The Great Southern boasts some very experienced and enthusiastic primary science teachers. However, as primary educators we have to be proficient in a multitude of curriculum areas. Science is not always a favourite or easy subject to teach.

Luckily, the Great Southern has a network of passionate primary science teachers who are willing and able to support each other and new comers to the profession. Indeed a summary of local resources providers has been developed as a direct consequence of the GS Primary networks involvement in the STAWA ANC Pd program. A poster of locally available resources has been produced by the Western Australian Museum Albany (in conjunction with the GSSC and Inspiring Australia). The resources are all curriculum linked and cover incursions, excursions and in some cases provide a series of lessons and worksheets to help support the curriculum. Best of all, a reworked version is available on this web page (see below) or you can downlaod the original poster as a PDF. Check it out! It could really save you valuable time when planning and provide a focal highlight to your term's program.

If you would like advice on how to run a successful Science Club, Stephen Murray at Albany Primary School has been running a highly motivational 'Sciensteins' program with his students. This has recently been extended to the 'Robosteins', 'Inventionsteins' and 'Microsteins. Stephen is passionate about science teaching and has many years of experience in engaging and inspiring students. Albany Primary School is also actively involved in the Scientists in Schools Programe. If you need 'top tips' on developing and implementing primary science programs then Di Fry at South Stirling Primary is extremely committed and experienced in this area.

If you need advice on experimental design or equipment, Helen Barnett, the senior technician at Albany Senior High School is able to give advice and in some cases loan equipment on a short term basis.

Albany primary teachers have formed a new inter-school collaborative group aimed at teachers of Primary Science. It is called the Albany Primary Science Teachers group (AAPST). If you are interested in further details please contact

In addition to these local resources, Primary Science Chat is a state wide discussion group for all things science and Science Assist is a new program managed by the Australian Science Teacher's Association which provides support and advice about up to date resources and safety advice.

The Australian Academy of Science also provides information on Primary Connections and Back to Basics programs.

Life is so much easier when we work as team!

Do you want to contact local primary science teachers directly? If you want to ensure your professional development/resource opportunity gets to a teacher rather than getting lost in the school system, we suggest you use the list of local contacts below as a starting point.

Primary Science Education Providers
Albany Stephen Murray Stephen.L.Murray@education.wa.edu.au
Albany Colleen Pietropaolo Colleen.Pietropaola@education.wa.edu.au
Albany Hayley Ranger Hayley.Ranger@education.wa.edu.au
Denmark Jenni Harrison Jenni.Harrison@education.wa.edu.au
Flinders Park Maxine McLennan maxine.c.mclennan@education.wa.edu.au
Lockyer Shirley Mills Shirley.Mills@education.wa.edu.au
Lockyer Maria Christensen Maria.Christensen@education.wa.edu.au
Spencer Park Cathy Burges Catherine.Burges@education.wa.edu.au
Yakamia Bill Beard William.Beard@education.wa.edu.au
Mount Manypeaks Rebecca Pritchard Rebecca.Pritchard@education.wa.edu.au
South Stirling Liz Hall Elizabeth.Hall@education.wa.edu.au
Mount Barker Joanne Stone Joanne.Stone@education.wa.edu.au
Great Southern
 Grammar
 Fiona Gouldthorpe Fiona.Gouldthorp@gsg.wa.edu.au

Local resources

  Fisheries Department Marine waters
  WA Museum - Albany

Other resources

  Science Teacher's Association of Western Australia
  Scitech teacher resources
  Spice curriculum resources
  ASTA Scienceweb
  ASTA Science Assist
  TES Australia
  Australian Academy of Science

Science competitions

  ScienceIQ
On-line science quiz
  Science talent search
  Science and engineering challenge

Grants available

  National Science Week
  BP

Teacher conferences

  STAWA primary science conference

Discussion groups

  STAWA primary science chat

 


This is an on-line version of the GSSC One Stop Science Shop poster for primary science teachers. A quick and easy index to what is on offer to primary science teachers in the Great Southern and beyond.

You can download and save a printable version of the front [750kb PDF] and/or back [330kb PDF] of the poster.

 

Using the on-line poster:

Click on a button below to choose the desired year
Click on a provider name in the left hand column of the
table below to see their details in the box on the right