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Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe October 2017 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • AGTA Membership
  • AGTA Conference 2017
  • AGTA Conference 2019
  • Geography Skills Unlocked Textbook
  • The GeoSix and the Bushfire Story
  • New resources for teachers: Hunger in a world of plenty
  • Affiliate Contribution
  • Around the affiliates

Arthur Phillip Awards 2017: Geography Fieldwork Competition

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic inquiry based research in Geography.

The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus and the K–6 Geography syllabus for 2016. In 2017 the categories will be based on the new K–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

Entries close Friday 24 November 2017.

>> Download competition brochure and registration form

AGTA/GTA NSW Geography Skills Roadshow

The 2017 AGTA/GTA NSW Geography Skills Roadshow will focus on the tools and skills mandated by the new NSW Geography Syllabus Years 7-10. AGTA, in association with the Geography Teachers Association of New South Wales (GTA NSW), has developed a professional learning program that guides teachers to a more advanced understanding of the tools and skills central to Geography’s inquiry-based methodology. This is a hands-on professional learning experience. Participants will be actively engaged in a series of activities that develop key understandings and competencies.

The program below has been designed into three streams:

1. Geography Skills for secondary teachers new to teaching geography – who have little, if any, academic background in the subject
2. Geography Skills for experienced secondary geography teachers – with an increasing focus on using ICT
3. Geography Skills specifically designed to meet the needs of Primary teachers.

COST:
GTANSW Member: $240
Non Members: $260

Dates and locations:
Sydney: Thursday 21 September 2017 – Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park
Newcastle: Friday 22 September 2017 – Crowne Plaza Hotel

>> Further details including program

>> Registration

GTA NSW Annual  Conference 2017GTA NSW Annual Conference 2017

Theme: Collaborate, Inspire and Learn

The 2017 Annual Conference will be held at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park on March 9th and 10th. The event is BOSTES accredited for 5.5 hours per day. 

This conference will be a large event with 8 Syllabus Masterclasses and approximately 36 workshops covering content, tools and skills for the new NSW Geography K-10 syllabus. 

Information will be sent to members via email and posted on the GTANSW Facebook page and there Geography pages over the next 2 months. 

A completed program will be published Week 1 of Term 1 and online Registration will commence from that date.

A link to register will appear on this page and current members will be emailed the link.

Numbers are limited to 200 participants per day.

>> Preview of presenters' abstracts

Review of the 2016 HSC Geography Exam

In 2017 the review of the 2016 HSC Examination will take place at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park as a Twilight Event after the Annual Conference on March 9th. The Review is BOSTES accredited for 2 hours of Professional Learning. 

Registration for this event is essential. A flyer with links to register online will appear here in January 2017. 

Annual conference participants can attend as a part of their fee BUT MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY TO THEIR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.

Others teachers can attend at a cost of $10 per head. This will cover afternoon tea and accreditation costs. 

UrbanGrowth NSW Bursary for Sydney Metropolitan Primary Teachers

UrbanGrowth NSWUrbanGrowth NSW is providing TWO bursaries for Primary Teachers in the Sydney Metropolitan area to attend the Geography Teachers Association of NSW (GTANSW) Annual Conference at Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday 9 March 2017. Bursary entitlements cover the following expenses to a value of up to $750 each: 

  • GTANSW Annual Conference registration for one day at the members’ rate of $250
  • cost of one day’s casual release from teaching
  • package of teaching resources from UrbanGrowth NSW
  • opportunity to attend a scheduled site visit to a choice of one of UrbanGrowth NSW’s CBD or Western Sydney urban transformation projects (organised directly with UrbanGrowth NSW).

Requirements It is a requirement of the bursary process that recipients:

  • agree to appear in UrbanGrowth NSW marketing and media opportunities
  • submit a paragraph for GTANSW journal (Geography Bulletin) based on their learning experience at the conference and perceived classroom benefits.

Selection criteria:

  • explain how they will apply the knowledge gained by attending the conference
  • outline the anticipated benefit to their teaching practice and links to the geography curriculum
  • identify how the workshop outcomes can be shared with teaching staff.

The application is to be completed online here.  Closing date for entries is 6pm, Monday 27 February 2017.
GTA Vice President Susan Caldis, coordinator of the Bursary Award process can be contacted via email at gta.admin@ptc.nsw.edu.au to address enquiries.


Australian Geography Competition

The Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence. The Competition is open to students studying geography (or an integrated social science that includes geography) in all Years of secondary school. Primary schools may also enter. Over 66,000 students from 670 schools entered in 2016.

In 2017, the Competition may be held in schools from from Wednesday 24 April to Tuesday 9 May. The answer sheets are centrally marked and all participants receive results and certificates – high distinction, distinction, credit or participation. Students will be graded at school year levels –Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, and Year 12.

Registrations close 1 March, 2017.

>> Further details about the Australian Geography Competition
>> Enter the 2017 Australian Geography Competition

Archived news items from 2016


GTA NSW Annual Conference 2016

GTA NSW Annual conferencePost-conference item

The GTA NSW Annual conference was held on Thursday 7 April and Friday 8 April at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park. The following presentations are available for GTA members here.

  • High Possibility Classrooms by Dr Jane Hunter
  • ICT in the classroom by Clare Kinane
  • Making Geography more practical and engaging! by Cath Donnelly

Pre-conference item

2016 is an important preparation year for the compulsory implementation of the K–10 Geography Syllabus NSW in 2017. The conference program has been planned to support primary and secondary geography teachers with a mix of keynote speakers, fieldwork activities and workshops developed to build teacher confidence and skills, provide resources and examine teaching and programming strategies.

Conference theme:
Geography: Thinking Ahead

Dates and Venue:
Thursday 7 April, 8.20am – 4.00pm and Friday 8 April, 9.00am – 3.30pm
at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

Cost (inc GST):
Both days – Member $500, Non-member $600
One day only – Member $300, Non-member $350
Parking – One day $20, both days $40


Arthur Phillip Awards 2016: Geography Fieldwork Competition

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic inquiry based research in Geography.

The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus and the K–6 Geography syllabus for 2016. In 2017 the categories will be based on the new K–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

>> Download competition brochure and registration form


Review of the 2015 HSC Geography Exam

The review of the 2015 HSC Geography Exam was held immediately after Day 1 of the GTANSW Annual Conference on 7 April 2016 at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park. A video link provides access for GTA members to the questions where speakers had agreed to be filmed.


Global Education Project resourcesFree geography resources

Individual and multiple class sets of excellent resources produced by the Global Education Project are currently available – while stocks last. These resources are relevant to primary and secondary Geography courses across Australia. Resources ordered will be available for collection from the GTAV Office in Camberwell South, Victoria. If not collected, there will be a postage and handling fee for each delivery.

A number of these resources are also available at the Global Education website as free downloads – www.globaleducation.edu.au.

>> Further details and order form


Archived news items from 2015


Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe July 2015 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • Don Biddle Award
  • Australian Curriculum
  • AGTA members
  • Tim Costello to stay
  • AGTA conference
  • AGTA website
  • APPA/Aust. Curriculum
  • Global poverty
  • Competition/Big Week Out
  • Geography Education
  • Decadal Plan
  • Around the affiliates

ARTHUR PHILLIP AWARDS 2015: ENTRIES NOW OPEN

The Geography Teachers' Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in geography. The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

All categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
1. The GTA Fieldwork and Visual Presentation Competition for Years 7–9
2. The Global Education Research (Fieldwork) Competition for Years 7–12: Three categories: Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6
3. The Dr Don Biddle Issues in Australian Environments Fieldwork Competition for Year 10 only
4. The Brock Rowe Senior Geography Project Fieldwork Competition for Year 11 only.

>> Flyer with further details and registration form — Closing date: Friday 20 November 2015


GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in geography. The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

>> GTA NSW is pleased to announce the results of the GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories which can be downloaded here.


The 2015 AGTA RoadshowThe AGTA Roadshow

Interpreting and implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography / New NSW K–10 Geography Syllabus for ACT and NSW teachers professional learning days were held during November 2015. The speakers' presentations can be accessed below.

Archived news items from 2014


Entries now open for the 2014 Geography Fieldwork Competition

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in geography. The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

All categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

Competition categories:
1. The GTA Fieldwork and Visual Presentation Competition for Years 7–9
2. The Global Education Research (Fieldwork) Competition for Years 7–12: Three categories: Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6
3. The Dr Don Biddle Issues in Australian Environments Fieldwork Competition for Year 10 only
4. The Brock Rowe Senior Geography Project Fieldwork Competition for Year 11 only.

>> Flyer with further details

>> Registration form — Closing date: Friday 28 November 2014


Creating a new generation of planning professionals

Plan ShapersPlan Shapers is a new and exciting planning and community engagement educational resource developed by the Department of Planning & Environment.
NSW is growing and Plan Shapers aims to engage school kids in how to accommodate that growth in metropolitan and regional NSW.

Through a suite of lesson plans, competitions and resources adapted for the current NSW school curriculum, Plan Shapers will engage young people in planning issues affecting the future of their local area and the wider community.

The PlanShapers program will kick off in Term 4 of 2014 with a competition for high school students. Challenges will include the redesign of a local open space. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding achievements and innovative entries. Teachers will be equipped with easy to access and understand online resources which will support the competition and the ongoing program, such as lessons aligned with the current NSW geography curriculum.

>> For further information, please contact planshapers@planning.nsw.gov.au or visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/planshapers.


Bursaries for geography teachers to attend the AGTA Conference in Rotorua, January, 2015

GTANSW will offer two bursaries covering the registration fees and airfares for two Geography teachers from NSW or the ACT. Teachers in their first few years in the profession or those who have recently started teaching geography will be given priority. The GTANSW Council will have the final decision in the selection of the two successful applicants. We request that successful applicants prepare a short report on the conference to be published on the website.
Susan Caldis, President


AGTA Conference, January 2015

The AGTA 2015 conference will be held from 11-16 January 2015 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

The organisational arrangements are being managed by the conference's major sponsor Group Events who have arranged special full service return conference airfares with Air New Zealand, conference accommodation as well as pre and post-conference tours.

To benefit from special full service return conference airfares, pre and post conference tour options, and conference accommodation packages it is essential that participants complete an expression of interest form.

>> Conference news update — January 2014

>> View AGTA 2015 conference details  including resource papers demonstrating the links New Zealand provides to the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

>> Register for the AGTA 2015 Conference


Commonwealth Class

Commonwealth Class is an initiative for schools from the British Council, BBC and Commonwealth Secretariat, and is delivered in Australia by the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies in Society and Environment (AFSSSE.

The British Council is developing a far-reaching partnership with the BBC, Commonwealth Secretariat and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to create a global legacy programme for school pupils, teachers and broadcast audiences. Schools across the Commonwealth will take part in an interactive project to explore Commonwealth values, the contemporary Commonwealth and links between sport, health, inclusion and gender issues (“sport and development”), inspiring pupils and enriching their education through international dialogue, titled the “Commonwealth Class”.

Commonwealth Class will enable more than 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth to access themed learning resources, take part in online exchanges and forums, and work on collaborative projects in cross-Commonwealth teams. Australia, as host of the 2018 Games, has been identified as one of the priority countries within the Commonwealth, alongside 11 others.

>> Further information on Commonwealth Class can be found at www.britishcouncil.org/commonwealthclass and www.bbc.co.uk/commonwealthclass

AFSSSE has been awarded funding through the British Council to provide support to Australian schools to promote student awareness and understanding of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held 23 July–3 August 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. 

>> Details of events

Archived news items from 2013


Competitions

Geography Fieldwork Competition — Arthur Phillip Awards 2013

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in geography.

The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW. All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

There are 4 Sections to this information brochure. Please complete and return Sections 3 and 4 with payment by close of business – Friday 29 November 2013

>> Further details and entry form

Exposed to the elements: Photo competition

Photograph the essence of earth science in Australia 2013. Earth science is all around us. Many of us barely notice it influencing our daily lives. Top GeoShot is an annual competition taking place in the lead-up to Earth Science Week. To participate, take and submit a photograph that captures the essence of earth science. Fill out the entry form and submit your entry by email. Winners receive a professionally framed enlargement of their image.

Closing date: 23 September 2013

Email your entry form and images to:
education@ga.gov.au
 or contact us at:
Top GeoShot
Education Centre,
Geoscience Australia
GPO Box 378, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Phone: 02 6249 9673

>> Further details and entry form

Arthur Phillip Awards 2013

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in geography.

The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW. All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

>> About the competition

>> Promotion flyer

>> School registration and payment form

>> Arthur Philip Awards 2012 Winners
 

Events & general news

Free video conference for students with Antarctica Expedition scientist

The National Film and Sound Archive is offering a unique opportunity for students to engage, via video conference, with a scientist, Professor Chris Turney, who will head off to Antarctica next month to retrace the steps of the Mawson expedition, a century ago. Two sessions are available: 

10am - 11am Thursday Nov 14 (for year 5 & 6 students) 

11.30am - 12.30pm Thursday Nov 14 (for year 9 & 10 students) 

The video conference is free and relevant to HSIE (Geography and History) and Geography (secondary) syllabuses.

This will be a great opportunity for students to discover more about Mawson, Antarctica and expeditions.

You will need standard based video conferencing equipment such Polycom (or similar). Please send an email before 28 October 2013 if you are interested in participating to imelda.cooney@nfsa.gov.au.

HSC Geography Enrichment Day for Year 12 geography students

The HSC Geography Enrichment Day for year 12 geography students will be held at the University of Western Sydney on Friday August 16, 2013. At this schools engagement event our academic staff will present current research connected to key areas of focus in the geography syllabus. This material will extend students’ learning in syllabus areas and provide unique case studies for use in the exam. This year’s event builds on a highly successful enrichment day held in 2011.

Students who attend the event and pass an exam on Saturday 17th August will be eligible to be considered for a conditional early offer into three degree programs at the University of Western Sydney: Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Master of Urban Management and Planning), Bachelor of Tourism Management and Bachelor of Social Science with Geography and Urban Studies, Heritage, and Peace and Development majors. These are high demand, nationally respected programs. The Urban Planning and Tourism Management programs are currently the top ATAR planning and tourism programs in NSW. To be eligible for a conditional early offer, students will need to pass a one hour exam on Saturday August 17. The exam will allow interested students to apply the enrichment day case studies to HSC style questions. Students eligible to receive a conditional early offer will receive this prior to sitting the HSC exam, however, it will be conditional on them subsequently being awarded an ATAR of at least 55.

>> Further information

Race to Save the World

Entries for students (ages15 and over) to enter the Race to Save the World to be held on Friday 22 February 2013 are now open. The Race to Save the World is like the TV show the Amazing Race, but the challenges that the teams will be doing will come from the seven charities joining forces to make the Race a reality - Oxfam, Make Poverty History, the Greatest Need,Fairtrade, the Global Poverty Project, Results and Amnesty International.

>> Further details

Hot under the collar

"Climate change really shouldn’t be a political issue." Read what Linh Do, community co-ordinator with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year has to say about climate change. [Published in the Sydney Morning Herald p35, 23 October 2013]

Archived news items from 2012


Events

We regret that details for 2012 are no longer available.

Archived news items from 2011


Events

Teacher Workshop at Parramatta Park

>> Teacher Workshop at Parramatta Park held on 12 October 2011 report
>> Parramatta Park Resource: Extracts from the teaching program – Year 7 History and Geography

Mini Conference Coffs Harbour September 13-14 'Geography Going National'

Location

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort
Cnr Pacific Hwy & Bay Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW

Date

Tuesday 13 September 4:00pm start,
pre-dinner drinks 6.30pm & 7.00pm dinner
Wednesday 14 September 2011
8:30am – 3:30pm

Registrations close

Wednesday 2 September 2011

GTA NSW Annual conferenceGTA NSW Annual conference

Theme: People and Hazards
Venue: NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Date: Friday 26 August 2011
Registrations close: Friday 19 August 2011
Limited places available: 160 participants

 

Spatial Technology Professional Development

Canberra, May 10 2011

Registrations close Friday 6 May 2011

Regional mini-conference

Geography Going National – Key issues in Geographical Education

Tuesday 10 May 2011 4:00pm start, pre-dinner drinks 6.30pm & 7.00pm dinner
Wednesday 11 May 2011 8:30am – 3:30pm
Registrations close Wednesday 4 May 2011

Coffs Harbour Mini Conference

Geography Going National – Key issues in Geographical Education

Tuesday 14 June 2011 4:00pm start, pre-dinner drinks 6.30pm & 7.00pm dinner
Wednesday 15 June 2011 8:30am – 3:30pm
Registrations close Wednesday 8 June 2011

Canberra Mini Conference

Geography Going National – Key issues in Geographical Education

Tuesday 14 June 2011 4:00pm start, pre-dinner drinks 6.30pm & 7.00pm dinner
Wednesday 22 June 8:30am – 3:30pm
Registrations close Wednesday 15 June 2011


Professional learning

Free* New Zealand tour for Geography Teachers

12 – 17 July 2011 (School Holidays)

Yes it is true! New Zealand has a lot to offer as an education resource. In July school holidays Group Events is prepared to take 10 teachers to study this Australian Schools Geography Study Tour. (Conditions apply).

Fly Free on Air New Zealand ... Sydney - Auckland and return ...12 – 17 July 2011

* Insurance and the taxes are payable within 7 days of acceptance to tour (Approximately $200.00) and will be non refundable.

Further details

AGTA News

Geographia — AGTA's newsletter

Read all of the latest news from AGTA in the latest issue of Geographia.

AGTA 2011 keynotes on the AGTA website to view

If you were not able to attend the AGTA conference in January this year, or attended and wish to listen again to the great keynotes, edited versions of the following keynotes are now up on the AGTA site at http://www.agta.asn.au/conf_presentations/index.htm.
The videos are approx 15 minutes in duration and highlight some of the most relevant and interesting sections of the addresses from:

  • Dr Rita Gardner "Geography - an education for life"
  • Duncan Chessell "Journey to the Roof of the World"
  • Tim Costello "AGTA Patron's inaugural speech"

Archived news items from 2010


HSC Examination Review 2009

Once again GTA NSW will conduct a series of HSC Examination Review workshops.

Experienced teachers and HSC markers will share their comments about the 2010 HSC Geography Examination.