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

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.

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

Tēnā koe everyone,

Since our last campaign email, and after taking on feedback from our members, AGTA have made the decision to change the venue of this year’s Annual General Meeting. The date for the AGM remains the same.

We hope that the new location at Marist College will make travelling to the AGM easier and might encourage you to attend – we would really love to see you there!

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.

We at the AGTA need your help. During the year, we work hard to provide you with quality resources, support and engaging workshops and competitions for your students. We do this because we want to support you to be the best Geography educators you can be.

Once a year we hold our Annual General Meeting and this year, we really need you to attend. Coming to our AGM is a great opportunity for you to have your voice heard, network with colleagues from other schools, as well as see what the plans are for AGTA to support you and other teachers during the year.

In order to successfully hold an AGM, we must have at least 15 schools in attendance – right now we are a long way from that number. If we don’t get enough members attending, we have to organise to hold our AGM again, which means delays to you being able to sort your membership (and access to the website and resources).

Will you do your part to help the AGTA and attend this year’s AGM?

Register your interest to attend here

We try to keep our AGMs nice and short and this year should be no different. However, we do want to make one constitutional amendment and to do that, we need at least 15 schools in attendance.

Here’s the constitutional amendment the committee wish to raise:

The first AGTA Scholarship Workshop for 2020 will take place on Thursday 26th March, 4.30pm at Auckland University. Location of the workshop yet tbc.

Dates for the other two Scholarship Workshops to be announced at this year’s AGM. Make sure you are there to hear these dates first!

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.