11 March Mike’s News

11 Mar. Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop North Auckland 3:30 – 5:45pm.
11-17 Mar International Brain Awareness Week  www.neurological.org.nz
13-16 Mar Ak ASB Polyfest.                         www.asbpolyfest.co.nz
13 Mar Walk to work day.                        www.livingstreets.org.nz
14 Mar World Kidney Day.                       www.kidneys.co.nz
15 Mar Deadline to book for Ak Astro Soc Dark Sky Weekend. gavinlgn@gmail.com
19 Mar Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Central Auckland 6:30 – 8:45pm.
20 Mar Deadline to apply for the term 3 intake of the Science Teaching Leadership Program
21 Mar Autumnal Equinox NZ             http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
21 Mar World Forestry Day                      www.fitec.org.nz
21 Mar World Down Syndrome Day         http://www.un.org/en/events/downsyndromeday/
22 Mar World Water Day                          www.emap.rsnz.org  http://www.worldwaterday.org/
22 Mar Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop South Auckland 3:30 – 5:45pm.
23 Mar World Meteorological Day.           www.metservice.co.nz   à Learning Centre
24 Mar World Tuberculosis day                www.stoptb.org
25 Mar BEANZ workshop 9am-1pm, Karamu HS, ethical thinking sgunn@karamu.school.nz
Moon 1Q Mar 14          FM Mar 21         3Q Mar 28          NM Apr 5


  1. Pedagogy:
  2. Need some $$$ for STEM equipment? Want some solar panels for your school? Apply to Genesis School-Gen Trust by April 12. https://www.genesisschoolgentrust.org.nz
  3. Royal Society talk – Prof Rangi Matamua shares his detailed knowledge about Matariki and highlights connections between cultural knowledge and science at several cities in both NZ & Australia. Starting 11 April  https://royalsociety.org.nz/events/.
  4. Whitebait connection is a citizen science LEOTC provider who come in to your school and support you in teaching and learning about whitebait & water quality, and then out in the field, sampling a local stream. Many schools & kura are finding their program useful. They are holding a Mountains to Sea National Wananga in Kaitaia 26-28 April (hols!). https://www.whitebaitconnection.co.nz/service/marine-and-freshwater-wananga.html


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. eLearning:
  4. Chemistry:
    • A periodic table scavenger hunt attached.
  5. Physics:
    • An interactive student activity investigating motion and mass and gravitational potential energy http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/gamesactivities/forcesinaction.html
    • An article in New Scientist 10 Nov 2018 described strategies to combat the lack of women in physics. Non-subscribers can access such articles from their local library.
  6. Science:
    1. Free TES activity making a model of El Nino & La Nina
  7. NoS

Can You Help?

“Samoa College Old Pupils Association here in NZ have a ‘Resource-Drive project” running this month, fundraising for resources like text books and science equipment our school could not afford due to very limited funding. So this is a small plea for science colleagues in Auckland if you have sci/bio/chem/phys textbooks (junior & senior level) or science equipment YOU NO LONGER NEED that you want to get rid of, I will happily take them away for you:) please email me.  Many many thanks in advance for your support of this great cause & science learning in the islands. Fa’afetai lava.” Pauai Faamanatu-Afele‎ mailto:ae@manurewa.school.nz

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Teacher’s Refresher Course Committee offers courses for teachers, by teachers. TRCC are running a one-day course in primary science education for primary & secondary teachers working together in a Community of Learning. Jul – Oct in Greymouth, Alexandra, Hamilton & Wellington. https://trcc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/TRCC-PSCI-flyer-FINAL.pdf
  2. Physikos is the major PD opportunity for NZ physics educators & it will be part of the NZIP conference at Canterbury uni, at the brand-new Ernest Rutherford building, 15-17 April. http://Confer.nz/nzip2019 & nzip2019@confer.co.nz
  3. Western Springs College / Ngā Puna o Waiōrea in Ak will host Mark Standley, a physics moderator on Mon April 8. $120 per person. The workshop will cover investigations P2.1 & P3.1 as well as P2.5 (atomic & nuclear Physics). Please email Kathryn Jenkin jenkink@wsc.school.nz
  4. The information for the workshops on years 1-10 science for Dunedin & Invercargill is now available. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Workshop-flyer-Invercargill-04-April-2019.pdf https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Workshop-flyer-Dunedin-05-April-2019.pdf

Cheers, Mike