Mike’s News Sep 13

14-20 Sep

Maori Language week www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz

16 Sep

International Day to Preserve O3 www.uneptie.org/ozonaction/events/ozoneday

22 Sep

Spring Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set

23 Sep

Education Perfect exam to select Chemistry Olympiad training group

26 Sep

World Rivers day http://worldriversday.com/

26-29 Sep

CONASTA conference for Ozzie sci teachers 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


1Q 14 Sep FM 21 Sep 3Q 29 Sep NM 7 Oct

  1. Due to the L4 lockdown some event schedules are changing
  2. Online science workshop for children 4-10 years old available on Friday 17 Sep 3-3:40 or 4-4:40 pm. For more info please email Jess Singh info@littlescientists.co.nz
  3. Some ideas for Māori Language week


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. The latest NZASE newsletter (available Monday) has articles on lead in Karitane’s water supply, keeping eels in a primary school and a profile of a Māori scientist. Sign up for the newsletter here https://nzase.org.nz/. Join NZASE here https://nzase.org.nz/membership/
  3. Info on NCEA requirements changed as a results of school closures: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/COVID-19-Info-in-Leaders-Bulletin.docx
  4. Tushar Sharma has created a student resource kit for nature photography that might be useful for lockdown home learning: Student resource kit


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
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  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:


  1. NZASE is looking for a Network of Expertise Manager with teaching and/or facilitation experience. Their job will be to develop, grow and sustain peer-to-peer networks of teachers to provide support through means such as online forums, resource sharing, inquiry clusters and face to face collaboration. More details in the RfP at https://gazette.education.govt.nz/vacancies/1HAPQ1-science-network-of-expertise-manager/
  2. Papa Taiao Earthcare offers practical courses (fencing, possum trapping, keeping bees) with Unit Standard credits for secondary students. They are looking to fill 2 roles, a facilitator in Porirua and a coordinator in Wellington Central. Deadline 21 Sep

Professional Learning and Development (PLD)

  1. ESSE is presenting an introductory ESS Scholarship webinar at three different times: Tues 14 Sep 10-11 am; Wed 15 Sep 4-5:30 pm; and Wed 15 Sep 7:30-9 pm. For both teachers and students. To register fill in this form: ESS Introductory Webinar.
  2. NZASE has organised a panel discussion with teachers from 3 schools involved in this years’ pilot of the new L1 science standards. Tues 14 Sep, 7-8pm. Register at https://forms.gle/3wdLRonHDzpatV6W6 
  3. Science Learning Hub’s next webinar is with Tame Malcolm, to explore mātauranga and science in indigenous pest management, Th 23 Sep, 4:00–4:45 pm. Register here to join.
  4. If you have questions about education outside the classroom under Alert Level 2 conditions, Fiona McDonald from Education Outdoors NZ is providing a Q&A Zoom hui Mon 13 Sep 3.45–4.15pmRegister here to attend.

Cheers, Mike

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