Mike’s News Aug 3

2-8 AugCook Islands Maori Language week  www.mpia.govt.nz
4 AugCSIRO webinar about using GLOBE to study earth’s 4 spheres 6:30-7:10 pm NZT
5 AugDeadline to register for NZIBO www.nzibo.org
6 Aug4-4:45pm Science Learning Hub webinar on freshwater monitoring Register here.
6 Aug 1945Hiroshima Day http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
9-15 AugMaths Week    www.mathsweek.org.nz/  
10 AugDeadline for L1 science subject list consultation. Go here
10Aug1897Aspirin discovered https://www.sciencehistory.org/historical-profile/felix-hoffmann
15-23 AugConservation week www.doc.govt.nz
MoonFM 4 Aug        3Q 12 Aug      NM 19 Aug      1Q 26 Aug     
  1. Conservation Week is now 15-23 Aug. At doc.govt.nz/conservationweek find quiz, events, activities. Nature Taster activities here. Activities on natives & pests here.


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching:
  4.  Literacy:
  5.  Revision:
    • To find out how to set up your study space at home watch the Study Enviro Rap on YouTube. Please Click Here
  6. Digital support
  7. Sarah Gaze is doing research on Climate Change teaching for her masters. If you have even thought about teaching climate change please consider responding to her survey: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Climate-Change-teaching-survey.pdf
  8. Correction: please send nominations for SCENZ regional reps to suzanne.scourfield@wghs.school.nz


  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science of COVID-19:
  1. EfS:
  1. Primary
  1. Nature of Science

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Learning Network NZ PLD for both primary & secondary, face to face course in Auckland on Co-teaching & Collaboration – the why & how of teaching together. 14 Aug.
  2. Core-Ed offers an advanced Leadership Program for women in education, any sector. A 6-month course with online, challenge and peer coaching sessions. Apply now to start Feb 2021 https://www.core-ed.org/professional-learning-solutions/advanced-leadership/
  3. ASCD virtual conference 13-14 Aug. Info here.
  4. Until 14 Aug Education Hub is offering NZ schools the chance to participate in Evidence-Based Education’s award-winning Assessment Lead Programme. $2000, but a 50% subsidy for 10 schools. This PLD supports schools in rethinking their approach to assess-ment & to implementing change. https://theeducationhub.org.nz/assessment-lead-course/
  5. Auckland’s Sustainable schools PLD on Gardening, 12 Aug register with TChristie@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz by 10 Aug.
  6. Nature photography workshops for Auckland schools by nature photographer Tushar Sharma (tusharma.com) from registered charity IMAgEN8 www.imagen8.co.nz. Nurture a Love for Nature workshops develop digital photography skills and improve mental wellbeing. Please see theworkshop flyer for more info. Art teachers may also be interested.
  7. “Calling all Auckland/Northland Earth and Space Science teachers!! Any interest in attending a teacher day at Auckland uni on 20 November? Please take a minute to complete this form. Please share with any/all in your ESS network that we might not have contact details for!” ESSE 
  8. Learn how to test the health of the stream waters within the Whau River Catchment area, Tues 11 August 10am. Contact justine@whauriver.org.nz or 021627864.

Cheers, Mike