The Oceans of Tomorrow, Teacher Workshop.


The staff of Rangi Ruru Girls School invites fellow  teachers of the sciences,  to attend a practical workshop on the significance and consequences of Ocean Acidification .


Date: Monday 27 November 2017

Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm

Venue: Rangi Ruru Girls School, Christchurch.

Format: A  workshop of practical activities run by Steve Cutler, who is an  Educator at University of Otago's Marine Studies Centre in Portobello.

RSVP:  or telephone 03 479 5826

Technicians Day 2017

Date: Friday 24 November

Venue: The International Antarctic Centre.

Format: Watch this space for programme details.

RSVP: Joanne Isles,

Free Parking for attendees of HoD Day.


Simply use the Fine Arts (Clyde Rd) carpark.

HOD Day . Wednesday 22 November.

To be held in association with the University of Canterbury.


Venue: Canterbury University

Cost: Free to CSTA members. Non-members please note that it is easier for the treasurer, and often cheaper for you, to join.  Consider joining the  CSTA?

Alternatively CSTA  will invoice non-members $20.00 pp after the event, which will avoid handling cash on the day.

Registration: By Tuesday 14 November to ensure a place. Deadline Friday 17 November.   Register here ...

Format: Watch this space for updates,  as they come to hand. Speakers from UC


Key note speakers:

  • Distinguished Professor David Schiel will talk on marine ecology and the effect on marine life of the Kaikōura quake. More ...
  • Professor Jarg Pettinga will speak on the geological impact of the Kaikōura quake. More ...


  • Also from UC
  • Dr Simone Scaringi will speak on astronomy and recent discoveries. More ...  and also  More ...
  • Senior Lecturer Tammy Steeves will speak on conservation genomics. More ...
  • Dr James Williams will speak on the future of Data Science
  • Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology, will speak on her research into the effects of micronutrients on mental health.  More ... and also More ...
  • Brett Robertson, Professor of Environmental Science, will speak about his work. More ... 
  • Professor Conan Fee will speak about the new degree in Product Design. More ...
  • Senior Lecturer Chris Hann will speak about Rocketry. More ...


From ARA :

  • Dr Isis Carter, Program Leader - Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology, will talk about Pathways into Applied Science careers (Biotechnology)
  • Miranda Satterthwaite will outline ARA's  current STEM programmes.



Provisionally  Certified Teachers Day 2017. Register now.

The CSTA, as part of its commitment to beginning teachers, holds an annual workshop for those early in their careers.


Date: Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16  November 2017 . (two day course)

Venue: Cashmere High School

Format: This is a two day course showcasing of a number of practical activities that can be used with your junior & Year 11 science classes. Lunch, morning tea and all resources are provided.

Update: Content of the course is alternated every two years so that it is beneficial for people, in their first two years of teaching, to attend.

Eligibility: The course is open to:

  • Provisionally Registered (or Certified) Teachers
  • Those returning to teaching after a long absence or who are new to teaching in New Zealand.

Content: There will be sessions covering Chemistry, Physics & Biology., with each discipline lead by at least one, experienced specialist. The programme will be confirmed closer to the dates.

Cost: This course is free for CSTA members and  $20 per teacher for non-members. (Join)



New CSTA Website  ... but why  ?

Over the past decade a 'once per term' newsletter has been emailed to those on our database. This newsletter relied heavily on the CSTA's website, but the converse was not so ... making aspects of the newsletters redundant.


After much discussion,  a survey of members was undertaken, to check the effectiveness of CSTA's communications.

 transpired many of you also preferred :

  • smaller, frequent snippets of information
  • regular reminders of events and resources
  • to use mobile rather than desktop devices
  • easier navigation on touch sensitive screens
  • more subject and level specific information


Consequently this website has been completely rebuilt in an economical, yet mobile friendly format ... while retaining the opportunity of frequent updating.

This is why the 'newsletter per term'  currently seems unnecessary.

Donald Reid

pp Committee

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