JUNE 2016
eNEWS - JUNE 2016
Another month gone, just like that! Before you know it, it'll be Term 3! (eeeeek!!)! May has been busy for us at SASTA, mainly shipping study guides out to those who had pre-ordered - many thanks again for your patience.

What's on in June, I hear you ask? Well, it's over to you, Oliphant Science Awards coordinators! Key dates happening during this month include the closing date for the New and Country Schools Incentive applications along with Student and Judges' Registrations. Please read on for further information. Also, just added to the schedule is a New Coordinators Information Meeting next (Monday 6th June at the EDC from 4.15pm - 5.15pm) for any of you who may be unsure of the whole Oliphant Science Awards process. Further details and a link to register can be found below.

This month, we will also be sending out a membership survey with the intention of improving the services we offer to our members. We very much appreciate your feedback and input, so please, when you receive the email in the next couple of weeks, take the time to fill it in.

This month, we welcome Rebecca Van Schuilenburg back from maternity leave into her new role as Events Coordinator. Not to be confused with Rebecca Cooke who will be staying on in the role of Office Manager (yes, we are aware that this may become confusing! :-) )
Enjoy reading! :-)
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)
It's Oliphant Science Awards time and here are some upcoming Key Dates to remember for 2016:

Monday 6th June - New Coordinators Information Meeting at EDC - I want to come - count me in!

Wednesday 8th June - New and Country Schools Incentive applications close apply here

Thursday 23rd June - Student Registrations close log in or register here

Friday 24th June - Judges' Registrations close I'd love to participate as a judge in 2016!

For more information about South Australia's largest student science competition,
simply click on the logo above.



Term 2 Professional Development

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


Investigating Physical Sciences: Years 8 to 10 - Friday 17th June 2016

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 Physical 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

Year 7 Science Series: Earth & Space Science - Friday 1st July 2016 (*** New Date ***)

NB: This workshop was originally planned for 23rd May.
If you wish to participate in this workshop, please book well ahead of the above date.

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

Register Now For Either of the Above Workshops!

Early Careers Teachers Conference 2016

Date: Friday 14th October 2016
Venue: Immanuel College, Novar Gardens

Registrations will open soon, however we are currently looking for presenters!


This conference is an opportunity for early career and pre-service teachers to be involved in interactive learning activities as well as gather resources that will enrich and inform their science teaching. The Conference will address a range of the content and pedagogies of the Australian Curriculum: Science and includes specialised workshops for both Primary and Secondary Teachers


  • Laboratory investigations – planning and implementation
  • Creative classroom strategies
  • What is STEAM?
  • Working as a specialist science teacher in a primary setting
  • Use of technologies in teaching and learning
  • Integrated units of work of Science and Mathematics
  • Ways of motivating students to consider science in their future careers
  • Improving students' confidence and experiences in Science  

Participants should be actively involved in the learning through a practical and investigative approach. Sessions that link to real world examples of contemporary science are encouraged.

CLICK HERE to submit a workshop idea

2016 Study Guides are now available.

For schools wanting to place a bulk order, simply fax your purchase order
(including freight) to 08) 8354 0008.

Please note, email purchase orders to will also be accepted.

The Nutrition Study Guide has sold out! We are trying to determine if we need to print a second batch - if you haven't yet ordered your copy of the SASTA Nutrition 2016 Study Guide, email Rebecca immediately on
2016 Trial Exams will be available in early Term 3 - pre-order your digital copies now



In 2016, National Science Week will be held from 13th to 21st August and the school theme this year is


For more information, head to the website: NScWk2016

Congratulations to the 46 South Australian schools whose applications for the Schools Grants were successful!

For a full list, check the list here.

CONASTA is Australia's only national conference for science teachers and school laboratory technicians. It takes place every July in a different state or territory.

In 2016 CONASTA will take place from 3-6 July at Somerville House in sunny Brisbane, Queensland.

For more information, head to the ASTA website

The D. R. Stranks Memorial Lecture 2016

Thursday 9 June, 6.30 – 7.45 pm

The Rennie Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide


Contacts that Leave Traces: A Beginner's Guide to Forensic Exchange Evidence

Students from Years 9 – 12 and their parents, caregivers and friends are invited to attend the lecture this year.

Public interest in forensic science has increased in recent years due largely to the popularity of fictional crime programs. Professor Simon Lewis, Professor of Forensic and Analytical Chemistry at Curtin University in Western Australia, will use some real cases to discuss the scientific background of forensic exchange evidence.

Registration details are at


SASTA Dates 2016

NEW!! New Coordinators Information Meeting at EDC, Hindmarsh - Oliphant Science Awards
Monday 6th June 2016

Closing Date for SASTA New & Country Schools Incentive Applications - Oliphant Science Awards
Wednesday 8th June 2016

Investigating Physical Sciences: Years 8 - 10 at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 17th June 2016

Completed Student Registration Forms Due Online - Oliphant Science Awards
Thursday 23rd June 2016

Closing Date for Judges' Registrations - Oliphant Science Awards
Friday 24th June 2016

Year 7 Science Series: Earth and Space Science at EDC, Hindmarsh ***NEW DATE***
Friday 1st July 2016

Early Career Teachers Conference at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens
Friday 14th October 2016 - registrations will open soon!
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