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Online Registrations Now Open
24, 25, 26 August 2014

Register here.

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Click here for the 40 page Conference Brochure
Register early to secure your place and for early bird discount. 
Tim Costello,
The Minister for Education Hon. Martin Dixon,
John Thwaites,
Tony Wheeler,
Sarah Rees,
Rob Adams,
Ian Rutherfurd,
Rob Gell
GTAV Founder Hec Gallagher
90 Presenters and
30 Resource Displayers
Call the office on 03 9824 835503 9824 8355 if you have any difficulty registering. We will assist.  




Interaction focuses on Interconnection

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

Feature article
Geographies of Interconnections – why consumption matters

Australian Curriculum: Geography and interconnection
Geography of a pencil
The concept of interconnection
Place and liveability
Tsunami: The Ultimate Guide

Primary Geographer
The literacy of Geography
Small children blog about big issues
Year 6 natural disaster inquiry unit

Traveller’s Corner

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

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.

New AusVELS-AC Geography Curriculum for 2015 Implementation

The VCAA website currently has the old VELS curriculum labelled AusVELS until they shortly release the new AusVELS-AC curriculum.

This is the link to VCAA website to the new Geography course for next year for Foundation to Year 10. It is only missing the Glossary, reference to the three Cross Curriculum Priorities and hyperlinks. These will be released shortly in the AusVELS-AC area of the VCAA website. It is a bit difficult to find on the VCAA website so we present it here.

GTAV is continuing to focus on supporting teachers and schools in the implementation this exciting new Geography curriculum through Professional Learning and Conferences. 

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.

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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.