Mike’s News Apr 1

1 Apr Deadline to apply to participate in a pilot programme on the school’s carbon footprint.
2 Apr World Autism day www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day
2 Apr 4pm PLD for CB1.2: Toi raranga – linking CB1.2 to the art of flax weaving. Link
2 Apr 7:30pm PLD for CB1.1 & 1.3 Bio: General Q & A. Link
3-4Apr Ak uni is holding a STEM conference for educators. From $83. Register here
3 Apr 4pm PLD for AHS1.1 Life Processes: writing & marking tasks. Link
3 Apr 7:30pm PLD for PES1.2 Investigations: Developing a teaching program. Link to register
4 Apr 4pm PLD for SCI1.4 Scientific Claims: Assessment. Link
5 Apr 4pm PLD for AHS1.2 Place & Purpose: writing and marking tasks. Link
7 Apr Tsunami warning siren test at the end of daylight savings, (1st Sun in April)
7 Apr World Health day www.who.int/ , go to Events calendar
8 Apr Solar eclipse visible in parts of USA (not here)
8 Apr Deadline to apply for scholarships to attend the RASNZ May conference in Nelson
8 Apr NiF PLD, 4-6pm, MoE Office, L1 102 Rosedale Rd, Albany, Auckland. Register here
9 Apr 7:30pm PLD for CB1.1 & 1.3 Bio: General Q & A. Link
10 Apr Deadline to enter Beamline for Schools. https://beamlineforschools.cern
10 Apr 4pm PLD for AHS1.2 Place & Purpose: writing and marking tasks. Link
11 Apr 4pm PLD for AHS1.1 Life Processes: writing & marking tasks. Link
12 Apr International Day of Human Space Flight www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
12 Apr Deadline to apply for Auckland zoo’s Tuatara Club
Moon 3Q Apr 2      NM Apr 9      1Q Apr 16      FM Apr 24

Check PLD links https://ncea.education.govt.nz/support-workshops-level-1-subjects-and-wahanga-ako

  1. Every April is autism acceptance month, with a focus on inclusion rather than just ‘awareness’. Autism NZ is inviting all schools to participate in a national ‘quiet hour’ on 10 April at 10am – turn down the lights & turn down the noise for our autistic community. Info here
  2. The Pacific Language weeks have been announced, poster here. Final events calendar: Dates for 2024 final
  3. Ecofest is a program of conservation-based activities and events in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland until 14 April. https://ecofest.org.nz/
  4. ConSTANZ Technician’s conference will be at St Peter’s, Cambridge 1-3 Oct (in the hols). Accommodation with breakfast is available onsite at a reasonable rate. https://sites.google.com/view/constanz2024/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori:
    • Recording of Rangi Matamua talking about mātauranga Māori
  3.  Pedagogy:
  4. Student opportunities:
  5. Teacher Opportunities:
    • FYI – there will be no further funding rounds for the Unlocking Curious Minds Contestable Fund. All existing contracts will run to completion as contracted. Info here.
    • Iceland PD for teachers – a few places left on this July trip to explore Iceland’s volcanic and glacial landforms. Live and learn on a Mid Ocean Ridge. https://geoetc.com/icelandjuly2024/
  6. Science Careers:
    • AWIS has a series of women scientists telling the story of their career. This month it’s Prof Rosalind Archer on Tues 9 April, at 12pm. Subscribe to receive the link.


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
    • Apples All Year Round classroom resources provides lesson guides, resource/equipment lists, activities & a poster for 2 lessons on the Australian apple industry. https://buff.ly/3VDZj2P
    • Activity to engineer a hydroponics system to feed a class
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  Science:


  1. The 2023 exam resources for the old L1 Science stds are no longer available on NZQA. No Brain Too Small has some – exams for Bio, Phys & Science & marking schedules for Science

Can You help?

  1. As these are no longer available from NZQA, has anyone downloaded resources for the 2023 L1 externals (resource booklet, marking schedule, report [I’ve got the exams]) for Bi, Ch, Phys, AgH, Sci that they are willing to share? Please email mikhal@actrix.co.nz with files or links. I will upload & share next week.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Science Learning Hub:
  2. The science NiFs have another workshop, this time at the MoE office, 16 Bishop Dunn Pl, Flat Bush, Tues 9 Apr, 1 – 5 pm. Remember these have fluid start/finish times – turn up when you can with the issues you are having with any L1 standards (CB, PES, AGH, SCI) to discuss with others. Register here

Cheers, Mike

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