Mike’s News 26 Mar

25 Mar BEANZ workshop 9am-1pm, Karamu HS, on tchg ethical thinking sgunn@karamu.school.nz
30 Mar Earth hour 8:30 – 9:30 pm. www.wwf.org.nz   www.earthhour.org.nz
30 Mar Free Auckland Schol Bio workshop for tchrs & sts. s.williamson@sanctamaria.school.nz
2 Apr World Autism day. www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day
4 Apr Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Whangarei  3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
7 Apr World Health day www.who.int/  à Events calendar
8 Apr Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Havelock North 6:30 – 8:45pm. Book here.
8 Apr Physics moderator workshop, Western Springs College / Ngā Puna o Waiōrea
Moon 3Q Mar 28          NM Apr 5          1Q Apr 13          FM Apr 19   

Other Dates

  1. Jane Goodall is giving 3 talks in NZ – Wgtn Sun May 19 (Michael Fowler Centre), Ak Sat May 25 (ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre), Chch Th May 30 (Chch Town Hall). Dr. Goodall will speak about her life’s work and the power of individual action to enable us to change the course of time.  https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2019/dr-jane-goodall-in-nz
  2. Royal Society has a nationwide series of talks Redefining How We Measure Our World, 21 March – 20 May. A series of public events to communicate the impacts of the changes to the International System of Units (SI) coming into force on 20 May (World Metrology Day). https://www.measurement.govt.nz/news-and-events/international-system-of-units-redefinition-2019/
  3. Hort Ag Teachers Association (HATA) conference is 15 – 18 April in Palmerston North. HATA flyer & draft programme here: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HATA-2019-conference-flyer-with-link-FINAL1.pdf  https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HATA-Conference-Programme-2019-Draft.pdf


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Student competitions:
    • Otago uni (UoO) runs a Science Academy aimed at Yr 13 students with a passion for science & the potential to excel in their L3 NCEA &/or scholarship exams. This academy targets small rural low-decile schools & gives students the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists on a research project. Students attend 2 residential science camps on UoO campus, Jan & July, & thereafter have access to web-based extension material. https://www.otago.ac.nz/ouassa/registration/index.html
  3. Tiritiri Matangi island sanctuary has updated its info to Auckland schools. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/School-Trips-to-Tiritiri-Matangi-Island-2019.docx


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
  3. Astronomy:
  4. Chemistry:
    • Delene Holm has created a cartoon on bonding she has been using with correspondence students. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Bonding-cartoon.png
  5. Physics:
  6. Science:
    • Bitesize Science: During the Science Festival Expo in 2016, Otago uni invited postgraduate students and their supervisors to share a short talk on the student’s research then recorded them so we could enjoy them later. Talks have been loosely grouped by topic https://www.otago.ac.nz/sciences/news/otago618318.html
  7. Literacy

Can you help?

Does anyone know a biology reliever or retired biology teacher who might be interested in 4 weeks work in an Auckland school at the start of term 3 to cover a teacher who will be away. It would involve 1 Science & 1 Biology class plus relief around the rest of the school. Sarah Parker SParker@lynfield.school.nz


  • All science National Moderators have uploaded a report to NZQA (AgHort, Bi, Ch, EfS, ESS, Px, Sci) giving feedback on general issues & trends identified during moderation. Go to https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/ then select subject, then National Moderator’s Report.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  • Alongside the student Science Academy programme (info #1), Otago uni also runs Teacher Workshops (hands-on full-day labs, internals planning and seminars) in January & June to help support science classroom teaching at participating schools. https://www.otago.ac.nz/ouassa/index.html
  • ESSE has gained ministry funding as a network of expertise which will help them provide more PLD and one-on-one support as well as training for regional reps. ESSE is looking for a regional rep for Auckland. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ESSE-2-NoE-1st-notifications.pdf  https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ESSE-3-NoE-poster.pdf

Cheers, Mike