The Great Southern has had another very successful year competing in state competitions. The Science Teacher's Association of Western Australia (STAWA) run the statewide Science Talent Search Competition. Several schools in the Great Southern received commendations and Albany Senior High School student Natasha Vermeulen and Darren de Vos won first and third place in the Senior Investigations Category. Natasha also achieved the coveted STAWA Young Scientist Award for the second year in a row. Albany Senior High School was awarded the 'Secondary Science School of the Year'.

If you are looking for technical advice and your school technician is at a dead end - check for the latest guidelines and information from the Regional Technicians Group who will supply you with all the support you need.

If you are looking for tips on how to run a successful 'Gifted and Talented' program then contact Tracy Brothers who has been leading the highly successful and well reviewed Marine Science Research group at Albany Senior high School. Both Tracy Brothers (ASHS) and Dave Cooper (North Albany Senior High school) are very well versed in successful applications for grants and have managed to supplement teaching and learning provision beneficially in this way.

Make sure that you take advantage of the up to date resources from STAWA and SPICE. Science Assist is a website managed by ASTA which provides support, resources and up to date safety advice. Another great resource is the Australian Academy of Science who have several new programs such as 'Science by Doing' designed to increase engagement in science, 'NOVA: Science in the News' and 'Eureka Moments' which highlights fifty years of Australian science.

National Youth Science Forum and Science Experience - Great Southern Science Council financial support

The Great Southern Science Council is offering a scholarship to Year 11 high school students in the Albany/Great Southern area who have been chosen to attend the National Youth Science Forum by the WA District Rotary 9465. The Council's intention for the scholarship is to strengthen the skills and knowledge of science in some future adults.

A scholarship of up to $500 is available and is additional to, and in conjunction with, support provided by the Rotary Club of Albany Port. GSSC reserves the right to determine how, and how much of this fund is provided to one or more students.

To apply for this scholarship, a student should provide the following to the GSSC:

  • The application submitted to the local Rotary Club who supported the nomination.
  • A written commitment to how the student would acknowledge the support provided by GSSC at the Forum.
  • A written commitment to a presentation(s) by the student post-Forum about their experiences, the benefits derived, and how the Forum influenced decisions about their future education. This presentation could be either/or at a GSSC meeting or GSSC sponsored event such as Science Rocks, the student's school or at another meeting with GSSC members in attendance (for example at a Rotary meeting).
  • Proof of approval to attend from the WA District Rotary.
The scholarship fund provided will be administered via the Rotary Club of Albany Port and their financial support arrangements with the Forum organisers.

Applications are to be provided to

More information can be found on the National Youth Science Forum website

Science Experience

This program is supported by Rotary National and involves three or four day events at the four Perth based universities in December 2007 and January 2018 (as well as at other Unis across Australia). It is for year 9 and 10 students with a registration fee of $150 for three-day and $200 for four-day courses. It is non-competitive with registrations accepted on a first come, best dressed arrangement.

The Rotary Club of Albany Port will provide registration fees for up to ten students to attend. Please apply to .

The Great Southern Science Council will consider supporting students in excess of those by Port Rotary. Please contact the .

For more information can be found on the Science Experience website

Want to talk? 'Catalist' is the latest STAWA science teachers discussion forum.

High School Science Education Providers
Albany Senior High School
North Albany Senior High School
Mount Barker
St Josephs Catholic College
Gnowangerup District High School
Jerramungup District High School
Western Australian College of Agriculture
Great Southern Grammar
Bethal Christian School

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

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

Grants available

  National Science Week

Teacher conferences


Discussion groups


Technical advice

  Julie Carey