Mike’s News 27 May

26May-1Jun Samoan language week   hwww.mpia.govt.nz
31 May World Smoke-free Day   www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz
31 May Early bird registration for U-Learn conference closes.
1 Jun World milk day   https://worldmilkday.org/
5 Jun         World Environment Day   www.4million.org.nz   www.mfe.govt.nz
5 Jun         Arbour Day.  www.treesforsurvival.org
8 Jun        World Oceans day    www.theoceanproject.org/wod/wod_ideas.php
7-9 Jun 40hr Famine weekend    www.famine.org.nz
Moon 3Q May 27           NM Jun 3          1Q Jun 10          FM Jun 17


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  1. Geology:
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  7. Nature of Science:
    • The Otago Daily Times has an insert each Monday called World Focus which often provides articles useful to explore the Nature of Science. Not available online. Try your library.
  8. eLearning:
    • Project Learning Tree presents 12 free science apps focusing on topics such as climate change, trees, conservation, and weather. The apps in this list include stand-alone games, interactive teaching tools, and reference guides. https://bit.ly/2wgPfzX

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. A reminder of the 4 or more flavours of PD NZIP continues to offer physics teachers:  one-on-one help for teachers, the $125/yr secure resources, the $60/yr membership that gets you a $50 prize voucher for your physics kids and the back-to-uni PD days put on throughout the year around NZ. Go to https://nzip.org.nz/ and then Education
  2. A podcast from Teaching Council busting myths about appraisal. https://soundcloud.com/user-94237250/mythbusting-special-appraisal
  3. Kohia Teachers Centre course on NCEA for newbies Robin Headifen, 19 June, Auckland.


  1. The NZ Association for Environmental Ed (NZAEE) is seeking a new Coordinator to run Seaweek 2020 & the Hauraki Gulf Monitoring Project 2019. A job description for both positions can be downloaded here. The full role description for the Seaweek Coordinator is  here & for HGMP Manager is here. Application deadline is 12 noon, 4 June.
  2. Hobsonville Point Secondary School will have some part-time junior science LTR work from term 3. It’s about 3 half days a week but could be topped up with casual relief. For more info or to express interest contact Andrea.tritton@hobsonvillepoint.school.nz

Cheers, Mike