Mike’s News Jun 7

8 Jun World Oceans day https://www.un.org/en/observances/oceans-day
9 Jun National Support Staff day www.nzei.org.nz
10Jun1886 Mt Tarawera erupts www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-volcanic-activity/page-2
10 Jun Annular solar eclipse (not visible from NZ)
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.
Moon NM 10 Jun     1Q 18 Jun     FM 25 Jun     3Q 2 Jul
  1. Matariki resources:
  2. Prof Neil Gemmell will speak about the sequencing of the tuatara genome – challenges and insights 8 Jun, 6pm, Rimu room, Scion campus, Rotorua. https://www.rotoruascience.org/
  3. Women in Sciences conference 8-9 Jul, Dunedin https://www.awis.org.nz/awis2021
  4. NZIP & Physikos conference 12-14 Jul, Wellington https://confer.eventsair.com/nzip2021/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
  3. Pedagogy:
  4. Professional reading/watching:
  5. Student opportunities:
    • Yr 12 & 13 students can apply to virtually attend the London International Youth Science Forum 28 Jul-11 Aug. The Talented School Students Travel Award will cover the $495 cost. Apply by 21 Jun.
    • The Ngārimu VC & 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarships provide up to $50,000 to support tertiary study for successful applicants of Māori descent. Deadline 8 Aug.
  6. Literacy:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  EfS:


  1. NZQA update on the support they provide for internally assessed subjects.
  2. The new Tapasa website & workbook  https://tapasa.tki.org.nz/workbook/
  3. Subject Expert Groups response to feedback on the phase 1 products for L1 Bi Ch Px ESS https://ncea.education.govt.nz/response-feedback-subject-expert-groups-phase-1-products


  1. The Laboratory Solution Preparation gives stepwise guide for making our key reagents.
  2. SciPAD’s update of technician notes

Professional Learning and Development

  1. BEANZ has organised Best Practice workshops 22 Jun Hastings, 24 Jun Nelson to cover L3 Homeostasis and L2 investigation. Info and registration https://beanz.org.nz/news/

Cheers, Mike

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