Mike’s News 8 April

9 Apr Teacher Council’s Tapasā PLD workshop Rotorua 3:30 – 5:45pm. Book here.
11 Apr Royal Society Matariki talk, 6pm, Ū.R. Cultural Centre 3 Fell St, Grovetown, Blenheim
12 Apr RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 12 Winchester St, Merrivale, Chch.   Info here.
12 Apr Deadline for BEANZ members to apply for a scholarship to attend Bioiive/ChemEd
12 Apr Deadline 4 early-bird rego for BioLive/ChemEd https://biolivechemed2019.wordpress.com/
12 Apr International Day of Human Space Flight   www.un.org/en/events/humanspaceflightday/
12 Apr Deadline to apply to Genesis School-Gen for STEM gear, solar panels etc.
15-17 Apr Physikos at NZIP conference, Canterbury uni http://Confer.nz/nzip2019
15-18 Apr HATA conference Palmerston North. Register here
17 Apr World Haemophilia day                      http://www.wfh.org/en/page.aspx?pid=492
18 Apr RS Matariki course, 6pm 416 Great King St., Dunedin. Info here.
22 Apr      Earth day.                                           www.earthday.net
23 Apr RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt, Wgtn. Info here.
24 Apr RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North. Info here.
25 Apr World malaria Day     http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/malaria/en/index.html
26April 1986 Chernobyl  www.world-nuclear.org/info/Safety-and-Security/Safety-of-Plants/Chernobyl-Accident/
26 Apr RS Matariki talk, 6pm, 1332 Liverpool St, Whanganui. Info here.
26-28 Apr Whitebait connection Mountains to Sea national wananga, Kaitaia
27 Apr RS Matariki talk, 5pm, Napier Conference Centre 48 Marine Pde, Napier. Info here.
29 Apr Save the frogs day                            www.savethefrogs.com/day/  www.nzfrogs.org/
30Apr – 6May   NZ Immunisation Week      www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2017/en/
Moon 1Q Apr 13          FM Apr 19          3Q Apr 27          NM May 5.       


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
    • A guide on teacher inquiry. Research shows that classroom practice is the most significant school-based influence on student achievement. In turn, teacher learning and professional development have the greatest effect on classroom practice. However, it is important to remember the key aim of inquiry is to better meet the needs of students. https://theeducationhub.org.nz/research-guide/how-to-undertake-teaching-as-inquiry/


  1. Geology:
  2. Biology:
    • At morning tea at the BEANZ workshop in Napier recently we discussed the biology books we were reading. And then realised it would be useful for our senior students to read these too. Would you suggest any others? Our suggestions listed here: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Biology-Reading-List.docx
  3. Astronomy:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:

Can You Help?

Nick Marsh, HoF Manurewa High School asks, “Are there schools reporting to parents as to which Curriculum Level in Science their child is at? Is it wide-spread or something that schools are currently grappling with?” To respond please email Nick at MA@manurewa.school.nz

Professional Learning & Development (PLD)

Mid May will see the next round of deadlines to apply for centrally funded PLD. If you are wanting to apply please contact your local science PLD facilitator to get the proposal process started.


“We urgently need a teacher for year 8, 9 and 10 Science classes for term 2 (and possibly term 3). This need has arisen due to a member of staff having unfortunately broken both ankles. She is still in hospital and awaiting complex surgery. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please ask them to contact either Dawn Ross (DP) or myself as soon as possible.” Martene Matthews, HoD Science, Albany Junior High School martene.matthews@ajhs.school.nz   dawn.ross@ajhs.school.nz

This will the last Mike’s News til May 6 as I will be overseas for 3 weeks.

Cheers, Mike