Mike’s News 6 May

5May-4Jun Ramadan       http://islam.about.com/od/ramadan/tp/ramadan-hub.htm
6-12 May NZ Sign Language Week.                http://nzslweek.org.nz/ 
8 May National School Nurses Day (NZ)
9 May Royal Society Matariki course, 6pm, 159 Bright St, Gisborne. Info here.
10 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 5 Story Pl, Taupo. Info here.
10 May World Migratory Bird Day www.worldmigratorybirdday.org
11 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, Devon Hotel 390 Devon St, New Plymouth. Info here.
12 May World Nurses Day www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/nurses-day
13-17 May Bullying-free week.         https://www.bullyingfree.nz/bullying-free-new-zealand-week/
13-17 May Primary Science Week       http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/
16 May International Support Staff day
16 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, Millenium Hotel, 1270 Hinemaru St, Rotorua
16 May Centrally Funded PLD Proposals due Hawke’s Bay
17 May RS Matariki talk, 6pm, Vodofone Events Centre, 770 Great S Rd, Manukau
17 May Pink Shirt Day (bullying)            www.pinkshirtday.org.nz/
17 May Centrally Funded PLD Proposals due Auckland, BoP, Waikato
18 May Fascination of Plant Day                    www.plantday12.eu
20 May World Metrology Day
Moon1Q May 12.       FM May 19.         3Q May 27           NM Jun
  1. ASTA Dinner is May 16 at Ponsonby Cruising Club. Flier: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-ASTA-Dinner-Flier-1.pdf
  2. NZ Sign Language poster: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/NZSL-poster.pdf


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. The Tahi Rua Toru Tech 2019 challenge is now open for schools, kura and code clubs to sign up. Teams can undertake the challenge in English or Te Reo Māori. When you register for 123 Tech, you can select to download the resources in either Te Reo Māori or English. https://123tech.nz/about-123tech/get-involved
  3. Info here on the 2019 Tiritiri Fullers 360 Junior Science Award for a fully funded day on Tiritiri Matangi for 2 primary students & 2 adults. Closes 8 July:  https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/TiritiriFullers-Critera-n-Nomination-form-for-Junior-Science-Award-2019.docx
  4. Royal Society is celebrating the year of the period table with a T-shirt competition. Students design a funny or educational periodic table themed t-shirt to be in to win a fun bundle of prizes for themselves, their class mates & their school/kura. Download the t-shirt template from here. Then e-mail designs to annabel.hay@royalsociety.org.nz by Fri 24 May.


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Astronomy:
    • The best part of the Moon to view is usually along the terminator, the line that marks the location of lunar sunrise and sunset. Here, the Sun’s light casts long shadows that bring the Moon’s features into stark relief. This article explores the area around the crater Plato, the lunar Alpine Valley, and the surrounding mountains – sights visible with any small telescope.  https://cosmicpursuits.com/2491/moon-tour-plato-and-region/
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Science:
  7. EfS:
    • Watch LEARNZ’s vimeo at  https://vimeo.com/327896804  to find out how to make your own sweep net, tracking tunnel, pitfall trap or kick net.


  1. The mark schedules for the 2018 externals are now available online.
  2. Data for most of the 2018 NCEA science assessments has been downloaded into an Xcel spreadsheet linked to decile. Thanks to Dave Thrasher, St Cuths. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MuZrbcflN7RYVr2wtVVvZKfd8wMCNt7V/view?fbclid=IwAR3Pe0d1m6EleUQRuX1OR0AHoRRpOw10Avr2n7TD81M0KqWl5ENzf0AWuew

Can You Help?

Victoria University PhD candidate John Kerr is asking for responses to his survey of New Zealanders attitudes to and beliefs about science knowledge. https://www.stuff.co.nz/science/111281864/science-myths-and-skepticism-meet-the-researcher-surveying-kiwis-beliefs

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities 

  1. Alison Campbell is running a Scholarship Biology Workshop for keen students 10am-2:30pm Friday 26 July at Waikato uni. More details to be announced, but lock in the date.
  2. Bio Teachers’ Waikato BEANZ Regional Workshop will focus on the assessment of AS91604 Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment. Bring your questions & teaching resources, assessment tasks & moderation feedback to share & come along to meet Al Dixson & Sara Loughnane your new Regional Reps for BEANZ. 9:30am-3pm, Tuesday 4 June at St. Peter’s School, Cambridge. Flier:
  3. STELR https://stelr.org.au/ is an Australian organization that has developed 12 online science units, 2 of which (renewable energy & sustainable housing) have kits of practical gear associated. If you would like to host PLD, face to face or online, for schools in your region please contact STELR.Admin@applied.org.au
  4. Tues 7 May, 3:30pm, there is a free, informal, online teacher PLD session on LEARNZ Term 2 field trips. All welcome. Find out what’s on & how to integrate one of these virtual field trips into your teaching & learning programme. More PLD info and how to take part.
  5. Science Learning Hub is hosting a hui for science pre-service and in-service providers at Waikato uni on Mon 10 Jun, 10am – 3pm. Register here.

Cheers, Mike