Mike’s News May 3

3 May Deadline to feed back on histories draft curriculum
7 May World Asthma day http://asthmafoundation.org.nz/
8 May World Migratory Bird Day www.worldmigratorybirdday.org
9-15 May Rotuman Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
10-16 May NZ Sign Language Week http://nzslweek.org.nz/
12 May World Nurses Day www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/nurses-day
14 May Deadline for next round centrally funded PLD https://pld.education.govt.nz/
17-21 May Primary Science Week Term 2 week 3 http://nzapse.nzase.org.nz/
17-21 May Bullying free week https://www.bullyingfree.nz/bullying-free-new-zealand-week/
Moon 3Q 4 May     NM 12 May       1Q 20 May      FM 26 May
  1. The Whau River Community Trust programs run year-round: Biodiversity survey and Stream Monitoring; Predator control; Propagating plants – all in West Auckland. Any schools want to be involved? More info: justine@whauriver.org.nz or 021 627864
  2.  World Maths Day 5 May https://www.mathletics.com/blog/news/world-maths-day-is-back/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
  3. Pedagogy:
    • Allison Campbell suggests online tools to support & develop critical thinking skills: here, here (including a link to a page on applying critical thinking to fake news) & here,
    • Spinoff article on how we can make it easier for our autistic students
  4. Student opportunities:
    • In term 2 Papa Taiao will be running short courses on predator control (14 cr) and fencing (20 cr) for 10+ L2 & L3 students – outside, hands-on, real skills, available all across the country https://www.papataiaoearthcare.nz/short-courses
  5. Digital support:
  6. Teacher Opportunities:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
    • An activity based on a reading about biogas – using methane from cows as a fuel
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Nature of Science:
  8. Science of COVID:
  9.  EfS:
    • In this activity students analyse & interpret some data on sea level changes
    • Citizen science: make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations to help scientists studying the global environment
  10.  Science
  11. STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths)


  1. MoE is proposing to introduce legislation to enable ERO to review PLD for schools, kura & early learning services. Find out more and have your say in this survey, by 16 Jun.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Science Technician’s Conference is in Christchurch this year 5-7 Oct. $380. NZASE grants will be available.  ConSTANZ 2021 website
  2. CONASTA, the conference for Australian science teachers is in Canberra 26-29 Sep. https://asta.edu.au/conasta

Cheers, Mike

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