Mike’s News Jun 17

17-21Jun National Schools Pride Week https://insideout.org.nz/
17 Jun Ed Perfect update on what’s new in year 11. 3:45-4:30pm. Register here.
19 Jun World Albatross Day Link to RNZ
21 Jun Winter solstice NZ https://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set-1
21-23 Jun World Vision 40h Challenge weekend www.famine.org.nz
24 Jun 12pm deadline to register for VLN’s term 3 classes for primary.
24Jun-2Jul NZ Garden Bird Survey https://gardenbirdsurvey.landcareresearch.co.nz/
26 Jun Richard Levy & Tim Naish talk about Antarctica 7pm at Awanuiārangi Whakatane
26 Jun Our Changing Coast day 4 students & teachers. Whakatane. Contact Marewa to register.
27 Jun Our Changing Coast day for adults. Whakatane. Contact Marewa to register
27 Jun Deadline for primary teachers/principals to apply for study awards and sabbaticals.
28 Jun Matariki celebration (star cluster visible 29Jun – 2 Jul)
28 Jun Deadline for technicians to apply for scholarship to attend conference. Info here.
30 Jun Asteroid day https://asteroidday.org/
30 Jun Nominations close for SciPAD Denis Hogan Chemical Education Award. Info here.
Moon FM June 22      3Q Jun 29      NM Jul 6      1Q Jul 14


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching/listening:
  4. Student opportunities:
  5. Teacher opportunities:
    • The Sir Paul Callaghan Science Academy runs an intensive 4-day PD programme in science for primary & intermediate teachers. Next will be in Ak 1-4 Oct (holidays). More info, apply here.
  6. HoD:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  Science:
  8. Education for Sustainability (EfS)
  9. New L1 standards:


  1. Where is curriculum refresh up to? https://curriculumrefresh.education.govt.nz

Can you help?

  1. Education Perfect is asking for feedback on their yr 11 lessons to determine what is needed next. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSee2mNll_LTF2PzAK3V4d5MkxCi3MetAJ8fn_US8iEL_HClug/viewform

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. ESSENZ are running a webinars for PES 1.1 and 1.3 on June 25 & 26. A chance to catch up if you missed term 1 PLD and/or to ask questions. ESS webinars T2 flyer
  2. Science Learning Hub & Royal Society are holding a National Summit –Science education: Fit for purpose. 2 July, 9:30am–4pm, at Novotel, Auckland Airport. Registration is free but numbers limited.  More info here. Please register here. Registrations will close by 17 Jun.

Cheers, Mike

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