Mike’s News Aug 2

1-7 Aug Cook Islands Maori Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
6Aug1945 Hiroshima Day http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
6 Aug Deadline for next round of centrally funded PLD https://pld.education.govt.nz/
8 Aug Deadline to apply for the Ngārimu VC & 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarships
8-14 Aug Maths Week www.mathsweek.org.nz/
9 Aug Deadline to apply for moderator positions
11 Aug Deadline to give feedback on the proposed L2 & L3 NCEA subjects
Moon NM 9 Aug 1Q 16 Aug FM 23 Aug 3Q 30 Aug
  1. Prof Brian Cox will be in Ak 26 Feb 2022, Dunedin 1 Mar, Chch 2 Mar, Wgtn 7 Mar 7:30 -10 pm each. Tickets now on sale https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2022/professor-brian-cox-horizons-2022-space-odyssey/auckland


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Professional reading/watching:
  3. Student opportunities:
    • Registration for the first stage of the 2022 NZIBO programme, the entrance exam, closes 5 Aug.  Exams are posted to the school, students sit it 25 Aug.
    • Morrinsville College hosts Alison Campbell’s Biology Scholarship workshop 18 Aug, 1-4pm. Spaces limited. Register here. More info fiona-wolff@morrcoll.school.nz
  4. Science Careers


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
    • The NZ Association of Science Educators has gained funding for providing support to Primary Teachers to teach Science in their classes. Please complete this survey to tell NZASE what you need https://forms.gle/6cqt2Nd4o3oa1HEe9
  7. Nature of Science:
  8. Science of COVID:
  9.  EfS:
  10.  Science


The accord days on the draft L1 standards begin this week. The PLD resources are all online at https://training.education.govt.nz/logon.asp  – go to the bottom & click on Guest access, then click on the arrow beside Teachers Only Day for the Secondary Sector . The chem/bio and physics/ESS materials are online at https://ncea.education.govt.nz/.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. From Learning Network NZ, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson, Auckland
  2. Do you want support, e.g. to incorporate mātauranga Māori into your programs, or to design a more locally-focused curriculum? Apply by Fri 6 Aug to MoE for regionally allocated PLD hours for your science dept or your school. https://pld.education.govt.nz/ You will know by week 8 if you have been successful so you can contact a PLD facilitator & plan to start delivery next term.
  3. Teach Engineering has 2 x 2-day workshops online, Aug 9-12. $55 each. https://www.teachengineering.org/pdworkshop
  4. Ocean Observers’ virtual Workshop 29 Nov-1 Dec focuses on educational activities linked with ocean observations https://eurogoos.eu/events/2nd-ocean-observers-workshop-2021/
  5. PLD on boys’ literacy 13-27 Aug in 8 centres from Dunedin to Auckland. $299 + GST https://www.growthculture.co.nz/cracking-the-code-boys-in-literacy
  6. Science Learning Hub is providing free online professional development webinar, Having fun with the science capabilities, on Thurs 19 Aug, 4:00–4:45 pm

Cheers, Mike

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