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,


UC Map


Free Parking for attendees of HoD Day.


Simply use the Fine Arts (Clyde Rd) carpark.


Kia ora koutou


I hope you are looking forward to tomorrow’s programme at the University of Canterbury. I have attached the programme as well as a map. Circled in red on the map is where you can park for free, and the venue is circled in crimson. Please come to the registration desk when you arrive and sign up for your stream and tour. Fully enclosed footwear must be worn if going on a tour.


When visiting the Structural Engineering Lab, please follow the below rules for your safety:


Sign in to the visitors register

Fully enclosed footwear must be worn

High-Vis vests being worn at all times (supplied)

Hard hats to be worn when flashing light on office is ON

Keep to the green area, DO NOT enter strong floor test area unless invited

Evacuation area - is through west exit door on to grass by Engineering Road; follow the instructions of the person/people who you came with

Toilets and First Aid can be found to east of green loading area

Report incidents or accidents to a staff member immediately

Sign out of the visitors register when leaving


There will be nibbles and a drink provided at the UC staff club at the end of the day (blue circle on the map).


There will be UC staff members taking photos and video footage throughout the day, so please let me know if you do not want to appear in photos.


I look forward to seeing you all .


Ngā mihi

Tamsin Laird

Science Outreach Coordinator, College of Science

DDI: +64 3 3694169, Ext 94169

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

v.Beta  08 Oct 2017

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