Mike’s News 2 March

1-31 MarMelanoma March   www.melanoma.org.nz/news-events/recent-news
1-31 Mar Hearing Awareness Month.  https://www.nfd.org.nz/hearing-awareness-month2020
3 Mar World wildlife Day.  http://wildlifeday.org/    
6 Mar talk Looking Inside the Moon 5 Mar, 7:30 pm in Texas (6 Mar2:30 pm NZT)
11-17 Mar International Brain Awareness Week www.neurological.org.nz
11 Mar Walk to work day https://www.livingstreets.org.nz/
12 Mar World Kidney Day. https://www.kidneys.co.nz/
Moon 1Q 3 Mar        FM 10 Mar        3Q 16 Mar        NM 24 Mar
  1. Dr Hinemoa Elder talks with MC Stacey Morrison about bringing indigenous knowledge forward in the climate emergency + solutions for wellbeing. Dalmation Cultural Society, 10 New North Rd, Eden Tce, Ak, 5:30-7:30pm, 10 Mar. Booking essential info@womenz.org.nz


  1. Pedagogy:
  2. Professional reading:
  3. Student competitions:
  4. Science Careers
  5. SouthSci funding for your STEM project up to $20,000. Send in your expression of interest now, full application due 27 March. cometauckland.org.nz/southsci
  6. TED talk describing how teachers can help students navigate trauma https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_godwin_how_teachers_can_help_students_navigate_trauma?utm_source=recommendation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=explore&utm_term=newest-talks-3
  7. The MoE site to feedback on the proposed new standards went down yesterday, not intentional, a technical glitch (leap day?). Its up again til midnight tonight. https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/ncea-review/review-of-achievement-standards/feedback-pilot-phase/


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

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD for Auckland teachers from Learning Network NZ ph 09 835 0912:
    • 5 Middle Leaders workshops from Mary-Anne Murphy, Ak, starting 19 March.
    • 4 Future-focused education workshops from Mark Osborne, Ak, starting 20 March.
  2. Alison Campbell is back again for 2020 to present Scholarship Biology PLD. The first workshop, An intro to critical thinking and why it is important to Schol Bio, will focus students early on schol, introduce critical thinking and share some resources available for them. This workshop is in the Sancta Maria College auditorium (319 Te Irirangi Dr, Ak) on Sat 4 April 9am – 12pm. All students & teachers welcome. No charge. Please register with names of attendees + name of school to Shane at williamson@sanctamaria.school.nz. 
  3. Learn te reo from the comfort of your own home. These courses involve weekly online live sessions with a tutor (recorded & available online), with daily activities & a coursebook. For more info and/or to register: http://www.teawamaori.com/courses/
    • Te Waka Tīwai: Te reo Māori L1: 8 weeks startingTues 3 March 12-1pm  OR  8-9pm
    • Te Waka Tīwai: Te reo Māori L2: 8 weeks startingWed 4 March 8-9pm
    • Te Waka Tīwai: Te reo Māori L3: 8 weeks startingWed 4 March 12-1pm

Cheers, Mike