Mike’s News Jun 15

15 Jun Global Wind Day www.windenergy.org.nz/resources/for-teachers
21 Jun Winter solstice NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
21 Jun Annular Solar Eclipse
22 Jun Matariki constellation becomes visible for most parts of NZ (or Puanga elsewhere)
27Jun-5Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey. http://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
Moon NM 21Jun       1Q 28 Jun       FM 5 Jul          3Q 13 Jul             


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading:
  4. Scholarships
    • Until 15 Aug Students can apply for Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau Forestry Scholarships, for study beginning next year.There are 8 scholarships available encouraging Māori and women to study Forestry at Canterbury uni. More info here.
  5. Brainpop is free til Jun 30 – videos, questions, concept-mapping, worksheets, readings, games. https://www.brainpop.com
  6. Café Scientifique Tauranga Mon 22 Jun, 7-9pm at Tauranga Yacht & Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Dr. Estimating biodiversity & abundance of sharks. $5. Please book your place.
  7. An online Careers expo will be held 18 Jun 12-8pm and 19 Jun 9am-5pm. Students can visit stalls, chat live with those there, watch on-demand videos. Interested students can register at:https://www.mediadesignschool.com/virtual-careers-expo#register-now.
  8. Te Kura (formerly the Correspondence School) has made available online courses til the end of Feb 2021 – ClassroomNZ2020. Students may use these to consolidate learning disrupted by COVID-19 and to review learning as prep for NCEA internals & externals. Teachers may find these teaching & assessment resources useful to build capability & confidence with blended & distance learning. Find info for science subjects here. Register your interest here. We will need a code for access – details soon.
  9. Dr Roger Wiens talks about robotic Mars missions online 7:30 – 8:10 pm Jun 18 CT (12:30 – 1:10 pm NZT Jun 19). Connect here (leave some time for this as you will be downloading & installing a program). https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join?jid=1489895375


  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science of COVID-19
  1. EfS:
    • Ak city council’s sustainability team is sharing their resources. Go here, select the + in the top right-hand corner and enter class code hwbjud6 then go to classwork.
    • NZ Garden Bird Survey is 27 Jun – 5 Jul. A great citizen science program to get your students involved in https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz
  1. Primary
  1. Nature of Science


  1. NZIP have a recording of the webinar held with NZQA & MoE about physics assessments this year. Contact Helen at pldsupport@nzip.org.nz for the link.
  2. Register here asap for a NZQA & MoE webinar on assessing in biology 2020 on Wed 17 Jun 4pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_t0I73fpuScSZv4R9f9my2w . You will then get a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. STEM Learning (UK) has some online PLD available:


Te Kura is advertising a position leading their physics team.  Apply by 24 June. https://careers.tekura.school.nz/jobs/Wellington/TS-1465912


  1. Book a gel electrophoresis kit from UoC https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/outreach/learning-resources/gel-electrophoresis-kit/
  2. A smartphone attachment that gives a 30X microscopic view. $5. Free delivery for 9+ https://www.kmart.co.nz/product/smartphone-microscope-converter/1002307

Cheers, Mike