Mike’s News Sep 20

22 Sep Spring Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
26 Sep World Rivers day http://worldriversday.com/
26-29 Sep CONASTA conference in Canberra https://asta.edu.au/conasta
26Sep-2 Oct Chinese language week https://www.nzclw.com/
26Sep-2 Oct Tuvalu Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
28Sep1928 Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin. Link here.
30 Sep STILE Education online conference, $330 AUD 12-6 pm NZT. Info and Registration.
1-31 Oct Health Literacy month www.healthliteracymonth.org/
1-31 Oct Save Kiwi month www.kiwisforkiwi.org/save-kiwi-week/schools
1-31 Oct Breast Cancer Awareness month (Pink Ribbon) www.nzbcf.org.nz
3 Oct Tauranga STEMfest 2021 https://www.facebook.com/stemfestnz
3-9 Oct Fijian language week www.mpia.govt.nz
4 Oct World Habitat Day https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
4-10 Oct World Space week www.worldspaceweek.org/
Moon FM 21 Sep    3Q 29 Sep    NM 7 Oct    1Q 13 Oct
  1. Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is welcoming migrating birds Sun Oct 10. Shore guides at the hides from 9am, high tide at 11 am, guest speaker Raewyn Peart at 11 am.
  2. Resources for Tuvalu Language week: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Common-phrases-Tuvalu-2p-1.docx
  3. Students could participate in the citizen science project, the Great Kereru Count 17-26 Sep https://www.greatkererucount.nz/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori
    • 2011 Report into the impact of colonisation on traditional Māori knowledge and culture. A good coverage of Mātauranga Māori and much more. Suggest starting with the conclusion and then skim through contents page for things that interest you.
    • Science Learning Hub have published Tidal communities – the companion to Life between the tides. Both resources focus on key concepts, pedagogy and te ao Māori connections, and have links to relevant resources.
  3. Student opportunities:
  4. Digital support:
  5. Science Careers
  6. Professional Reading:
  7. With COVID lock-down, ESA is extending a conference 20% discount on texts & revision books to all schools, teachers & students. Code ChemBio21. Buying 5+ gets you another 20% off the bulk price. Use this link to automatically activate the discount at checkout.
  8. Biozone is giving free access to their eBook LITE for 90 days to all schools, current customers or not. This is a digital version of their print books. Please collate info (numbers of students & teachers at each level), then fill in this form once for each school. Takes up to 78h.


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science:
  3. Chemistry:
    • An infographic explaining how air purification methods remove viruses from the air
    • Differentiated, editable worksheets on organic chemistry
  4. Physics:
  5. Primary & intermediate:
  6.  EfS:
  7. STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths)
  8.  Science
    • Sound is a great context for exploring waves & energy transformations. Science Learning Hub has at-home sound activities that range from the early years to secondary levels
    • Otago museum has at home resources on making ginger beer as well as reaction time, bubbles and lifting fingerprints activities

Cheers, Mike

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