2019 AGTA Year 12 & 13 Quiz

Congratulations to this year’s winners, Mt Albert Grammar. Coming in close behind with second were Takapuna Grammar and Lynfield College in third.

Thanks to everyone who took part in this event, including all teachers who gave up their time to coach teams and be there on the night as well as the AGTA Committee for organising superb questions!

1st Place winners, Mount Albert Grammar. From left: Ben Bachelor-Cook, Freeman McCall, Samantha Persson & Aidan Skinner. 

2nd Place: Takapuna Grammar. From left: Silas Cole, Ollie Arthur-Hunt, Alex Blair & Joseph Kershan                                                    3rd Place: Lynfield College.   From left:   Ishaan Bhide, Shayan Rezakhan-Kermani, Krish Lal & Zoe Armstrong

Exciting learning opportunity – GIS and drones!

Want to explore GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and UAVs (drones) at our free camps?

 

In October, Dr Cadey Korson and Dr John Lowry from the Geography programme, Dr Kristin Stock from Information Technology and Matt Irwin from Agriculture and Environment, will host two four-day GIS and UAV (drone) camps for Year 9-12 students at Massey University’s Albany campus. The camp will introduce students to the principles of, and careers in, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Unpersoned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). GIS is a digital database that contains, catalogues, analyses and presents geographic information as a series of digital map layers.

GIS career opportunities are growing by 30% each year in digital sciences, planning and policy, engineering, education, communication, environmental management, public health and law. This camp combines technical and hands-on activities. Massey University is partnering with local agencies and businesses to ensure lots of fun and informative experiences for you. Find out how science and technology affect your life through field trips and other activities. No prior GIS or UAV experience is required. The camps are free. Transportation to and from the Albany campus and snacks will be provided (lunch is not provided). However, students may be responsible for their own transportation to and from a centralised pick-up point.
Year 9/10 Camp dates: 30 September – 3 October 2019 (tentatively 9:30-4pm)
 
Year 11/12 Camp dates: 7 – 10 October 2019 (tentatively 9:30-4pm)
How to register: Spaces are limited, so registration will be competitive. Interested students, who live in the Auckland area, should submit a brief 200-250 word letter of interest or a 2-3 minute video describing themselves and why they want to participate in the camps. Students should submit their letter or video via the following link and complete the associated form. Students in Year 10 and 11 will be given priority, but all applications will be considered. The registration deadline is 15 August 2019. The registration form can be found at https://masseyuni.wufoo.com/forms/gis-and-uav-drone-y10-y11-camps/
Registration will close on 15 August and students will be notified via email regarding their acceptance within three weeks by Dr Cadey Korson. Any questions should be directed to Dr Korson at C.Korson@massey.ac.nz or via phone on (09) 213 6475.

We at the AGTA hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break, whether it involved jetting abroad for a break or setting up camp in front of the tv with a glass of wine.

This term is a busy one for the teaching calendar and also for AGTA events! See below for a list of all that is coming up over this term. We have recently added a calendar to our front page which lists upcoming events. Click on the date of an event and you will be taken to a page with more details about this event, as well as directions on how to get there.

Practice exams are now live and available for members to use. You can find these under the header “Exams”. Let us know if you found them useful – we love getting feedback from our members.

Upcoming events:

 EOY Course

Date: Friday 29th November
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Kohia Education Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Epsom, Auckland 1023.

Registrations for this event will open in the next several weeks.

Thank-you

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Thank-you everyone for all your support and love of geography whilst I have been the chairperson of the AGTA these past few years. I have loved being involved with the AGTA but it is time for someone else to revitalize the team and take the committee and AGTA to new heights. 

I will still attend  AGTA committee meetings just giving others an opportunity to steer it in a different (better) direction).

Please find attached my chairperson’s report for the last year. The very best of wishes for 2019!

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Congratulations to the new committee and to Aidan Daly, the new chairperson!

Mā te wā

Mary Robinson

 

Auckland Council Geography Careers Event: You should really bring your students to this event!!!!!

Nathan Heazlewood from the Auckland City Council has put together a really exciting programme for our Year 13 students on March 20th. the speaker list has expanded since my last email to you and includes not only:

Dr. Joseph Kerski who will be talking about the importance of geography

but also

US Consul General Katelyn Choe who will give a talk about the importance of understanding geography for work in international diplomacy.

Sarah Allerton- GIS Consultant at Eagle Technology. Sarah will talk about using GIS in New Zealand’s key primary industries, particularly forestry.

and

Georgia Edwards – Biology Information Graduate at Auckland Council.

Prajakta Niphadkar – Hydraulic Modeller at Aurecon

Alastair Grimson – Geospatial Specialist at Auckland Council

Nadine Tupp-Budding socio-ecologist at AUT

Sally Be – Senior GIS Analyst in Healthy Waters, Auckland Council

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Joseph and these other speakers will  talk with students on

Wednesday 20th March from 1pm to 3.30pm at Auckland City Council HQ

 – floor 28 – the views are simply spectacular!

 Are you interested in attending? Are your students interested in attending?

We can accommodate up to 50 students for this exciting event.

 Click here to register

Testimonials

“Thank you very much, honestly AGTA has been the greatest help I have found as a geography teacher. Really appreciate the resources and usefulness of the website. Being the only Geo teacher in my region its great connecting with others.”   – Aidan Bonisch, Buller High School

“The resources on the website, the FB posts, the courses you offer and the support you give is excellent. Thank-you” 

“The resources provided are awesome, likewise the workshops that are organized and the exams – absolutely invaluable”. – Laura Edwards, Dilworth

“The resources, exam questions we can use for formative exams, courses, links to interesting information relevant to our subject, scholarship lectures, easy to ask advice and questions are great, and everyone is friendly and approachable” – Justine McIntosh, Long Bay College

Thanks again for the work you do with AGTA. – Colette Budler, Kingsway School

“We had awesome feedback regarding your PD so thank you very much!!!! Hope you were not too tired after traveling the length of the country twice in a day!” – Simon Cushen, King’s High School, Dunedin

“Thanks for hosting me at your school and sharing your resources with me -it’s surprising how similar (and how different) geography teaching and learning is in Australia and NZ.” – Barb Hunt, Adelaide

And why you should join the committee “Coming on to the AGTA has built my confidence in teaching to such a great extent and I feel lucky for being around such knowledgeable, experienced teachers.” – Hannah Wood, Secretary