Sutherland Falls, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Samuel Ferrara, Unsplash.

Tēnā koe everyone,

This year has not been like any other in recent memory. From the very beginning of the year there were concerns about COVID-19 after our AGM was held at Marist College. This soon grew to all Scholarship Geography Exam Workshops held in conjunction with the University of Auckland being cancelled and later, limits of gathering sizes and ongoing community transmission meant that it was not feasible to proceed with organising our annual Quiz Evening at St Cuthbert’s.

Early on, before we entered into Level 4 lockdown, the AGTA created a dedicated website to share resources and provide guidance and assistance with setting up offsite learning programmes. Among the material offered on this website were some of the materials Jane Evans has made this year in her role as the NZBoGT Kaiārahi including assessment materials based around COVID019.

The AGTA suspended collecting all membership fees for 2020 and opened the doors to its resources to all staff across the country. To date, we now have 321 users on the website, including 18 new schools on top of all schools who were members of AGTA in 2019. Our offer of “free membership” has been greatly received across the country. The hope is that this will result in a high number of membership renewals in 2021. AGTA has also continued to assist teachers with moderating work throughout the year.

Mammatus are a type of cloud that appear in association with strong thunderstorms. These loomed over Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

Photograph: Boris Jordan, finalist in the Royal Meteorological Society’s Weather Photographer of the Year awards.

While we had bold ideas at the beginning of the year about what we wanted to achieve as a committee (running a number of PD workshops, updating the website – a long, running project, Quiz Evening & End of Year Teachers’ Day), the reality is that with education having taken such a drastically new direction this year, many of these projects have fallen by the wayside as each of us on the committee have ploughed our efforts in trying to keep our students in each of our respective schools on track through two lockdowns.

Sadly, that means that while the COVID-19 level has dropped to Level 1 in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, we will not be hosting our usual End of Year Teachers’ Day this year. Organising an event this year, where we have historically hosted 100 staff from all corners of the country in one place, could pose a transmission risk (albeit, there is a low chance of this right now). While the 2020 committee did consider the possibility of hosting a virtual event, we were not confident of having sufficient time and resources to host an event in an online space that would be equivalent in value to attending our usual end-of-year events, whilst making it available in a format that everyone could easily access.

We know this will be a disappointment to some of you. Rest assured, the AGTA committee, are already eager to get things underway for 2021 in the hope that we can resume our normal workshops, professional development opportunities, quiz evenings and End of Year Teachers’ Day.

We will be kicking off the year with our Annual General Meeting, which we can confirm will be held on

Wednesday, February 10th at Marist College, starting at 4.30 PM. 

At this AGM, as well as ratifying membership rates for the year and reporting back on 2020, there will be the election of two key roles on the committee: Chairperson and Treasurer. We warmly encourage any of you based in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland who may be interested in these positions to attend the 2021 AGM. Please do get in touch if you have queries about what each of these roles entails and what is involved in being a committee member for AGTA.

You can register to attend the 2021 AGTA AGM by following this link here. 

All of us on the AGTA Committee wish you all the very best for the remaining weeks of this term and for your senior students as they finish preparations for external exams.
While the majority of us won’t be jetting overseas for a summer break this year, we nevertheless hope that you manage to have a restful and rejuvenating holiday and festive season.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

2021 AGTA AGM

Wednesday, February 10th, 4.30 PM

Marist College

The 2021 AGTA AGM will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at Marist College and we would love you to attend!

Register your interest to attend here. 

Directions to car parking and access to the venue at Marist College can be found here. Please note that access to the venue for our AGM is via Gate B (Staff Carpark) on Kitenui Avenue and NOT through the main entrance to Marist College on Alberton Ave.

Register your interest to attend here. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact upon daily life. Many of us are in schools that are in the process of preparing to shift to off-site learning for an unknown period of time. Depending on where your school is at on the journey to implementing a regular programme based largely around online learning, creating an offsite-learning programme might be a sizeable task.

We at the AGTA want to help. Here’s how:

  1. For 2020, the AGTA is suspending collecting ALL membership fees. This means that for you and your school, membership to the AGTA and all of our resources is FREE. If you know of colleagues around New Zealand who might benefit from a free AGTA membership or any of our resources, ask them to get in touch! Simply email agtassociation@gmail.com
  2. From today, we will be hosting and regularly updating a page which contains links to resources and websites with fantastic free resources for you to use when putting together your off-site teaching programmes. Link here: bit.ly/AGTAsupport
  3. If you need help with marking or moderation, get in touch and we will try to pair you with a colleague nearby, or elsewhere in the country who can assist

If you have resources, links or tips and tricks you would like to share with others as we continue adding to this page, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have recently updated our resources, tips and sites of interest to help you in putting together an off-site teaching programme. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Link here: bit.ly/AGTAsupport

Tēnā koe everyone,

We hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break, whether it involved hitting the slopes, exploring a new corner of our beautiful country, or merely setting up camp in front of the tv with a glass of wine.

This term is a busy one for the teaching calendar and disruptions from COVID-19 continue to add extra work for us all. Be kind to one another and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need help, advice or support.

Practice exams are now live and available for members to use. You can find these under the header “Exams” or by following these links:

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Scholarship

Let us know if you found them useful – we love getting feedback from our members.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

We have recently updated our resources, tips and sites of interest to help you in putting together an off-site teaching programme. Check it out and let us know what you think!

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to impact upon daily life. Many of us are in schools that are in the process of preparing to shift to off-site learning for an unknown period of time. Depending on where your school is at on the journey to implementing a regular programme based largely around online learning, creating an offsite-learning programme might be a sizeable task.

We at the AGTA want to help. Here’s how:

  1. For 2020, the AGTA is suspending collecting ALL membership fees. This means that for you and your school, membership to the AGTA and all of our resources is FREE. If you know of colleagues around New Zealand who might benefit from a free AGTA membership or any of our resources, ask them to get in touch! Simply email agtassociation@gmail.com
  2. From today, we will be hosting and regularly updating a page which contains links to resources and websites with fantastic free resources for you to use when putting together your off-site teaching programmes.
  3. If you need help with marking or moderation, get in touch and we will try to pair you with a colleague nearby, or elsewhere in the country who can assist

If you have resources, links or tips and tricks you would like to share with others as we continue adding to this page, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

AGTA AGM

Tēnā koe all,

Our 2020 AGM was held on Wednesday, March 18th at Marist College.

A copy of the meeting minutes can be found here

as well as a copy of the Chairperson’s report, which can be found here.

Stay safe and stay well in these uncertain times everyone.

Mā te wā,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Mariska, Maddy, Natazia and Ryan – AGTA Committee 2020

Scholarship workshops cancelled

The AGTA is highly conscious of the possible risks posed by the coronavirus COVID-19, particularly given the nature of our scholarship workshops, which draw a large number of students from across the geographic spread of Auckland. The welfare of students and teachers at our events is always our number one priority.

Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel all of this year’s planned scholarship geography workshops.

The AGTA appreciates this will undoubtedly cause disappointment to schools and students who were planning to attend. We will endeavour to continue delivering high-quality resources to assist you with teaching scholarship to your students.

At this stage, we are hesitant to make a decision about other AGTA events, including our annual quiz evening and EoY course, both of which are due to take place later this year. Once the committee for 2020 has formed, we will discuss these issues in-depth and assess the level of risk at that point in time before reaching a conclusion.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,

Aidan, Heather, Hannah, Mary, Eleanor, Mallory, Gill, Michelle, Jane, Briar, Holly – AGTA Committee 2019

Welcome back everyone for another exciting year of Geography teaching.

After a decent summer break, AGTA are back and rearing to get on with the important job of supporting Geography teachers to excel in the classroom. As always, we will be sharing with you relevant links, useful resources you can implement in your teaching, along with professional development, practice exams, support and advice.