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Interaction focuses on 'First Peoples'

InteractionGTAV members can now download the September issue of Interaction. Back issues of Interaction dating from 2001 are also available for GTAV members to download.

Feature article
Changes across the landscape: an Aboriginal perspective in Geography: Delsie Lillyst

Appreciative inquiry for reconciliation in Australian schools: Nuella Flynn
So, what’s so cool about “cool burning”?: Thea Nicholas
Geography and the cross-curriculum priority – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture: Nola Turner-Jensen
First Peoples: A lesson in sustainability: Liz Suda
Facing reality – Indigenous communities and climate change: Susan Bentley and Megan Bourke
A millennium ago: Nick Hutchinson
Landforms and Landscapes: applying the crosscurriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ histories and cultures: Nuella Flynn

Primary Geographer
Glocal mapping: Looking at where I live with fresh eyes: Simon Collis

Planning @ Deakin: David Jones

Geography ICT
Using ICT in Geography to design and create a sustainable city: Jacki Tossol


Global Education Project

The Global Education Project, funded by AusAID now DFAT, has been a part of the GTAV for over 15 years.

Sadly - the Federal Government has announced that it will cease funding  this  Australia-wide  project at the end of 2014.

This program has been providing high quality professional learning and resources across all subject areas and cross curriculum priorities.

 Over the 15 years the Global Education Project has worked with many to provide professional learning to 10s of 1000s of teachers in rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria.

We would like to acknowledge the outstanding, highly respected and dedicated work by GTAV staff over these years in providing such high quality professional learning to Victorian teachers.

The GTAV is working extremely hard in trying to keep this program alive so that teachers can still have access to this high quality outstanding project.

New AusVELS-AC Geography Curriculum for 2015 Implementation

The VCAA website currently has the former VELS curriculum labelled as AusVELS until they release the new AusVELS-AC curriculum. The publication of the second iteration has been delayed as a result of the Commonwealth government's review of the Australian Curriculum. However the VCAA has assured the GTAV that it will accelerate the publication of the full new Geography curriculum so that it is available as part of the online curriculum for all schools from the start of 2015. 

The link below is to the VCAA PDF of the new curriculum for F-10 Geography. The final full hyperlinked online version will also contain a Glossary and reference to the Cross-curricula Priorities.

All of the text books and online resources support this new AusVELS-AC course so the GTAV urges implementation of Geography in 2015.

We will notify members here and via GTAV eNews when the online version is live. 

New GTAV Careers Brochure

Just in time for Subject Selection and Careers Events is the Branching out with Geography Careers Brochure.
Also hand them out at Parent Teacher interviews.

First 20 free to members plus $3 postage.  Click here for full details and order form for this magnificent careers resource that all students should have. 

Use the GTAV
Branching out with Geography Brochures with the GTAV Prezi presentation looping on full screen at your subject selection/ career event. A Powerpoint version of the Prezi presentation can be downloaded here. Add some music or talk to the slides.

Topographic Map Kits

Full details and Order Form Here

GTAV Trial Exam 2014

The trial examination is now ready for distribution. Full details and order form Here

New GTAV Primary and Secondary Geography Concepts Posters

These stunning A2-sized Posters are supported by classroom ready activites. There is a set of seven posters for Primary and another seven for secondary levels.

View them at Conference. View Primary posters and order form Here. View the Secondary posters and order form Here

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AGTA Conference, January 2015

New Zealand is a great education resource right on our doorstep where we can bring earth science alive to our students. Call it your classroom in the great outdoors... for Geography - Earth Sciences - Conservation & Environmental Science - Sustainable Tourism - Farming & Agricultural - Indigenous studies and more...

Relative to Australia, all these experiences are contained within a small area that is easily travelled over in a short time. So much can be packed into the time when an organised tour takes the group efficiently from one venue to the next. This professional development conference will address the new Australian Geography Curriculum and help you implement new resources into your classrooms for interactive lessons.

>> Download the conference latest flyer

>> 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

Thinking Geographically DVD — Revised edition

Thinking Geographically DVDThe new revised DVD has over 50 additional Thinkpieces, new links to Australian Curriculum resources materials, new professional learning presentations and new curriculum planning suggestions. This is a much improved product to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. The DVD contains:

  • geographical thinking examples, exercises and articles
  • over 50 Thinkpieces on geography (thought provoking articles on geographical education in schools)
  • curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
  • 100s of direct links to Internet sites to support geographical thinking and the teaching of geography
  • presentations and video resource links to support professional learning.

>> Brochure 
>> Guide to using the Thinking Geographically DVD

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 Postage & GST included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school purchase order form

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVDAn outstanding collection of teaching resources including spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:

  • articles and resources on 21st century Geography
  • GIS skills development, GIS in Physical Geography and Historical GIS books – course processes and activities with geographical data
  • 21st Century Internet sites
  • technology in the geography classroom articles, internet sites and resources
  • inquiry project design and work samples.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$95.00 Postage & GST included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school purchase order form

Urban Futures Geography Competition

RMIT continues to support Geography with this competition open to Victorian Yr 10, 11 and 12 students.   Now more than ever people are choosing to live in cities and this trend is rapidly increasing. Melbourne’s population is forecast to hit 5 million before 2030. This presents challenges and opportunities for planning, designing and managing our cities.
The task? "Provide a photo or image to communicate an urban problem you have identified, and explain the problem and your ideas for a solution in 200-300 words".
Full details here. This is a great way of promoting Geography in your school.  Entry is free and via email but closes on 24 August. 
Assoc Prof Joe Hurley is also providing a masterclass on Planning at Annual Conference.

VIP visit to the GTAV

Mrs Rashmi Mishra, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, a government school in Delhi, was a guest at the GTAV as part of her visit to Australia on the School Leaders in the Asian Century Study Program.
Rashmi, one of a delegation of ten principals, spoke of her school of nearly 4000 students who attend in two shifts over a six day week.  She also spoke of the strengths of the education system particularly in science and maths based subjects and some issues surrounding the education of a large and young Indian population.  On a global stage, India’s respect of teachers is very high and the accountability to a boards of education most stringent.  Many links are being forged between Australia and India to strengthen education links in and across both countries. Thank you to Marilyn Snider for hosting Rashmi in Melbourne.
Pictured from Left: Marilyn Snider, Nuella Flynn, Sally Darmody, Kate Ord, Judy Mraz, Margaret O'Brien, Rashmi Mishra and Libby Hillman

AGTA Awards for published materials

AGTA presents biennial awards to producers of materials used in the teaching of geography.

>> Guidelines
>> Information flyer
>> Entry form

Entries should be sent to
AGTA Awards Convenor
Joanne Wegener
c/- Concordia College,
45 Cheltenham St, Highgate SA 5063

Closing date: Friday 19th September 2014

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Seventy Primary teachers gathered at the Melbourne Museum on the 26 May to hear about Place-Based Learning from Award winning My Place author Nadia Wheatley.

Nadia focussed on our seven new Australian Curriculum Geography concepts of Place, Space, Interconnection, Change,Environment, Sustainability and Scale. She related them to the indigenous Pupanya model of education Ngurra that places Country at the centre of learning. Naida allowed us to imagine a world where there was one word for land, home, homeland, neighbourhood, habitat,environment,burrow, nest ... Ngurra (Country) is at the centre of everything.

This was followed by workshops on the new curriculum delivered by the Education Officers of the GTAV Stephen Latham and HTAV Richard Smith along with speakers from the GTAV Global Education Project Marilyn Snider, Melbourne and Immigration Museums, AgriFood Skills, Sovereign Hill and author Marianne Ward. A full array of publishers displayed their Geography and History resources.

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This well attended event on Monday 12th May was a great opportunity for VCE teachers to provide their input on the draft of the new VCE course. This was also our first GTAV Webinar and the feedback has been extremely positive. Many questions and comments were fielded from the floor by VCAA's Monica Bini and also Review Panel members Ray Pask and Stephen Cranby. Thank you to the many members who responded either to the VCAA or made contributions to the GTAV Submission. Particular thanks to the GTAV Committee who met on Saturday 17th May at the start of the Strategic Planning Day to develop the GTAV Submission. Pictured right: 

RMIT Urban Futures Geography Competition

Click here for the link to a colour poster for the 2014 Competition. Please encourage and facilitate an entry from all of your Years 10 to 12 students. It is great subject promotion and the Awards night is a highlight of the year. Students need to submit a photo or image of an urban problem and explain the problem and their idea for a solution in 200-300 words. Closing date is 24th August 2014.

2014 Patron's Function : A Great Night patron forum 2014 life members.JPG

Members of the wider Geography community gathered together recently for a terrific evening at The Royal Society of Victoria. The Patron’s Function, incorporating the AGM, has become a key event in the GTAV calendar – this was a night where representatives of industry with a keen interest in Geography, members from the tertiary sector, GTAV Life members and Friends,  and teachers of Geography across all education sectors came together to be a part of the forum which debated the issue ”Does Victoria need another national park?”

Special thanks to our forum panel members Dr Chris Taylor, Dr Bill Birch, Tim Johnston and David Blair and GTAV Patron Rob Gell, our facilitator. We appreciated the passion that they brought to the debate and thank the audience for their lively involvement. 

The GTAV AGM highlighted the achievements of the GTAV during 2013 and we are delighted to announce that the GTAV Founders’ Address at the 2014 Annual Conference will be in honour of GTAV Life member, Hec Gallagher.

Pictured at the AGM are Christine Lower and Life Members John Collins, Rob Berry, Hec Gallagher and Bill Stringer along with GTAV Executive Officer Libby Hillman.