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The Association organises conferences for geography teachers, designed to assist teachers implement changes in Geography Syllabuses and to provide teachers with an opportunity to refresh their professional teaching by sharing ideas for classroom and fieldwork activities and hearing about current developments in geographical education.

Forthcoming events

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. 

>> Conference Flyer

>> Conference program

>> Workshop descriptions

>> Primary workshops selections

>> Online Registration

Numbers are limited to 200 participants per day.

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.

>> Review flyer

>> Online registration

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.