Mike’s News Nov 8

10 Nov World science day https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-science-day
13 Nov Matauranga Māori webinar 9:30 – 11.
14 Nov World Diabetes day https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/theme/
15-17 Nov NZ Association for Research in Education (NZARE) is holding a conference in  Wgtn
17 Nov Peak of Leonid meteor shower https://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
18 Nov 5 p.m. Zoom for schools entering IYPT
18 Nov international day of LGBT people in STEM. https://prideinstem.org/lgbtstemday/
18-24 Nov Antibiotic Resistance www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
19 Nov Partial lunar eclipse (maximum visible from NZ)
20 Nov Physics teacher day online https://sites.google.com/view/uoaptd2017/2021s-day-info
22Nov-14Dec New dates for NZQA exams
Moon 1Q 12 Nov     FM 19 Nov     3Q 28 Nov     NM 4 Dec
  1. The November Night Sky: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/The-November-Night-Sky.docx
  2. Changes due to COVID-19:
    • ConSTANZ 22 is now Tues 11 – Thurs 13 Oct 2022 at Rangi Ruru Girls School, Chch.
    • The Tauranga STEM Festival (was to be 5 Dec) has been cancelled.
  3. Global Citizen Year supports young changemakers from over 80+ countries to join for a 12-week online leadership experience to find their people, purpose, and power to make an impact. For those 17-21 years old. Cost $5000 USD. Nominations close today, Nov 8.
  4. ChemEd/BioLive conference committee has organised a mātauranga Māori panel with science specialists. While this has a focus on Chem & Bio all are welcome. Sat 13 Nov 9:30 – 11 am on Google Meets. Please register your interest here to be sent an invite OR join on the day here. More info https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2021-11-Mātauranga-Maori-Science-panel.pdf
  5. A webinar on the Physics of Flying Fighter Jets, Th 11 Nov, 4pm ET (9am NZT). Register https://www.thepocketlab.com/events/g-force-fighter-jets
  6. The documentary Science in Dark Times follows the work of Juliet Gerrard, our chief science advisor, over the last 3 years and premiers in Wellington Sun, Mon, Tues this week.


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Revision:
  3. Digital support:


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science:
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5. Primary & intermediate:
    • PSTT’s series of short videos illustrates practical science activities based around the story of the Titanic.
    • A short reading on marsupials with a narration option
  6.  EfS:
  7.  STEM:


  1. The new NCEA standards were changed after feedback from the sector and are now online with internal assessment tasks and external specifications. Chemistry & Biology is at https://ncea.education.govt.nz/science/chemistry-and-biology?view=learning and you can find the others by clicking on the subjects tab top left. There were some changes to Science too. For those who find it useful, a Word version for latest Science TLAG here: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Sci-TLAG-2021.docx

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. From Learning Network NZ, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson, Auckland
  2. Science Learning Hub is planning their PLD webinars for next year. You can let them know what you want using a short feedback form or email enquiries@sciencelearn.org.nz.
  3. Primary Climate Science Symposium on Thurs 11 Nov at 16:00 (GMT) on sharing cutting-edge climate science research projects with primary children.


  1. For those who enjoyed online teaching or working from home these past 2 years, there is a kaiako matua (senior teacher) position going at Te Kura (all locations) starting next year. 2 MU + 2MMA. Apply by 16 Nov https://careers.tekura.school.nz/jobs/All%20other%20areas%20/TS-1579596A

Cheers, Mike

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