Mike’s News Jul 15

17 Jul Deadline to enter for NZ Geographic photographer of the year competition
21 Jul 1969 1st moon walk https://www.nasa.gov/mission/apollo-11/#.UtmgLOuBr-k
21 Jul Deadline to apply for National Excellence in Teaching Awards (Aus & NZ)
Moon FM Jul 21      3Q Jul 28      NM Aug 4      1Q Aug 13
  1. Talks that may be relevant for us
    • Sam Clough talks about Secrets of the Giant Squid at Unitec, Ak, 31 Jul 4:30pm. Gate 4, Building 115, Ground Floor Room 1023. Info here.


  1. Mātauranga Māori:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching/listening:
  4. Student opportunities:
    • ANZCCART has 2 competitions, to encourage thinking about the role animal research and teaching plays in society today. Submissions due 19 Jul. More info here
    • Women in Engineering are running a hands-on workshop for yr 9 & 10 students Sun 28 Jul, 2-5pm at Shore Junction, Auckland. Register here
    • Girls who Grow supports our next generation of female leaders and environmental guardians to look into the climate-positive food and fashion aspects of agriculture. Wellington teachers are invited to a zoom to find out more. Wed 7 Aug, 3:30-4:15pm. Register here.
  5. Teacher Opportunities:
    • If you are a new graduate teaching science you can apply for payments of $10,500 after teaching for 3 years (because you are teaching in an area of need).
    • Closing date to apply for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme is now 26 Jul
  6. Science gifts
  7. The 1 Jul Education Gazette has articles on a teaching kit for hydrogen fuel, North Tec’s Health Academy and Mālamalama videos for Pacific students


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  Science:
  8. Nature of Science:
  9. New standards

Can you help?

  1. Apply to NZASE if you would like to help with the science curriculum rewrite. You could be: a new or experienced kaiako; Māori; in a rural or suburban setting; in a primary, intermediate or secondary school.


  1. The Assessor Practice Tool (APT) is now available for 91607 to let assessors practice making assessor judgements on full samples of student work after which they can view a moderation panel grade and the reasons for that grade being awarded. It is available here https://lms.nzqa.govt.nz/

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Education Hub: (this one’s free):
    • Māori achieving success as Māori partt 2: Janelle Riki-Waaka builds deeper understanding how to work alongside Māori & enact our responsibilities to te Tiriti o Waitangi. Webinar 7:30pm Jul 22. Register here. If you are not a subscriber, you will need to create a login.
  2. Science is Cool online conference 23 Jul 7am PT (2am NZT). Register here to access any resources/recordings afterwards.
  3. Teachers PD rocket day 18 Sep. $45.00. Design, build & launch a rocket in 1 day & learn how to apply design principles to the L2, L3 physics standards. UoA Engineering school will be attending and may conduct some parallel PD on carbon fibre composites. Sign up here.
  4. Sign language courses for teachers https://www.mergenz.co.nz/nzsl-schools
  5. ASTA is planning term 3 clusters for Auckland teachers to discuss issues with NCEA L1. These will be face to face with teachers able to join online too. Please let them know which standards you want to talk about so they can set times to start each discussion. Google form here.


  1. St Ignatius of Loyola Catholic College is a new school in Drury, Auckland. Next year they are expanding from yr 7, 8, 9 into year 10 & are looking for more Science teachers. Job ad.

Cheers, Mike

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