Mike’s News May 25

24-30 May Samoan language week. http://nzslweek.org.nz/    www.mpia.govt.nz
31 May World Smoke-free Day  www.worldsmokefreeday.org.nz
1 Jun World milk day  https://worldmilkday.org/
5 Jun Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 5:45-7:46 am (ends at moonset), maximum 7:24
5 Jun World Environment Day www.4million.org.nz       www.mfe.govt.nz
5 Jun Arbor Day  www.treesforsurvival.org
5-7 Jun 40hr Famine weekend  www.famine.org.nz
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  www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-volcanic-activity/page-2
Moon 1Q 30 May       FM 6 Jun       3Q 13 Jun       NM 21Jun       


  1. Scientist Talks from UoA: Assoc Prof Siouxsie Wiles presents an online talk about how bio-luminescence is used to better understand the infectious microbes that make us sick. Discover the ground-breaking work her lab is performing by using glowing bacteria to under-stand superbugs & find new antibiotics to combat them. May 27 8am & 8pm. Register here
  2. A reminder about nominations for 2020 Supporters of Tiritiri Inc Fullers 360 Primary Science Award. The criteria and nomination form are on this link on the Tiritiri website: http://www.tiritirimatangi.org.nz//2020-sotm-fullers-360-science-award For further queries contact Barbara at educator@tiritirimatangi.org.nz. Win a free trip out to Tiri for 2 students and 2 adults on a day of their choice for a budding young conservationist or ecologist.


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


  1. Spotlights is a series of NZQA resources that highlight current ‘hot topics’ in Assessment and Moderation. https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/spotlights/
  2. A panel from NZQA & MoE is holding a webinar to discuss 2020 science assessment for NZASE. Webinars for Bi, Ch, ESS, Px are also in process thru subj assoc’ns. Science flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/NZQA-MOE-webinar-3-Jun.pdf

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD webinars
    • Science for primary & intermediate classrooms – Nick Bithell 26 May 9:30 – 11:30am, $90 through Kohia
    • Nurturing Learner Agency through inquiry – Kath Murdoch 7 July 9am-2:30pm $195 through Learning Network
    • Growing others: mentoring & coaching – Amira Aman Webinar 4 Aug 3:30-5pm $60+GST through CoreEd

Cheers, Mike