JULY 2016
eNEWS - JULY 2016
That's right! July school holidays are just around the corner! As you barrel full-steam ahead to the end of this last week of term, spare a thought for those folk who are already on holidays...! Or those who may be escaping the Adelaide weather at CONASTA 65 in Brisvegas!

Term 3 will be even more full on with Oliphant Science Awards off-site project delivery week happening in Week 1 already. Coordinators, your Pack 1 (including off-site project labels) are in the process of being sent out - watch the letterbox at your school for your pack!

Otherwise, we have Exam Prep Seminars in early September for your Stage 2 students, the New SACE Stage 1 workshops for Chemistry, Biology and Physics in August and more workshops led by the lovely Kate!

Watch this space... many things to come in the coming months. Oliphant Science Awards judging and Open Day (August), Presentation Ceremony (September - invitation only event), Early Career Teachers Conference (October), STEM Middle School Conference (November)... Is it nearly Christmas yet?!? Phew... we here at SASTA need a decent break! ;-)

Happy reading, and most of all, happy holidays to you all!
"To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science."
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
It's Oliphant Science Awards time and here are some very important Key Dates to keep in mind for this month (and the next!):

Monday 25th - Friday 29th July - Delivery week for Games, Multimedia, Science Writing and Scientific Inquiry entries to SASTA office (249 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville) - find us here

Sunday 31st July (midnight) - closing date for amendments to projects - download the amendments form here

Saturday 13th August - Computer Programming and Robotics Judging Day (strictly by appointment)
Entrants need to call on 8354 0006 to make their appointment by Tuesday 9th August.

Friday 26th August - Delivery of Crystal Investigations, Models and Inventions, Photography and Posters to the Open Day venue (Festival Functions, Findon) - take me there!

Saturday 27th August - Crystal Investigations, Models and Inventions, Photography and Posters Judging Day at Festival Functions, Findon - take me there!

Sunday 28th August from 12noon to 4pm - Open Day at Festival Functions, Findon - take me there!

Monday 29th August - Collection of all entries at Festival Functions, Findon - take me there!

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

We need volunteers to help make the Oliphant Science Awards process go smoothly...! Please click here if you're up for it!



Term 3 Professional Development


Click your preferred subject circle above to find out how SASTA can help you learn more about the new curricula!

*NB. Biology and Chemistry sessions are currently booked out. We are working on organising a second workshop of both but details are yet to be confirmed. If you wish to attend, make sure your name is on the waiting list (using the Book Now button on the event booking page) and we'll contact those on the waiting list as soon as details have been confirmed


Stage 2 Exam Prep Seminars

Venue: University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: from 2.30pm to 5.00pm
Price: $15 per student (teachers accompanying their class will attend for free)

Biology - Saturday 3rd September 2016

Chemistry - Saturday 17th September 2016

Physics - Saturday 10th September 2016

Psychology - Saturday 10th September 2016

Encourage your students to book now to avoid disappointment!

Click here for more information and to book!

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.

2016 SACE Stage 2 Trial Exams will be available in early Term 3.
Priced at $110 (incl. GST) each, pre-order your digital copies now!

Email ( or fax (08 8354 0008) your purchase order 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

For more information, click here

Chemical Education Group – Mid-Year Teacher Workshop
Monday 15 August, 4.30 – 6.30 pm

Level 2 laboratories, Reid Building, University of South Australia, Frome Roa
d, Adelaide.
The group is conducting another mid-year workshop for teachers of senior secondary Chemistry. The theme this year is
“What’s New for Stage 1 Chemistry in 2017”.
The activities are designed to provide ideas for engaging demonstrations and practical investigations in Stage 1 Chemistry.
More information will be available on the Chemical Education group webpage


Science 50:50 program is an initiative of University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Flinders University is leading this program in SA;  running a New Innovators Competition offering university scholarships to the 5 young women (5 x $4000) in the states of NSW / SA who share the most innovative ideas for solving real-world problems. Girls enrolled in Year 12 at an Australian high school can submit via video, poster, essay, website or even a photo with a description. We offer the flight costs to and from Sydney for the SA winning students to attend the award ceremony held at Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney.  

The Science 50:50 launch will be held on August 19 at 2pm, Tonsley campus followed by an hour of networking.   The competition will commence by the end of July and open until October 10.

Please contact for more details.


SASTA Dates 2016

Delivery week for Off-site Judging Projects - Oliphant Science Awards
Monday 25th to Friday 29th July 2016

Closing Date for Project Amendments - Oliphant Science Awards
Sunday 31st July 2016

The New Stage 1 Biology Course: Opportunities for Teaching and Learning at SACE Board, Wayville
Thursday 11th August 2016

Computer Programming and Robotics Judging Day (strictly by appointment) - Oliphant Science Awards
Saturday 13th August 2016

Introduction to New SACE Stage 1 Physics at SACE Board, Wayville
Thursday 18th August 2016

Delivery of all outstanding projects to Festival Functions at Findon - Oliphant Science Awards
Friday 26th August 2016

Onsite Project Judging Day at Festival Functions, Findon -
Oliphant Science Awards
Saturday 27th August 2016

Open Day at Festival Functions, Findon (general public welcome!) -
Oliphant Science Awards
Sunday 28th August 2016

Project Collection Day from Festival Functions, Findon -
Oliphant Science Awards
Monday 29th August 2016

Presentation Ceremony at Brighton Secondary School (invitation only) -
Oliphant Science Awards
Friday 23rd September 2016

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