MARCH 2017
Well, here we are in March already - wow, February just flew by, didn't it!?

February saw five workshops take place; many, many Stage 1 workbooks shipped out to schools; pre-orders taken for 2017 Study Guides and much planning for upcoming events, including the SASTA Annual Conference and Expo and the Oliphant Science Awards.

For anyone who is interested, the Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Nutrition workshop had to be postponed until Term 2, 2017 due to a clash with another event for the same subject. We will confirm the new date as soon as practicable.

March will see two fabulous workshops for Primary teachers run by the wonderful Kate, along with the New Coordinators' Info Session for the Oliphant Science Awards. Also, don't forget that Early Bird registrations are now open for the SASTA Annual Conference and Expo in April.

Happy March to you all!


 2017 SASTA Awards

There are many great teachers out there that SASTA would like to acknowledge, but often they don't get nominated due to teaching being a very busy profession and people not having the time to fill in nomination forms.

Start thinking now! Alert your Principal. There are a number of Awards for SASTA members.
~ The SASTA Medal - awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to SASTA and who has been active in science education.
~ The Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Teacher Award for Junior Primary, Primary, Middle Years and Senior Years teachers - in recognition of teachers' contributions to the education of students in science.
~ The Helen Castle Memorial Scholarship
- designed to assist country science teachers to attend the SASTA Annual Conference and gain professional development to assist themselves and other country teachers to maintain a high standard of science teaching in country areas (2 scholarships of $500 each are available).


SASTA Membership 2017

Your SASTA 2017 Membership is now due for renewal. You can renew online in just a few simple steps - simply log in and navigate to the Members' Area, click on "Manage membership", which you'll find in the square on the left hand side of your dashboard (see below for an example).

Not a member yet? You can join at any time. Click here to join now!


Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Workshops

Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm (Registration opens at 8.30am)

NUTRITION (Stage 1 & 2)
When: POSTPONED - new date and time yet to be announced

please email us to express your interest
Science in the Early Years
Date: Thursday 16th March 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh

Science is a broad and exciting subject especially for young children, who are naturally curious and have questioning minds. In this workshop teachers will explore the importance of preparing the classroom environment for science exploration, focusing children’s observations, and providing time to talk about what was done and seen.

Teachers will be involved in simple investigations that will allow children to question, explore, investigate, make meaning, and construct explanations and organize knowledge by manipulating materials.

Who should attend: Primary Years teachers

Registrations CLOSE on 13th March 2017
Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!
STEM in the Middle Years - practical investigations that develop STEM skills and dispositions
Date: Monday 3rd April 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh

This workshop explores curriculum resources that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and are designed to support teachers in implementing learning experiences that are linked to the Australian Curriculum – Science.

Participants will engage in hands-on inquiry based activities that will inform their understanding of investigation types and how to employ them in their teaching program.  

The workshop will provide teachers with links to explicit curriculum materials, investigations and contemporary pedagogical strategies that will enable them to successfully plan and deliver integrated science investigations with a STEM focus.

Who should attend: Secondary / Middles Years teachers

Registrations CLOSE on 29th March 2017
Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!

SASTA Annual Conference and Expo 2017

Conference Theme: Human Endeavours
Date: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2017
Venue: Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton

Read more about the workshops and keynote presentations here
The new SASTA SACE Stage 1 Workbooks adapted for the Australian Curriculum are now available for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

SASTA's workbooks are a brand new resource written for the launch of the new SACE Stage 1 curriculum. They contain all new original questions for students. The SASTA resource covers all topics outlined in the new SACE curriculum in an easy to read format and are printed in colour and rich with illustrations and diagrams to enhance learning.

  • Fully illustrated;
  • Over 100 original questions in each book;
  • Over 250 problems with worked solutions;
  • Questions range from simple to challenging;
  • All questions are mapped to the new performance standards for Stage 1 & 2; and
  • Topic test for each chapter.
Order online now by clicking here.

For schools preferring to use a purchase order, simply fax your purchase order, including postage of $11 flat fee plus $1 per book ordered) to
08) 8354 0008 or email it directly to Rebecca at the following address:

Introducing SASTA's new Year 8 Practical Investigations Manual.

The SASTA Year 8 Practical Investigations Resource is a student workbook that has been specifically written to support the Australian Curriculum: Science.

Only $16.50 (Incl. GST) each
* minimum 20 books per order *

Want to know more? Click here!

Sample pages available to browse at the link above
We're taking orders for the 2017 Study Guides now!
Order now for delivery in late Term 1! 
For schools wanting to place a bulk Study Guide order, simply fax your purchase order (including freight) to 08) 8354 0008.
Please note, purchase orders emailed to will also be accepted.

Prices for 2017 Study Guides will be $28.00 each (including GST).

Orders will be processed in the order in which they are received, so don't delay!

A small number of 2016 Study Guides remain and are priced to clear. If you're looking for Physics or Biology, they're available on our website for just $15 each (plus postage if you are unable to pick your order up) until sold out. Be quick though, once they're gone, they're gone!


Any new or new-ish coordinators are encouraged to attend the New Coordinator Information Session which will be held on Monday 20th March at the Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh from 4.15pm. Places are filling up fast and bookings are essential, so please click here to book into the coordinator info session.

This year, the Oliphant Science Awards has a new feature - the Rowe Scientific Country School Camp. Applications are now open for this fabulous opportunity! Click here for more information.

Click here to download the Key Dates for the 2017 Oliphant Science Awards.

Girls in STEM Showcase

How are schools building positive dispositions of girls in STEM?

Date: Monday 19th June 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh

The Showcase will offer:

·  Interactive workshops: proven to engage girls in STEM

·  Keynote speaker: Building self-efficacy in STEM

·  Group discussions: strategies, implementation and student voice.

Participant registration:

If you are interested in presenting a 60-minute workshop, please email your 200 word abstract and workshop requirements directly to

Overseas Teaching Opportunity
The Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia are seeking teachers (particularly a Chemistry and a Biology teacher) for the new school year, beginning in August 2017. 

The school is a Christian school, teaching the Cambridge International Curriculum (similar to the Australian Curriculum) and teachers are not paid a salary, but are paid an allowance.

For more information on the available positions, please click here or if you have any particular questions, please contact Rose Hampel* directly by email.

Rose is an SA teacher who is currently on leave from DECD and working at the Bingham Academy.
National Science Week is 12-20 August 2017

School theme - FUTURE EARTH

‘Future Earth’, launched in 2015, is a major 10-year international initiative to advance global sustainability science.

Future Earth’s 2025 vision addresses eight key challenges to global sustainability.

The School Grants of up to $500 will be available this year.

Applications for school grants will open 27 February 2017 and close 24 April 2017.

There is more information on the ASTA website

Enquiries about the schools grants can be sent to the
SA Schools Grant Representative, Priscilla Martinus at

Free Webinar

Eduwebinar are hosting a free webinar, where Dave Canavan from STILE Education will be presenting on:

Cosmos Lessons with STILE – Re-thinking the Science Textbook 

The free webinar will be held on the evening of 8th March 2017 at 8.00 pm AEDT.

More information can be found here.


Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Nutrition at EDC, Hindmarsh
New date yet to be confirmed - 
watch this space!

**FULL** Investigations in Primary Science - STEM Focus at
Thebarton Community Centre, Torrensville

Friday 3rd March 2017

Science in the Early Years at EDC, Hindmarsh
Thursday 16th March 2017 - 
register now!

STEM in the Middle Years at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 3rd April 2017 - 
register now!

SASTA Annual Conference and Expo 2017 at
Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2017 -
register now!
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