We hope you all enjoyed your holidays - doesn't it seem that the holidays were ages ago!! If you're anything like us here at SASTA, you've hit the ground running and it's not long now until the Stage 2 students reach the pinnacle of their Stage 2 studies by sitting their final exams. Good luck to all teachers who have students sitting the Stage 2 end of year exams in the next couple of weeks.

November offers a full gamut of PD opportunities for you - Exam Post Mortems, Willie Wonders Why, Open Source Teaching Psychology and the STEM (6-11) Conference. Bookings close a week before the event in some cases, so don't leave it until the last minute to avoid disappointment! Furthermore, please be aware that if your school is paying for you to attend an event that has workshops, you won't be able to select your workshops until your registration fee has been paid in full.

It's worth noting that the special offer for the Stage 1 workbooks has been extended until Friday 18th November, so if you haven't had the chance to order your class sets, hop to it! Also purchase orders for 2017 Study Guides are now being accepted, so fax (8354 0008) or email ( your orders through to Rebecca. 

I think that's probably enough information for the opening section. For more information and links to book for all events, scroll on down! 

And to finish, here's the Science dad joke of the month:

Q: What kind of ghosts haunt chemistry labs?
A: Methylated Spirits! (insert audible groan....!!)

Oh dear. Dad joke indeed... Science quote to return next month, promise!! :-)


Date: Friday 25th November 2016
Time: 8.30am to 5.00pm
Venue: Playford International College, Elizabeth

Registrations CLOSE on Friday 18th November. Don't miss out - CLICK HERE to register now!

FREE to attend; no booking required.

ERRATUM: The date of the Exam Post Mortem for Stage 2 Chemistry was mistakenly published in the October eNews as being on Friday 11th November. As it was pointed out to us (thank you!), this is before the scheduled date for the Exam (oops!). Please be aware that this event will actually be held on Wednesday 16th November (highlighted in red font below) at the same time and same venue as originally published.

When: Tuesday 8th November 2016 - 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Where: Prince Alfred College (new location - Hartley Institute,
enter via Capper St)

23 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town

Where can I find the Hartley Institute?

When: Monday 14th November 2016 - 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Where: Nazareth Catholic College Secondary Campus
(senior school building)
1 Hartley Road, Flinders Park

Wednesday 16th November 2016 - 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Where: Eynesbury College

19 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Term 4 Professional Development

New Date: Friday 18th November 2016

Venue: The Braggs, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Price: $100 for non-members, $75 for personal members

SASTA, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, is offering an exciting STEM professional development event for primary school teachers.

Click here for more information and to book!

NB: Those who had registered and / or paid for the original date (on 26th September) will have their registrations and payments (if applicable)
carried over to the new workshop date unless we hear from you. Please email Rebecca at with any concerns.
Emails received the week of the event will not be taken into consideration.

New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning in SACE Earth and Environmental Science

Date: Friday 9th December 2016
Venue: Education Development Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh
Time: from 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Price: $99 for non-members, $88 for corporate members or $66 for personal members

Special guest speakers will include:

 Prof. Robert Hill, Dean of Science, University of Adelaide
 Prof. Okke Batelaan, Dean of the School of Environment, Flinders University
 John Mignone, Community Education Service, DSD
 Michael Yeo, Adelaide Botanic Gardens Education Officer (manager of the SEEDS Project)
 Ian Tooley, Climate Reality Project

Click here for to view the program for the event and to book!

SACE Stage 1 Workbooks adapted for the Australian Curriculum will be available for Biology, Chemistry and Physics for 2017.

** Click on the image above to download the order form **

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 will be 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Special introductory offer — extended to 18 November 2016
Schools buying class sets of our SACE Stage 1 Workbooks will
receive the following additional resources:
  • One FREE teacher workbook with each class set of biology, chemistry or physics workbooks; and
  • One FREE trial exam with each class set of biology, chemistry or physics workbooks.

Order online by clicking here. Please note the initial print run will be limited and orders will be processed in order of receipt.

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:
2016 Study Guides for Chemistry, Biology and Physics are still available!
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.

2016 SACE Stage 2 Trial Exams are available.
Priced at $110 (incl. GST) each, purchase your digital copies now!

online to purchase your copy now!


Teaching About Climate Change
A series of 5 workshops and an associated field trip, designed for teachers interested in teaching about climate change, will be presented at Marden Senior College on 1st and 2nd December.  Presenters will include Ian Tooley (the Climate Reality Project), Tony Hooker (EPA), Greg McNamara (TESEP), John Mignone (DSD, Len Altman and Kelly Sharrad (Geoscience Pathways Project).
These workshops will be of interest to all science teachers 8-12, but particularly those interested in teaching the new SACE Earth and Environmental Science (EES) course to be implemented from 2017.
For details and registration instructions Geoscience Pathways website by clicking the link below.

2016 RACI December Chemistry Teachers’ Workshop
The University of Adelaide - Friday 9th December

This year’s workshop includes a presentation by Dr Justin Chalker of Flinders University, hands-on laboratory activities and will provide ideas and information suitable for teachers of senior chemistry. This session is an excellent opportunity for beginning and student teachers.
See the full program and register here
Oliphant Science Awards 2017
Yes, I know what you're going to say - Oliphant Science Awards 2016 just finished! True, true. However, with such a big event, the organising wheels for the 2017 Awards must be set in motion as early as this year!! So, we are hunting for topic suggestions for 2017. We need topics for the Science Writing, Posters and Photography categories. If you have some fabulous suggestions (or any suggestions, really!!), we'd love to hear them! Email them through to Rebecca by 30th November 2016 by clicking on the link below.  
If you're interested in being on the Oliphant Science Awards 2017 Organising Committee, please email Becci and let her know! The first committee meeting will be held on 1st December. 

And if you would like to participate as a judge in 2017, you can register here.
ASTA Appoints new President for 2018-2019 
ASTA is delighted to announce that Geoff Quinton has been elected to the role of President, for 2018-2019. Geoff is a proud member of STAWA and is the Head of Science at Perth College, Perth Western Australia. Geoff is well qualified for the role and has a wealth of science education experience spanning primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, and understands the various pedagogies used within each of these levels of education.

In addition to this Geoff has worked at national and state level, playing a significant role in reviewing the Australian Curriculum: Science during his time at Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority and then later supporting curriculum implementation and assessment with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.

Geoff’s focus will be on empowering members to become better teachers thus improving the teaching of science for all young Australians. Geoff will commence his term in 2017 as the ASTA President Elect, before officially stepping into the role of President in 2018-2019.

Congratulations Geoff on your appointment.

Anne Disney, President
Australian Science Teachers Association


SASTA Dates 2016

Physics Exam Post Mortem at Prince Alfred College
Tuesday 8th November 2016 - Free event!

Biology Exam Post Mortem at Nazareth Catholic College Secondary Campus
Monday 14th November 2016 - Free event!

Chemistry Exam Post Mortem at Eynesbury College
Wednesday 16th November 2016 - Free event!

Willie Wonders Why: Teaching the Science of Light in the Primary School Classroom
at University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Friday 18th November 2016 - register now!

Open Source Teaching Psychology at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 25th November 2016 - 
register now!

STEM (6 - 11) Conference and Expo 2016, Playford International College, Elizabeth
Friday 25th November 2016 -
register now!

Teaching About Climate Change, at Marden Senior College, Marden
Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd December 2016 -
register now!

New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning in SACE Earth & Environmental Science, at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 9th December 2016 - 
register now!

RACI December Chemistry Teachers' Workshop, at The University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Friday 9th December 2016 - 
register now!

2017 Psychology Summer Conference at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 20th January 2017 - 
register now!

SASTA Annual Conference and Expo 2017 at Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th April 2017 -
save the date!
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