Mike’s News Apr 6

6 Apr Deadline for students to enter Scientist for a day competition. nzspaceagency@mbie.govt.nz
7 Apr World Health day  www.who.int/ , go to Events calendar
12 Apr International Day of Human Space Flight   www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
17 Apr World Haemophilia day http://www.wfh.org/en/page.aspx?pid=492
Moon FM 8 Apr        3Q 15 Apr        NM 23 Apr        1Q 1 May                 


  1. Pedagogy:
  2. Alana Madgwick has set up Waka blog at https://waka9club.wordpress.com/ It is a place where students and teachers can share their creativity during this potentially isolating time. Details are on this flyer. https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/waka-community.jpg
  3. Danielle Myburgh is surveying how schools have prepared for online learning & what support they need going forward. “Your feedback will help others know what to share in the coming days while we all prepare for a new adventure in schooling.” https://bit.ly/3aNoHZB


  1. Geology:
  2.  Biology:
  3.  Chemistry:
  4.  Physics:
  5.  Science:
  6.  Primary
  7. Nature of Science


  1. MoE recently launched 2 complementary websites to support home-based learning: Learning from home https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/ & Ki te Ao Mārama  https://www.kauwhatareo.govt.nz/ki-te-ao-marama/
  2. NZQA has provided schools guidance on how to manage disruptions to internal and external assessments due to the COVID-19 outbreak.https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/covid-19-guidance-for-school-assessment/ Also with respect to Polyfest https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/covid-19-polyfest-assessment/
  3. MoE will be provisionally extending the closing date for thepublic engagement on the NCEA Level 1 provisional subject list from 20 April to 20 June 2020. The pandemic situation remains fluid and MoE recognise that this may require a review of the NCEA Change Programme’s other implementation timelines too. 

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Webinars from Share My Lesson’s 2020 virtual conference are now available online. https://bit.ly/2UMCmL3
  2. Schools and kura can get support to help transition to distance learning from PLD providers. Email Enquiries@education.govt.nz to register your needs. The National PLD team at MoE will then connect the school or kura to a PLD provider who will be able to provide support. You can find more information on this in the 25 March special edition of the School Leaders Bulletin under “Support for your school to design and implement distance learning“. 

Cheers, Mike