Gippsland Science Educators Network (GSEN)
Wednesday, October 27 at 4.000pm
Monash Gippsland 3W153 Tute Room 4 Gippsland Medical School
Home of GSEN: http://gsen.wikispaces.com/
Sam Franzi Catholic Education Office (Secondary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick McCann Flinders Christian Community College Patrick.McCann@flinders.vic.edu.au
Jenny Canovan GAP Project Jennifer.email@example.com
Erica Matthews GAP Project Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Anderson Gippsland Grammar Steve.email@example.com
Adam Hogan Kurnai College GEP Campus firstname.lastname@example.org
Nik Bagshaw Maffra Secondary College email@example.com
Dan Crowe Nagle College Dcrowe@nagle.vic.edu.au
John Russo Nagle College Jrusso@nagle.vic.edu.au
Ian Cooke Nagle College Icooke@nagle.vic.edu.au
Dale Simmons Powerworks firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary-lyn Draper Traralgon College Draper.email@example.com
Deidre Tile Traralgon College Junior Campus firstname.lastname@example.org
By video link:
Luke Molan Mallacoota P-12 College email@example.com
Onno Van den Eynde (Vanda) DEECD firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Young Lowanna College email@example.com
Felicity Leahy Lowanna College firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacinta Preston Nagle College
Suzanne Farley Lavalla College email@example.com
Mary Peatling Catholic College Sale firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Apologies: Action
3. Minutes of previous meeting:
Minutes from Establishment Meeting held September 8, 2010
4. Appointment of meeting chair:
Nik Bagshaw Maffra SC was appointed meeting chair. Nik thanked
members for the opportunity to take on a new challenge and provided
his vision for how the Network could develop, particularly around the
geographic and time challenges.
5. General business:
5.1 Future meeting arrangements: It was agreed during Each school to nominate a
discussion that Wednesday meetings still suited most at this stage, core group representative
and alternate at next
with a preferred 4pm start time. Monthly meetings will continue during
meeting. Senior and junior
the establishment phase and will be open to all Gippsland science campuses can each have a
educators and lab technicians. One representative and alternate from representative.
each school will form a (consistent) core group; this would ensure all
participating schools are represented, also providing the opportunity
for all staff to access meeting information and outcomes, raise issues,
discuss ideas, etc., from their core group representative/s.
To enable access to as many teachers as possible some meetings will
be held at various schools across Gippsland; this will also enable
attending teachers to look at work samples and school facilities.
5.3 VCAA presentation: The preferred date for the presentation Nik will develop a social
media site to enable
by VCAA’s Science Curriculum Manager, Maria James will be 1pm on
construction for Maria, to
March 2 at Monash Gippsland. Maria now needs an indication from be finalised at next
teachers on how to structure her presentation; it was suggested that a meeting. GAP will organise
round table discussion could be included in the format. venue, and provide lunch.
Discussion on suggested content included (i) the three strands:
(science understanding; science inquiry skills; and science as a
human endeavour), (ii) structure, (iii) comparison/similarities with other
curriculums and (iv) text books.
Note: Maria will also present at the 2011 Gippsland Secondary
Science Educators Conference (2011GSSEC).
It was determined that after Maria’s presentation on March 2, 2011 a Agenda item for this
meeting March 2, 2011:
GSEN meeting will be held.
discuss how Maria can
structure her session for
Note: Nagle College and Flinders Christian Community College are
trialling the Australian Curriculum next year.
5.4 New SASE unit: An overview of the proposed new science
communication subject for delivery by the School of Applied Sciences
and Engineering at Monash Gippsland was provided; teachers are
asked to consider working with Jenny Mosse during the development
5.5 Secondary mathematics sample material: Luke Molan GAP Project will send
Mallacoota SC, Diedre Tile Traralgon College and Patrick McCann material to these teachers.
Flinders Christian Community College will provide feedback on the Yr
7-10 sample material developed by the GAP Project’s Secondary
5.6 2011 Events: Suggested topics:
ICT in the Science Classroom
Habits of Mind: http://www.instituteforhabitsofmind.com/
(Maffra SC are introducing this program)
Capacity building: creating community relationships and links
Resources and ideas for engagement
Engaging Yrs 7 and 8 students
Student directed learning
Open ended learning
Problem based learning and
Teacher knowledge exchange.
6. Other business/general discussion:
6.1 Anticipating the new curriculum: It was noted that teachers
are holding off buying text books and planning to use electronic
materials as an interim measure. Oxford’s Big Ideas is of high quality,
written by experts and professionals.
6.2 On line space: Discussion of the creation of an on line GSEN Nik will work with John
space: Ning, Edmodo, Facebook, Wiki, Wikispace for teachers took Russo on creating this
place. Ning has some limitations and are starting to charge and
Wikiespaces provide teachers with a free upgrade to private. This
space will enable:
Teacher knowledge exchange
Sharing of information and documents
Calendar of events
6.3 Activity for Yr 10 students: Powerworks hosts the annual www.powerworks.com.au/
RACI Hartung Youth Lecture held during National Science Week. The
event is for Yr 10 students, Yrs 11 and 12 students are welcome to
attend. The lectures are aimed to inspire a love and fascination of
chemistry. Powerworks is a not for profit organisation.
6.4 Comments: The Traralgon Chapter of Rotary is not aware GAP to ask TSE organizers
that The Science Experience (TSE) is being run at Monash Gippsland to update Traralgon Rotary
6.5 Teacher knowledge: Physics teacher from Traralgon SC, www.stelr.org.au/
Mike Parsons was acknowledged for his work using STELR and
creating community links and a potential speaker.
7. Closing: In closing the meeting the Chair Nik Bagshaw thanked Teachers will receive email
teachers for attending and acknowledged the support of the GAP notification of online space
Project. To solidify meeting discussions the online space will be
created as a priority and Nik encouraged teachers to develop their Space now created:
ideas for the Australian Curriculum presentation by Maria James on http://gsen.wikispaces.com/
March 2, 2011, for discussion at the next meeting.
8. Next meeting: 4pm Wednesday November 24, 2010 Consider method of linking
to Luke Molan at
Venue: Maffra Secondary College Mallacoota SC
Chair: Nik Bagshaw