Mike’s New Nov 29

29 Nov Ocean Observers online workshop focuses on educational activities.
1 Dec World AIDS Day https://www.nzaf.org.nz/ (Red Ribbon)
4 Dec Total Solar eclipse, only visible from parts of Antarctica
5 Dec World Soil Day www.nzsoils.org.nz
5 Dec Tauranga STEMfest 2021 https://www.facebook.com/stemfestnz Cancelled
11 Dec International Mountains day www.fao.org/mnts/intl_mountain_day_en.asp
14 Dec Peak Geminid meteor shower 3am http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
Moon NM 4 Dec     1Q 11 Dec     FM 19 Dec     3Q 27 Dec
  1. Kudos awards evening, celebrating science in the Waikato, has been postponed to 3 March 2022. https://www.thekudos.org.nz/the-kudos-awards/
  2. Dan Hikuroa’s Hochstetter lecture on cross-cultural research collaborations in Geology (will not be recorded). Th 2 Dec 3-4:30 pm https://www.gleanreport.com/events/dan-hikuroa
  3. Leaders Connect webinar: Wrangling adult tantrums discusses collaborations. 2 Dec, 4pm. https://leadershiplab.co.nz/events/wrangling-adult-tantrums-courageous-collaboration


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Pedagogy:
    • A poster to remind us that we don’t know what is going on in students’ lives, so be patient and kind and give them the benefit of the doubt.
  3. Literacy:
  4. HoD:
  5. Digital support:
    • Ada Twist, scientist – short Netflix videos show 3 kids using science to solve day-to-day mysteries. The Obamas are executive producers. Some episodes on YouTube.
  6. An exam analysis for L2 Bio 91156 Cells [Dave Wedderburn]: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/L2-Bi-Cells-Exam-anaylsis-2020-to-2013.docx


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


  1. MoE is looking for people for a Pacific studies reference group to help develop the new Pacific studies NCEA subject. Info here. Experienced senior secondary teachers + people from industry, academia and community across NZ & the Pacific are encouraged to apply. Send CV and a cover letter noting your relevant experience to here by Thurs 9 Dec
  2. The new Safety and Science document has been released. It is downloadable, but is a ‘living document’ so changes will be made as necessary & you will need to keep an eye out for them. https://scienceonline.tki.org.nz/content/download/1611/21493/version/2/file/MOE-School+Labs+Guidance.pdf

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. STEM Learning (UK) has some free online PLD available on demand
  2. The Virtual Learning Network’s Online Learning Hui for teachers and school leaders is on 3 Dec 9-12:30 https://hail.to/vln-primary-school/publication/Zy7f2nQ/article/bQD1tZa

Cheers, Mike

P.S. next week will be the last newsletter for the year.

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