Mike’s News 4 Oct

3-9 Oct Fijian language week www.mpia.govt.nz
4 Oct World Habitat Day https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
4-10 Oct World Space week www.worldspaceweek.org/
5/30 Oct World/NZ Teachers day www.worldteachersday.org
10 Oct Deadline to register for Chemistry International Olympiad
10-15 Oct International Wetlands conference exploring traditional knowledge
10-16 Oct Earth Sciences week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
12 Oct Ada Lovelace day, women in STEM http://findingada.com/
13-14 Oct ULearn https://core-ed.org/events/ulearn/
14-15 Oct iWahine NZ leadership Hui https://www.iwahine.nz/LeadershipHui
14 Oct World Sight Day http://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day
16 Oct International Observe the Moon night https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/
16 Oct World Food Day www.fao.org/wfd/
17-23 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
Moon NM 7 Oct     1Q 13 Oct     FM 21 Oct     3Q 29 Oct
  1. Additional Bay of Plenty holiday activities.
  2. New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) is happening on Thurs 28 October at 9.30am https://getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout/
  3. Women in STEM is a panel discussion – 4 women who have made a career in science share their experiences and answer your questions. Thurs 7 Oct 7:00 pm ET (11 am Fri 8 Oct NZT). Live event only. https://www.thepocketlab.com/events/scic6-break-rooms


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching:
  4. Student opportunities:
    • The Kiwrious team has created a coding competition for students. Connect their sensors (or a Micro:bit) to Scratch to create games, stories and animations of unseen scientific phenomena around us. More info at their Challenge site.
  5. Revision:
  6. Digital support:


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science:
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5. Primary & intermediate:
  6.  EfS:
    • The Climate Action Project is a 6-week inquiry about causes, effects, solutions & action. It includes weekly lesson plans, options for face-to-face and online learning, facilitator support on WhatsApp and a teacher webinar. More info www.climate-action.info.
  7.  Science
    • Ange Whitlam has a google drive folder for teachers to share resources for the new L1 internals, in the first instance. To join, email Angela.Whitlam@waimea.school.nz
    • A collation of Science News stories of invention and innovation from 2019 & 2020


  1. After review of sector feedback on NCEA L2 and L3, MoE has decided to expand the range of NCEA subjects available for learners across the NZC and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. The revised subject list includes  56 subjects from The New Zealand Curriculum  and 11 subjects from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa .

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PSTT is holding a free online Primary Climate Science Symposium 1-12 Nov. At 11 am (UK) live interactive sessions for use in the classroom. At 4-5 pm there will be teacher PD events – workshops, discussions, teach meets. https://pstt.org.uk/what-we-do/Primary-Climate-Science-Symposium
  2. Please forward the contact details for the tic chemistry to Ian Torrie to receive updates from SCENZ about PLD opportunities and resources etc. ian.torrie@stcuthberts.school.nz


  1. Biozone is looking for a science writer. Ideal job for teachers skilled at creating their own instructional materials for students. Full- or part-time. Deadline 15 Oct. https://www.biozone.co.nz/news/47-new-vacancy-at-biozone-science-writer-position-available
  2. The Blue Penguin Smith Family Trust is looking for an educator to help develop a series of lessons on the significant challenges that our marine ecosystems face today. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/BPSFT-Sustainable-Oceans-lessons.docx

Cheers, Mike

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