Mike’s News Jun 14

14 Jun World Blood Donor Day www.nzblood.co.nz
14 Jun Matariki 1st appears at dawn https://www.rasnz.org.nz/news-item/matariki-finder-2021
14-18 Jun Gaming! Online events for Yr 7-9 students & their teachers https://getintogaming.nz/
15 Jun Global Wind Day www.windenergy.org.nz/resources/for-teachers
16 Jun Deadline for survey on ERO evaluating PLD
17 Jun Science Learning Hub PLD, Science through picture books, 4 pm.
19 Jun World Albatross Day Link to RNZ
21 Jun Winter solstice NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
21 Jun MWC free PLD on COVID-19 at Wakatipu High School, Queenstown
21 Jun Cafe Scientifique Tauranga, Matariki, Mātauranga Māori & Modern Science, 7 pm.
21 Jun Deadline to apply to virtually attend the London International Youth Science Forum.
25-27 Jun 40hr Famine weekend www.famine.org.nz
26Jun-4Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
Moon 1Q 18 Jun FM 25 Jun 3Q 2 Jul NM 10 Jul
  1. Matariki resources & events:
    • Science Learning Hub article [House of Science Newsletter]
    • Dr Rangi Matamua & CoreEd co-host a FREE online seminar, Matariki Te Whetū o te Tau on Tues 29 June, 6:00-7:30 pm. To register go to the Facebook page and hit ‘going’.
    • MOTAT celebrates Matariki with Night Lights Fri 25-Sun 27 June, 6-9pm. See the light installations & local artist’s work, with live performances and kai from local food trucks.
  2. Garden Bird Survey 26 Jun – 4 Jul https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori:
    • Hawkes Bay’s Ātea Trust runs educational programmes, events & tours for schools and the community based on traditional Māori and environmental kaupapa.
    • Article and interview with Matua Rereata Makiha. a leading authority on the maramataka, traditional food planting and harvesting practices
  3. Pedagogy:
  4. Literacy:
  5. Student opportunity:
    • Supporters of Tiritiri Conservation Award. Nominate a student who is an eco-champion, has embraced the kaitiakitanga role in their primary school and inspired others. Deadline 1 Nov tiritirimatangi.org.nz/tiritiri-primary-school-conservation-award
    • Students 15-17 years old can apply for Auckland Zoo’s popular Tuatara Club Junior Volunteer Programme. Applications close June 22.
  6. To use an animal in our teaching, ethics approval is required. This  process is easy for both teachers and students: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Animal-Ethics-Approval.pdf Committee meets 28 June and 23 August.


  1. Biology:
    • Activity to demonstrate natural selection. http://www.nabt.org/sub/htdi/v62n01p042.asp
    • View human cells: press small bit of cellotape to the back of their hand, student removes, makes a wet mount cell-side up. Slowly draws methylene blue under coverslip. View. [Pru Casey]
  2. Earth & Space Science:
    • NASA’s video on a long history of the moon.
    • A free paper on the physical processes of the seas over our continental shelves
    • Microscopic images of sedimentary, igneous & metamorphic rocks
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5.  EfS:
    • Charlie Mitchell’s article got an award for clearly explaining nitrogen pollution in water.
    • Fight for the Wild doco and podcast series highlights the efforts to protect it as part of Predator Free 2050. Already screened episodes available here.
  6. STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths):
  7.  Maths:
    • Kohia Centre sells practice assessments for NCEA Maths externals (including MCAT). More info here. Please forward to your maths colleagues.


  1.  During terms 2 & 3 MoW is running a webinar series to help teachers better understand the PLD priorities and educational change and to support PLD proposals from schools or kura. More info https://pld.education.govt.nz/news/webinars-pld-priorities

Can you help?

  1. Auckland Museum wants to understand how to best to develop new Natural Sciences galleries to suit our needs. They want to talk with groups of teachers ECE – yr 13 for 2h in the Museum in June. If you are interested in taking part, please take this 2-minute survey.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. ESSENZ is running PLD 25 June at New Plymouth BHS, 2 July at Antarctic centre, Chch & 8 Jul at SHGC, Hamilton. Register at earthspacenz@gmail.com Workshops are free & financial assistance is available for those who are rural, isolated, or new to ESS.

Cheers, Mike

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