.

Year: 8
Delivered: Term 3, Weeks 7–9
Capacity: 30

Spectacular Science

Spectacular Science is a one-day on-campus experience run by the Faculty of Science that offers students first-hand insights into intriguing and up-to-the-minute research. Throughout the day, students participate in interactive activities across a range of disciplines that allow them understand the relationship between their STEM studies and future careers.

Years: 8 and 9
Delivered: Term 4, Week 6
Capacity: 300

For students in the middle years of high school, we aim to develop the skills and strategies they’ll need to succeed in their studies. We also make clear the links between the subjects they select for their final years at school and the degrees and careers they can pursue.

Preparation for NAPLAN

This adaptable micro-learning sequence (four lessons) will support teachers of Year 9 students through literacy and numeracy-based revision activities and quizzes. This structured resource package encourages increased student confidence, familiarity and achievement in NAPLAN-style tests.

In 2019, this module is facilitated by current University Student Leaders for whole Year 9 cohorts in our longitudinal partner schools across four weeks in Term 1 and 2.

Year: 9
Delivered: Term 1, Weeks 9–11; Term 2: Weeks 1–2
Capacity: Entire cohort

Australian Museum Science Festival

This is a specially designed secondary school program that brings science to life with hands-on activities and explosive workshops. Sessions are designed to support school curricula and cover a wide range of scientific fields including digital science, biology, chemistry, the natural environment, and more.

Years: 7, 8 and 9
Delivered: Term 3, Week 4
Capacity: 50

Spectacular Science

Spectacular Science is a one-day on-campus experience run by the Faculty of Science that offers students first-hand insights into intriguing and up-to-the-minute research. Throughout the day, students participate in interactive activities across a range of disciplines that allow them to understand the relationship between their STEM studies and future careers.

Years: 8 and 9
Delivered: Term 4, Week 6
Capacity: 300

LINK West

An on-campus experience day showcasing creative writing.

Year: 10
Delivered: Term 2, Week 2
Capacity: 400

Future Friday: Preparation for Senior Study

Delivered in two parts – on-campus and in-school – this workshop supports Year 10 students develop study skills and strategies for future academic success.

The on-campus experience offers workshops in senior study skills, mathematics, English and science to assist students' preparation for HSC-level study. Meanwhile, the in-school workshops, run by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work provide group-based learning activities. This enhances students’ English study skills, establishes good study habits and facilitates discussion surrounding future degree and career options.

Year: 10
Delivered: On campus: Term 2, Weeks 2–9; In school: Term 3, Week 6 and Term 4, Week 2
Capacity: 100

Mega Maths

No matter what path a student chooses, maths will be a part of it: from predicting which latest fashion items will sell out to calculations that allow you to build bridges; and from statistics showing what people think of a business to computations that allow better understanding and fight diseases.

The on-campus Mega Maths Day allows students to discover how studying maths is part of a huge array of disciplines and careers. Students will be inspired by how maths can open many future doors as they engage in a full day of practical workshops.

Year: 10
Delivered: Term 4, Week 6
Capacity: 150

Sydney Writers’ Festival Experience

Workshops and panel conversations allow students to experience literature through an author’s lens.

Years: 10, 11 and 12
Delivered: Term 2, Week 1
Capacity: 100

In the final years of high school, we encourage students to develop as leaders and prepare for the HSC. We also give them practical advice and assistance that will enable them access higher education, including scholarship opportunities.

University of Sydney Open Day

Students can participate in academic workshops that will prepare them for university, or attend a consultation for Gadigal and Early Offer Year 12 (E12) admission. We also offer support for regional students attending, potentially including the chance to attend a residential program.

Years: 10, 11 and 12
Delivered: 31 August
Capacity: None

Future Friday: Thinking Ahead/SMASH Essay Writing/Critical Thinking

Thinking Ahead shows students how to develop sound scholarship applications by writing persuasively about their leadership skills, personal qualities and attributes.

In SMASH Essay Writing, students learn effective essay writing by deconstructing essay questions and formulating arguments. 

Critical Thinking teaches students how to analyse the texts they’re studying and distinguish the difference between a sound and weak argument. They’re asked to deconstruct arguments drawn from sources including journalism, advertising, science, economics and politics. 

Year: 11
Delivered: In school: Term 1, negotiable; On campus: Term 1, Weeks 2-9
Capacity: 100

The LINK “Writerly In-class”

Designed to enhance creative writing skills, students engage with a broad range of contemporary literature. In the process, they learn how to generate writing ideas and to refine existing creative texts.

Year: 11
Delivered: Term 4, Week by negotiation
Capacity: 30

Craft of Writing

We dive into the new section of the senior English curriculum – Craft of Writing – and provide tips for analysing and reflecting on the writing process.

Years: 11
Delivered: Term 2, Week 2
Capacity: 400

Sydney Writers’ Festival Experience

Workshops and panel conversations allow students to experience literature through an author’s lens. 

Years: 10, 11 and 12
Delivered: Term 2, Week 1
Capacity: 100

Future Friday: Promote Yourself/HSC Exam Preparation/SMASH Research

HSC Exam Preparation assists Year 12 students to maximise their performance in the HSC through study techniques and exam practice. Delivered by current University of Sydney undergraduate students, participants learn to deconstruct HSC exam questions, take effective notes, plan responses, manage time and maximise their marks. 

In Promote Yourself, students consider what lies beyond the HSC in an interactive scholarship writing session. They’re taught how to identify scholarship criteria, find areas of strength and weakness in sample answers and draft their own responses to scholarship questions. 

SMASH Research then shows students how to improve their online research skills, evaluate online resources and reference correctly.

Years: 12
Delivered: In school: Term 1, Week negotiable; On campus: Term 3, Weeks 2–9
Capacity: 100

Our Study Support Centres provide two-hour free homework support and tutoring to high school students in Years 7–12 at selected local libraries. University of Sydney student volunteers are matched one-on-one or in small groups to help support students’ diverse learning needs and build academic competence, while raising awareness of the opportunities available through higher education.

HJ Daley Library, Campbelltown

1 Hurley Street
Campbelltown NSW 2560

Mondays, 4–5.30pm
Term 2: Weeks 2–6
Term 3: Weeks 2–7

Liverpool City Library, Liverpool

170 George Street
Liverpool NSW 2170

Wednesdays, 4–5.50pm
Term 2: Weeks 2–7
Term 3: Weeks 2–7

Regional outreach

Our regional programs are designed specifically for regional schools. They provide opportunities for students and teachers in regional schools to experience our in-school workshops and attend our on-campus residentials and specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs.

Our regional outreach in-school programs are flexible and can include Year 10 Preparation for Senior Study, Year 11 SMASH Essay, Year 11 Thinking Ahead and My Story My Future.

Central West Regional Roadshow

Our partner high schools

  • Colyton High School
  • Cranebrook High School
  • Doonside Technology High School
  • Evans High School
  • Mitchell High School
  • Plumpton High School
  • Rooty Hill High School
  • Bonnyrigg High School
  • Cabramatta High School
  • Canley Vale High School
  • Fairfield High School
  • Fairvale High School
  • Patrician Brothers' College, Fairfield
  • Prairiewood High School
  • St Johns Park High School
  • Westfields Sports High School
  • Ambarvale High School
  • Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
  • Eagle Vale High School
  • Leumeah High School
  • Sarah Redfern High School
  • Thomas Reddall High School
  • Bankstown Girls High School
  • Bass High School
  • Belmore Boys High School
  • Birrong Girls High School
  • Chester Hill High School
  • Condell Park High School
  • Holy Spirit College, Lakemba
  • Punchbowl Boys High School
  • Sir Joseph Banks High School
  • Casula High School
  • Good Samaritan Catholic College
  • Hoxton Park High School
  • Liverpool Girls High School
  • Lurnea High School
  • Miller Technology High School
  • Auburn Girls High School
  • Granville South Creative and Performing Arts High School
  • Holroyd High School
  • Maronite College of the Holy Family
  • Pendle Hill High School
  • Trinity Catholic College
  • Marrickville High School
  • Moorefield Girls High School
  • Strathfield South High School
Central Coast
  • Gorokan High School
  • Kurri Kurri High School
  • Northlakes High School
  • Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus
  • Wyong High School
Central West
  • Canobolas Rural Technology High School
  • Dubbo College Senior Campus
  • Forbes High School
  • Narromine High School
  • Oberon High School
  • Orange High School
  • Parkes High School
  • Wellington High School
North Coast
  • Alstonville High School
  • Banora Point High School
  • Grafton High School
  • South Grafton High School
  • The Rivers Secondary College, Kadina High Campus
  • The Rivers Secondary College, Lismore High Campus
  • The Rivers Secondary College, Richmond River High Campus
  • Tweed River High School
South Coast
  • Batemans Bay High School
  • Moruya High School
  • Nowra High School
  • Shoalhaven High School
  • Ulladulla High School
  • Vincentia High School
  • Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts

ASTAR

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