Quoting from the Four Tops song Back to School Again...
"I gotta go back, back, back to school again.

Whoa, whoa, I gotta go... back to school ... again!!!"
Sing it with me! No? Okay. Fair enough! :-D
But seriously, school's back! We hope you had a fantastic summer holiday and are ready and refreshed to hit the ground running for the 2016 school year. There are lots of things happening in the coming months, with the Teachers New to SACE Workshops (February / March), the SASTA Annual Conference and Expo (April) and of course... the release of the 2016 Study Guides!

Hoping Term 1 gets off to a great start for you all!

Happy reading!

SASTA annual membership was due for renewal by 1st January 2016.

Please note that members who have not paid their subscriptions 6 weeks after the due date (by Friday 12th February) will be deemed un-financial and therefore not eligible for membership benefits.

Simply log into your account at to renew your membership for 2016.



Dates: Monday 22nd February, Friday 26th February OR Friday 4th March 2016
Venue: all will be held at Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Time: from 9.00am to 3.30pm
If you are teaching a SACE science subject for the first time in 2016, SASTA's Teachers New to SACE workshops can be a valuable source of professional learning for you. Full provisional programs are available on our website, and the presenters of each workshop are experienced teachers of these subjects.

STAGE 2 BIOLOGY - Monday 22nd February
presented by Tony Diercks & Brian Le Cornu

STAGE 2 CHEMISTRY - Monday 22nd February
presented by Kate Dilger (SASTA) & Kate Morgante (Gleeson College)

STAGE 2 PHYSICS - Friday 26th February
presented by Brian Parsons (St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School), Paula Mills (Prince Alfred College)
& Lois Ey (SACE Board of SA)

STAGE 1 & 2 PSYCHOLOGY - Friday 26th February
presented by Irena Atherton (Pulteney Grammar School) & Carolyn Pinchbeck (Xavier Catholic College)

STAGE 1 & 2 NUTRITION - Friday 4th March
presenters TBC

Register now to avoid disappointment! click here

Professional Development Opportunities

Venue: all will be held at Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Time: from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Prices include: workshop attendance, morning tea and lunch

Investigating Chemical Sciences: Years 8 - 10 - Friday 4th March
How do I teach Chemistry? What activities can I do? Where can I find relevant and engaging activities and resources? This program will allow you to answer these questions and more.

This is the first in a series of workshops for secondary science teachers that aims to give teachers the opportunity to expand their subject knowledge and gather new ideas about how to teach some of the more difficult concepts in this Sub Strand of the Australian Curriculum: Science.

The workshop aims to give teachers the opportunity to:
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of the Chemical Sciences sub strand
  • Learn instructional tips and techniques
  • Perform some investigations and classroom activities
  • Build resources
  • Share best practice with colleagues
Who should attend: Secondary/Middle school teachers

Assessing the Science Inquiry Skills - Student Investigation - Friday 18th March
At all levels of science teaching and learning, the Science Inquiry Skills detail what students are expected to be able to do; to pose questions, make decisions, design experiments, discuss, collaborate, communicate results and provide justified answers and explanations when engaged in the inquiry process.

This workshop will explore the specific teaching competences that are required to guide students and to create opportunities by which students can gather and interrogate evidence and information. Teachers will engage in hands on learning while they explore a number of sample investigations.

Using exemplars, we will explore different methods of recording and representing student achievement of the Science Inquiry Skills, including how the Achievement Standards can be used to make on-balance judgments about the quality of learning demonstrated by the students.

Who should attend: Secondary/Middle school teachers.

Year 7 Science Series: Chemical Sciences - Monday 4th April
This workshop will support teachers to further develop their current understanding of the Science Understanding Strand: Chemical Sciences.

The workshop aims to build teacher knowledge and conceptual understandings while participants are actively engaged in science investigations using the Science Inquiry Skills. The workshop will use an inquiry approach to the learning of science, providing teachers with the confidence and resources to implement the requirements of the Australian Curriculum in their classrooms.

Structure of Workshops
• Big Science Ideas – mapping of the concepts explored in the sub strand, what is your part in the story?
• Building Understanding – hands- on investigations that allow participants to explore the concepts and build understanding using explicit and modelled pedagogy.
• Resource Development – opportunity to explore a range of quality resources.

Who should attend: Year 6/7 teachers or specialist science teachers
Click here to register for the above three workshops

Venue: Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton

Conference theme: The Conference will address a range of content and pedagogies of the Australian Curriculum: Science and incorporate the theme "Raising Standards". Participants should be actively involved in the learning through a practical and investigative approach. Sessions that link to real work examples of contemporary science are encouraged.

Registrations are now open! Earlybird registrations close on 20th March!
Click here for more information on the SASTA Annual Conference


SASTA Conferences and Events Dates 2016

Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Workshops at EDC, Hindmarsh
Biology and Chemistry - Monday 22nd February 2016
Physics and Psychology - Friday 26th February 2016
Nutrition - Friday 4th March 2016

Investigating Chemical Sciences: Years 8 - 10 at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 4th March 2016

Assessing the Science Inquiry Skills - Student Investigations at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 18th March 2016

Year 7 Science Series: Chemical Sciences at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 4th April 2016

for more info and to register for any of the above workshops, click here

SASTA Annual Conference at Brighton Secondary School
"Raising Standards of Teaching and Learning"
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th April 2016
click here
to register to attend the annual conference!
For anyone wanting to order the 2016 Study Guides, they will be available late Term 1 / early Term 2.

For schools wanting to place a bulk order, fax your purchase order
(including freight) to 08) 8354 0008 as soon as possible.
Please note, email purchase orders to will also be accepted.
The bulk orders will be processed on a "first in, first served" basis!


{Senior} Australian of the Year Awards 2016

In early December last year, we learned that Ms Monica Oliphant AO was the recipient of the SA Senior Australian of the Year Award 2016. This means that she was a finalist in the Senior Australian of the Year Award 2016, which was announced at Parliament House in Canberra on 25th January.

Ms Oliphant was not named Senior Australian of the Year on this occasion. SASTA would like to congratulate all of the finalists, in particular, Ms Monica Oliphant who presents the award to the annual winner of the Oliphant Trophy for the Oliphant Science Awards each year!

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