Mike’s News Jun 8

8 Jun World Oceans day www.theoceanproject.org/wod/wod_ideas.php
9 Jun National Support Staff Day  www.nzei.org.nz      
10 Jun Mt Tarawera erupts 1886  www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-volcanic-activity/page-2
14 Jun World Blood Donor Day  www.nzblood.co.nz
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 in the rest)
Moon 3Q 13 Jun       NM 21Jun       1Q 28 Jun       FM 5 Jul         


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • In this Mental Health Foundation video, Sir Mason Durie & Michael Naera discuss how past pandemics have affected Māori & what this tells us about how Covid-19 has, & will continue to, impact Māori. They also explore the importance of decision-making, support, protection & connection for whānau. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZBqnXFwls0&t=737s
  2. Student competitions:
    • ANZCCART hopes to inspire students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society & to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use. This competition is an opportunity to showcase student work developed in the NCEA assessment tasks for  Bio 1.2, 2.2, & 3.2 (avail from BEANZ). https://www.royalsociety.org.nz/news/2020-anzccart-awards-applications-now-open
  3. The Kudos awards recognise 8 categories of science excellence in the Waikato / BoP region including environmental and education sectors. Nominate scientists, lab technicians and educators residing in the area. New Categories include a Mātauranga Science Award. Closing date 20 July https://www.thekudos.org.nz/the-kudos-awards/


  1. Biology:
  1. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  1. Earth & Space Science
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science of COVID-19
  1. EfS:
  1. Digital
  1. Primary
  1. Nature of Science
  1. Science


  1. New changes announced 3 Jun re UE, endorsement & learning credits. https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/ncea-and-university-entrance-changes-for-2020/
  2. Video & chat from the webinar on L1 Science assessment last week are in this dropbox. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r5ht0web0rokggb/AAAi46Zm1e_oF21RJsMC386ua?dl=0  You may be prompted to log into dropbox – not needed, just close the prompt (‘x’ in top-right corner). You will need to download the video to watch it (only half of the video will stream directly from the dropbox). Please contact Donna at NZASE if there are any issues.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Spectrum Education Online Summit Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jul. Free. https://www.spectrumeducation.com/teachersmatter/?ap_id=10004

Cheers, Mike