MARCH 2016


Goodness gracious me. Hasn't February been busy!?

We hope you've all now settled into the new school year, with new colleagues, new students and for some of you, new schools!

For those of you who have attended the Teachers New to SACE workshops so far, we hope you found the experience to be valuable to your teaching.

For teachers new to Biology - you can still book in for the second New to Stage 2 Biology (next Monday 7th March) as there are still a few places available!

For anyone booked into the Nutrition workshop initially scheduled for this Friday, we have had to postpone this workshop. It has now been rescheduled to Friday 11th March at the same location.

You may recall the survey email we sent out recently with regards to a Subject Outlines Discussion Group event? Thank you to all who responded - a date has been chosen, please see below for details on the event and how to book.

March is definitely not a rest month for us here at SASTA - we have several major events that will occur in the coming months and the hard work has already begun!
Happy reading!



When: Wednesday 16th March 2016
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Time: from 5.00pm to 7.00pm
The SACE Board of SA has released draft subject outlines for SACE Stage 1 & 2  Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth & Environmental Science for comment from 15 February - 30 March. These documents can be accessed from the SACE Board of SA website by clicking here.
The purpose of this event is for members to discuss the draft subject outlines, which will assist in formulating a response from SASTA.
The meeting will be held at the Education Development Centre in Hindmarsh and light refreshments will be provided from 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm followed by the meeting in subject groups.

This event is free of charge, however bookings are strongly encouraged for catering purposes. Please click here to book.

We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.


When: NOW Friday 11th March 2016
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Time: from 9.00am to 3.30pm

If you are teaching SACE Nutrition for the first time in 2016, SASTA's Teachers New to SACE 1 & 2 Nutrition workshop can be a valuable source of professional learning for you. A full provisional program is available on our website, and the presenters of the workshop are experienced teachers of this subject.

A couple of places still remain for this workshop - click here to book.

STAGE 1 & 2 NUTRITION - Friday 11th March
presenters Sarah Craig and Carolyn Naumann


When: Monday 7th March 2016
Venue: Education Development Centre, Hindmarsh
Time: from 9.00am to 3.30pm


If you are teaching Stage 2 Biology for the first time in 2016, SASTA's Teachers New to SACE 2 Biology workshop can be a valuable source of professional learning for you. A full program is available on our website, and the presenters of the workshop are experienced teachers of this subject.

NB: only a couple of places remain - book now to avoid disappointment!

STAGE 2 BIOLOGY - Monday 7th March
presenters Tony Diercks and Brian Le Cornu

Venue: Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton

The program will include 2 Keynote presentations, 6 Cutting Edge presentations and 48 workshops, seminars & excursions for primary, middle, senior secondary teachers, laboratory officers and university lecturers.

A conference dinner will be held on the Monday evening and SASTA's AGM will be held during the conference on Tuesday. 

All registered participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Click here for more information on the SASTA Annual Conference

March / April Professional Development

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

Investigating Chemical Sciences: Years 8 - 10 - Friday 4th March
(bookings close 2nd March!!)
How do I teach Chemistry? What activities can I do? Where can I find relevant and engaging activities and resources? This program will allow you to answer these questions and more.

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 Chemical 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

Assessing the Science Inquiry Skills - Student Investigation - Friday 18th March
(Bookings close 16th March)

At all levels of science teaching and learning, the Science Inquiry Skills detail what students are expected to be able to do; to pose questions, make decisions, design experiments, discuss, collaborate, communicate results and provide justified answers and explanations when engaged in the inquiry process.

This workshop will explore the specific teaching competences that are required to guide students and to create opportunities by which students can gather and interrogate evidence and information. Teachers will engage in hands on learning while they explore a number of sample investigations.

Using exemplars, we will explore different methods of recording and representing student achievement of the Science Inquiry Skills, including how the Achievement Standards can be used to make on-balance judgments about the quality of learning demonstrated by the students.

Who should attend: Secondary/Middle school teachers

Year 7 Science Series: Chemical Sciences - Monday 4th April
(Bookings close 31st March)

This workshop will support teachers to further develop their current understanding of the Science Understanding Strand: Chemical Sciences.

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
Click here to register for any of the above three workshops

Nomination forms are available at

Nominations have been extended and now close on
Wednesday 16th March at 4.00pm.
There are many great teachers out there that SASTA would like to acknowledge, but often they don't get nominated for Awards because teaching is a very busy job and people don't get the time to fill in nomination forms. Start thinking now. Alert your Principal!
There are a number of awards for SASTA members:

SASTA offers its members an award for excellent contribution to science education or teaching or both. The SASTA Medal is awarded to an individual who has made a significant contribution to SASTA and has been active in science education.

Credit Union SA / SASTA Outstanding Teacher Award for Junior Primary, Primary, Middle Years and Senior Years teachers
The Outstanding Teacher Awards recognise teachers' contributions to the education of students in science.

Helen Castle Memorial Scholarship
This Scholarship is in memory of Helen Castle, a dedicated and enthusiastic science teacher who tragically died during the Eyre Peninsula bush fires in 2005. The Scholarship is designed to assist country science teachers attend the SASTA Annual Conference and gain professional development to assist themselves and other country teachers to maintain a high standard of science teaching within country areas. Two (2) scholarships of $500 will be awarded to enable country based science teachers to attend the SASTA Annual Conference in April.

Nominate someone now! 
For anyone wanting to order the 2016 Study Guides, they will be available late Term 1 / early Term 2.

For schools wanting to place a bulk order, 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!
Yes, the 2016 Oliphant Science Awards are fast approaching.
If you wish for your students to participate or you would simply like to know more about South Australia's largest student science competition, click on the logo above for more information.


This year, NScWk will run from 13th August to 21st August. The School Theme will be Drones, Droids and Robots.

In 2016 we are embracing the ‘Technology' in STEM, in particular autonomous technology, with the National Science Week school theme ‘Drones, droids and robots’. The theme will centre on the real-world application of autonomous technologies in areas including agriculture, mining, manufacturing, medicine and space and deep ocean exploration. Of course, we will also look at how this technology has transformed our day-to-day lives - from robot vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers to automated pool cleaners.

How do SCHOOLS get involved?
Apply for a school grant. Schools can apply for up to $500 to help them conduct a National Science Week activity/event.  Applications open on 29 February 2016 and close on 22 April 2016. For more details go to the Australian Science Teachers website and look for the National Science Week 2016 information.

You can also contact the SA Schools Rep. for National Science Week, Priscilla Martinus, by email to Please be sure to put "National Science Week" in the subject line.


Maria Island Professional Development Opportunity: Don't forget that applications close on 21st March - get in quickly. For more info and to apply, click here.



SASTA Conferences and Events Dates 2016

Investigating Chemical Sciences: Years 8 - 10 at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 4th March 2016

Teachers New to SACE Stage 2 Biology Workshop at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 7th March 2016

Teachers New to SACE Stage 1 & 2 Nutrition Workshop at EDC, Hindmarsh
**NEW DATE** Friday 11th March 2016

SACE Board of SA Science Subject Outlines Discussion Group at EDC, Hindmarsh
This is a FREE EVENT, however bookings are essential.
Wednesday 16th March 2016

Assessing the Science Inquiry Skills - Student Investigations at EDC, Hindmarsh
Friday 18th March 2016

Year 7 Science Series: Chemical Sciences at EDC, Hindmarsh
Monday 4th April 2016

for more info and to register for any of the above workshops, click here

SASTA Annual Conference & Expo at Brighton Secondary School
"Raising Standards of Teaching and Learning"
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th April 2016
click here
to register
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