SCPS events for schools

The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences is again offering Outreach educational programmes in Chemistry and Physics for 2019. The programmes will provide your students with opportunities to visit Victoria University and experience the excitement of experimental Chemistry and Physics in a tertiary educational environment. We intend the programme to extend to students who have a strong interest in these sciences and who enjoy a challenge.

If you are a Secondary School teacher and would like to receive up-to-date emails on our events, please contact Joyce Lan (

More information on the following Outreach Events will be made available during the year.

Chemistry NZIC Quiz 12th June

Physics Senior Lab Experience Days 18 - 20th June 

Chemistry Senior Lab Experience Days 25 - 27th June 

Chemistry Scholarship Practical Workshop - 2nd July

Study at Vic Open Day - 23rd August

Chemistry Scholarship Theory Workshop - October, Date TBD

Physics Scholarship Theory Workshop - October, Date TBD

Junior Lab Experience Days, Chemistry and Physics 12 - 14th November (Tentative)

Whanganui combined Chemistry/Physics Teachers' Day - 19th November

Auckland Chemistry Teachers' Day - 21st November

Auckland Physics Teachers’ Day (Not Offered in 2019)

Wellington Physics Teachers’ Day - 27th November

Wellington Chemistry Teachers’ Day - 29th November

Nelson combined Chemistry/Physics Teachers’ Day - 3rd December

NZIC Quiz (12th June)

The annual New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (Wellington Branch) Chemistry Quiz is hosted in association with Victoria University of Wellington, and is open to teams from all secondary schools in the greater Wellington area.

Senior Lab Experience Days

Physics Senior Lab Experience Day 18 - 20th June registration- closed

Chemistry Senior Lab Experience Day 25 - 27th June registration-closed

This year, we will be running full-day chemistry and half day physics lab experience days. We will provide lunch for the students. These programs will be suitable for Year 13 and advanced Year 12 students. The registration link for these days are above.

Chemistry Scholarship Practical Workshop 2nd July

This day is designed to provide students with guided practice for carrying out experiments in the laboratory with an emphasis on why you are performing certain tasks, and to practice using data to solve problems in chemistry.

Scholarship Practice Days (October, Date TBD)

Physics Scholarship Workshop

Chemistry Scholarship Workshop

Join our Faculty staff for our popular scholarship series, where you’ll be given guidance on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to get the best chance possible. Lunch is provided on all days.

Junior Lab Experience Days, Chemistry and Physics 12 - 14th November (Tentative)

The aim of this day is to engage able year 10 students in some cutting edge science experiments related to chemistry and physics. Students will work in two laboratories, see presentations from people working in related areas, and tour research facilities at Victoria University. Throughout the program students will learn about the process of science, see the relevance of science to their own lives and the potential of science to solve some of the big issues that face the world today.

The program will run over three days (typically in November). This year's theme and registration link will be available later in the year.

Chemistry and Physics Teachers' Days

Whanganui Combined Chemistry/Physics Teachers' Day 19th November

Auckland Chemistry Teachers' Day 21st November

Wellington Physics Teachers' Day 27th November

Wellington Chemistry Teachers' Day 29th November

Nelson Combined Chemistry/Physics Teachers' Day 3rd December

This year Victoria University is offering its Chemistry Teachers’ Days in Wellington, Auckland, Nelson, and Whanganui, and Physics Teachers' Day in Wellington, Nelson, and Whanganui. These days provide an opportunity for teachers to network and learn from each other, think about some of the latest developments in their favourite discipline and discuss topical educational matters. Please feel free to let us know if there is something in particular that you would like to learn about or see addressed at these events.

A more detailed program will be sent out later in the year..