Mike’s News Nov 30

30 Nov VuW Chemistry PLD in Nelson Q’s to gabrielle.holmes@vuw.ac.nz
30 Nov Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 10:42pm https://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/eclipses-2019
1 Dec World AIDS Day https://www.nzaf.org.nz/ (Red Ribbon)
4 Dec Chemistry PLD in Auckland, from VuW Q’s to gabrielle.holmes@vuw.ac.nz
5 Dec World Soil Day www.nzsoils.org.nz
11 Dec International Mountains day www.fao.org/mnts/intl_mountain_day_en.asp
14 Dec Peak Geminid meteor shower 3 a.m.
14 Dec Total solar eclipse (not visible from NZ)
21 Dec Summer Solstice NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
Moon FM 30 Nov     3Q 8 Dec     NM 15 Dec      1Q 22 Dec
  1. ASTA exam evening is at Mt Albert Grammar School, Alberton Rd, Auckland Thu 3 Dec 6:45 – 8:45 pm. Please RSVP by Tuesday 1 Dec if you are coming along so we can sort the catering.
  2. We are starting to plan BioLive for Auckland next year and would appreciate some input. If you are considering going in 2021 please contribute to this short survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-oIWBjGMGrHiQ-stvxs_JeGnoZ5zKxq5MBUqGi_-TD1kb3A/viewform?usp=sf_link


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Literacy:
  4. Science Careers
  5. Digital support:
  6. Edit McIntosh is doing a PhD on NoS and is asking interested science teachers if they would complete a short survey:  https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/PhD-NoS-survey.docx


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

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Want some PLD for your science staff? Apply to MoE & if approved it is free to you. Next proposal deadline 19 Feb 2021 (week 2). Panel meets by wk 7, schools know wk 8 so can contact PLD facilitator & plan to start delivery term 2, 2021. https://pld.education.govt.nz/
  2. NZIP & Physikos conference will be held at Queen Margaret College, Wellington, 12-14 Jul 2021. https://confer.eventsair.com/nzip2021/
  3. MWC PowerPoints from this year’s PLD aren’t available yet, but you can access past resources by emailing maurice-wilkins-centre@auckland.ac.nz for the LI/PW.
  4. Online PD from Canterbury uni for teachers interested in Volcanology from 30 Nov for 7 weeks. Free unless you want a certificate. https://www.edx.org/course/exploring-volcanoes-and-their-hazards-iceland-and-new-zealand
  5. Judith Bennetts has asked me to let you know she is still working as a science facilitator in primary and secondary schools from Central South (bottom ½ North Island) and South Island. judith.bennetts@canterbury.ac.nz

Cheers, Mike

Wishing you a refreshing break and happy festive season. I will be back on deck mid-January