Mike’s News May 31

30 May-5jun Samoan language week www.mpia.govt.nz
31 May World Smoke-free Day www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz
1 Jun World milk day https://worldmilkday.org/
3 Jun Education Hub webinar on using real-world problems from the local community, 3:30pm
5 Jun World Environment Day www.4million.org.nz www.mfe.govt.nz
5 Jun Arbor Day www.treesforsurvival.org
8 Jun World Oceans day
9 Jun National Support Staff www.nzei.org.nz
10Jun1886 Mt Tarawera erupts www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-volcanic-activity/page-2
10 Jun Annular solar eclipse (not visible from NZ)
14 Jun World Blood Donor Day www.nzblood.co.nz
14 Jun Matariki 1st appears at dawn https://www.rasnz.org.nz/news-item/matariki-finder-2021
14-18 Jun Gaming! Online events for Yr 7-9 students & their teachers https://getintogaming.nz/
Moon 3Q 2 Jun     NM 10 Jun     1Q 18 Jun     FM 25 Jun
  1. While Matariki rises 14 June, different iwi celebrate at different times. Matariki resources:
  2. World Ocean day link last week did not work. Apologies. Try the page for this UN day and some articles and primary activities that may be helpful.
  3. Remember to say thanks to your science technician on 9 Jun
  4. Cafe Scientifique Tauranga – Matariki, Mātauranga Māori and Modern Science, June 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Register soon because space is limited.


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
    • In 2013 MoE published a whole collection of te reo posters for pūtaiao/science. These are still available, at https://kupengahao.co.nz/nga-rauemi/ . Go to the contacts page and ask for what you want, give your school’s address and they will be sent free.
  3. Pedagogy:
  4. Literacy:
  5. Science
  6. Register to access SCINEMA International Science Film Festival for free during August.


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  EfS:

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. STEM Learning (UK) has some free online PLD available on demand
  2. Primary Science Teaching Trust Zoom webinar with a science expert & shared resources. 4-5pm GMT (3-4am NZT): 9 Jun Natural History Museum
  3. CoreEd is running the Advanced Leadership programme for women educators across primary and secondary sectors. New cohort starts 29 Jun
  4. Science Learning Hub free online professional development webinar, Science through picture books, is on Thurs 17 June, 4:00–4:45 pm. Register here.
  5. Reminder for ESS teachers of the Ak uni PLD on 17 (GIS) & 18 Jun (using GIS tools to develop remote sensing resources). Can come for just 1 day. More info & booking form: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ESS-Auckland-day-June-2021.pdf

Cheers, Mike

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