Mike’s News Oct 7

1-31 Oct Health Literacy month www.healthliteracymonth.org/
1-31 Oct Save Kiwi month www.kiwisforkiwi.org/save-kiwi-week/schools
6-12 Oct Fiji language week www.mpia.govt.nz
7 Oct World Habitat Day https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
7 Oct          Café Scientifique: NZ’s extinct frogs, the Arborist, 166 Willis St, Wgtn, 5:30 – 7 pm
8 Oct Ada Lovelace day, women in STEM http://findingada.com/    
9-11 Oct U-Learn, Rotorua 9 – 11 Oct. $799 + GST (early-bird fee). Register here
10 Oct World Sight Day http://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day  
10 Oct Deadline to nominate a teacher or student for PM’s science prizes
10 Oct Lisa Matisoo-Smith talk on DNA & human migration, 1 Fell St, Blenheim, 6-7:30 pm
11-12 Oct Breast Cancer Awareness www.nzbcf.org.nz  (Pink Ribbon)
13-19 Oct Earth Sciences week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
13-19 Oct Get Ready Week, marking the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
13-19 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
16 Oct       World Food Day www.fao.org/wfd/
17 Oct Free ESS Scholarship workshop, 9.15-2.30, House of Sci, 671 Cameron Rd Tauranga
18 Oct Free ESS Scholarship workshop, 9:15-2:45, Kohia Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland
Moon 1Q Oct 6       FM Oct 14       3Q Oct 22       NM Oct 28       
  1. Language weeks:
  2. Dr Bill Fry, from GNS, is giving a series of lectures at 8 more centres around the country on our threat of tsunami from earthquakes originating in the Kermadec trench: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Hochstetter-Lectures-by-Bill-Fry.docx
  3. Daphne Lee from Otago uni will speak on Foulden Maar at 7:30 pm Mon 7 Oct at New Plymouth Girls, Rm 6, Social Science block, (Mangorei Rd entrance, 1st bldg on RHS).
  4. Auckland zoo is giving teachers free entry for Oct. Terms and conditions
  5. Free family event at Ambury Farm Park Sun 20 Oct 10am-4pm. Activities include horse rides, cow milking, butter making & animal petting.  This is a zero-waste event – if you arrive by bicycle, you will receive supervised parking and a free bike service.


  1. Pedagogy:


  1. Geology:
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  1. Physics:
    • Science Learning Hub has new resources for the topic sound waves: expts on speed of sound & on resonance; articles on resonance, standing waves, visualising sound waves, interference & Doppler effect/Sonic boom. All sound resources here
  1. Science:
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  1. Primary


  1. After consultation, the MoE will issue its National Education & Learning Priorities. These spell out the priorities for places of learning from ECE through to tertiary education to implement. Check out the draft and have your say in what these priorities should be. https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/national-education-and-learning-priorities/


  1. Springs College is looking for a lab technician. They have a brand-new modern learning environment with purpose-built technician facilities. The position is largely autonomous within a team of hardworking, supportive science teachers, reporting to the HoD Science. Contact Kathryn Jenkin jenkink@wsc.school.nz for more info or to apply.

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. West Ak House of Science is putting on some PLD for yrs 1-8 teachers. $40, 6-8pm, pizza & fruit, book with Amanda Fourie My Science Playroom, 406 Great North Rd, Henderson. Chemistry 23 Oct, Physics & Biology 30 Oct. Book here: info@scienceplayroom.co.nz
  2. Asia NZ Foundation is offering up to 12 places to science & digital technology teachers from NZ for a PLD opportunity in China, 21-28 March 2020. Apply here before Wed 6 Nov.
  3. Mon 14 Oct at 3:30pm LEARNZ is hosting a free, 20-minute informal, online teacher PLD session about LEARNZ Term 4 field trips. All welcome. More PLD info and how to take part. Term 4 and other LEARNZ 2019 field trips are open. Enroll now – scroll down for details. All field trips, future and past, are on the Field Trip Chooser.
  4. Science Learning Hub presents a free PLD webinar addressing how Science Capabilities are being used in the science classroom, 31 Oct 4-4:45pm. Register here.
  5. CoreEd is running an online workshop on collaborative teaching – how to plan, assess and work together in a collaborative learning and teaching environment. 23 Oct 3:30-5pm. $99+GST per person. Register here with your collaborative colleagues.

Cheers, Mike