Mike’s News Jan 25

31 Jan World leprosy day. Link here
1-28 Feb Bikewise month https://can.org.nz/article/february-is-bikewise-month
1-28 Feb Heart Awareness Month www.heartfoundation.org.nz/for-women
1 Feb Chinese New Year begins (year of the tiger) https://chinesenewyear.net/
2 Feb World Wetlands Day DoC’s wetland page
4 Feb World Cancer Day http://www.worldcancerday.org/
7 Feb National Periodic Table day http://www.periodictableday.org/
Moon 3Q Jan 26      NM Feb 1      1Q Feb 9      FM Feb 17

2022 is the International Year of


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Student opportunities:
    • An Antarctic expedition in Feb invites year 1-12 students to join them virtually. The scientists will be mapping the seafloor, studying plankton, investigating sediment layers. Contact Joline at sea2schoolau@gmail.com
  3. Teacher Opportunities:
  4. Suggestions for getting back to school as well as 4 science posters https://gettingnerdywithmelandgerdy.com/top-ten-teacher-tips-back-school/
  5. Some start of the year, get-to-know-you activities:
  6. Suggestions to pass on to new staff: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Top-Tips-from-previous-new-staff.pptx


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
  8.  EfS:
    • An activity demonstrating connections in an ecosystem and how they may be impacted by climate change https://www.earthproject.org/boosters/nature_connections
    • The School Journal has a series of three articles on climate changeOur biggest challenge Jun 2018, Feedback May 2020; Reducing our footprint May 2021. Search here


  1. NCEA results released online on 20 Jan, Schol results on 10 Feb. NZQA says assessment schedules will be released late Jan/early Feb, 6 weeks earlier than usual. [Ian Torrie]

Can you help?

  1. “We are exploring the Socio-scientific issue of organ donation (for B3.2) & we are struggling to locate documentation of any person/groups who are against this. If you can help please contact me” rachel.drysdale@wghs.school.nz
  2. Researchers from Sydney Uni are looking to survey primary or HPE teachers about providing feedback for improving physical activity in children. Will take about an hour. https://sydney.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_26kxtI1rX8hWGoe
  3. House of Science is looking for volunteers to take kits between Shannon and Palmerston North. Please contact denise.keen@houseofscience.nz

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Kohia Teachers Centre, Ak uni campus, 78 Epsom Ave, gate 2.
  2. RASNZ offers astronomy courses – the 1st, Exploring the Solar System, starts 15 Feb. These webinars by Ngā Whetū Resources are at 7-9pm on Tuesdays for 8 weeks. Numbers limited. Recorded. $60 NZD. https://oxford.ngawhetu.nz/index.php
  3. Science is Cool 8 online conference 12 – 4 pm ET Fri 25 Feb (6-10 am NZST Sat 26 Feb). Sign up here https://www.thepocketlab.com/events/scic8
  4. An online course from Canterbury uni on volcanoes and their hazards (NZ & Iceland) avail free til 5 Mar. [Larraine Barton] https://www.edx.org/course/exploring-volcanoes-and-their-hazards-iceland-and-new-zealand



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