MAY 2016
eNEWS - MAY 2016
Just when you think it's safe to expel a sigh of relief that Term 1 has finished... Term 2 has already begun! Sheesh. Time is really flying by this year, don't you think?!
In the coming weeks, we will take delivery of the 2016 Study Guides - the Nutrition Study Guides have already been delivered! All of those who have been patiently waiting, firstly, we would like to thank you for your patience, and secondly, you will receive your order as soon as humanly possible once they have arrived. In the meantime, for any school who hasn't already sent us your purchase order for Study Guides (by fax or by email, see details below), please do so ASAP!
We have two workshops for teachers of Year 7 and Years 8-10 and who could forget - the bulk of the Oliphant Science Awards work (for your students, anyway!) will be picking up speed during this Term.
Read on, McDuff! :-)
"Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated". Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)
Yes, the 2016 Oliphant Science Awards are almost here!

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

Judges' Registrations are now open via the website - click below to register!

I'd love to participate as a judge in 2016!


Term 2 Professional Development

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

Year 7 Science Series: Earth & Space Science - Monday 23rd May 2016

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


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

Register Now
For anyone wanting to order the 2016 Study Guides*,
they will be available early to mid May.

*Nutrition 2016 Study Guide is already available!

For schools wanting to place a bulk order, simply 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!



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

* Please note that School grant applications have now closed.

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


SASTA Dates 2016

Year 7 Science Series: Earth and Space Science at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 23rd May 2016

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

Physical Sciences 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
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