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.

 

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our End of Year Conference last Friday. A great day was had by all and many of us left with a greater appreciation of the storytelling that takes place in cartography, GIS, as well as a few tips and tricks to test out in the classroom next year.

A very special thanks to our keynote speakers Ana Krpo, Jane Evans and Chris McDowall for their engaging presentations. Thanks also to Steve Smith, Kira Clark, Gill Hanna, Mary Robinson and Heather Roberts for leading purposeful, relevant and interesting workshops on a variety of topics.

On another note, thank you to each and every one of our members who has participated in a cluster meeting, competition or Facebook discussion this year. Thank you to everyone who has shared a resource to the website or helped out a fellow Geographer in need of advice or support. You all help make the community of New Zealand Geographers one worth being a part of.

Have a restful, relaxing summer holiday and we look forward to working with you and supporting you next year to continue being excellent Geography educators.

Mā te wā,

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