Mike’s News Sep 27

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/
5/30 Oct World/NZ Teachers day www.worldteachersday.org
10 Oct Deadline to register for Chemistry International Olympiad
10-15 Oct International Wetlands conference exploring traditional knowledge
10-16 Oct Earth Sciences week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
Moon 3Q 29 Sep     NM 7 Oct     1Q 13 Oct     FM 21 Oct
  1. Resources for Fijian Language week: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Common-Fiji-Phrases-2p.docx
  2. The PM’s Science Teacher Prize is awarded for those whose high-quality pedagogical approach has been shown to improve student outcomes, and who are involved in science in their community. The PM’s Future Scientist Prize is awarded to a Year 12 or 13 akonga for outstanding achievement in a practical and innovative science research, maths, technology or engineering project. Both are worth $50,000, and the deadline is 25 October. Few applications have been received. Is there someone you know who deserves a nomination?
  3. Science events in Bay of Plenty during the holidays: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/BoP-Holiday-STEM-Activities.docx
  4. Technicians: NZEI is holding paid union meetings for support staff members this week – online. Schedule.


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Student opportunities:
    • NZ Chemistry Olympiad selection exam (on Education Perfect) is now 19 – 21 Oct (you find best time for your students). Registrations will now remain open until 10 Oct.
    • Salters’ Institute Festivals of Chemistry are 1-day face-to-face events for students at their local UK uni. This year 6 regional festivals can be freely accessed on-line – events, tours, pre-recorded expts, interactive shows. Request to register your school . [Ian T]
  3. Digital support:


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science:
  3. Chemistry:
    • A collection of tools for teaching about oil, gas, and other energy sources – activities, experiments, and presentations. Energy4Me online
    • Salters Institute Chemistry is now a free online interactive learning platform for 11–14-year-olds. Teachers register the school here and then students can register with a school e-mail address which has to be verified by a teacher. [Ian Torrie[
  4. Physics:
  5. Primary & intermediate:
  6. Science of COVID:
  7.  EfS:
  8.  Science

Professional Learning and Development

  1. CORE education is developing PLD for those aspiring to principal/tumuaki positions. They are asking for ideas from middle leaders in primary, intermediate or secondary schools to help plan the program. Go to this google doc.
  2. Link for last week’s panel discussion with those trialing the new science standards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg4CAHetyAs
  3. MoE offers regionally-allocated PLD for free. You decide the focus, back it up with some evidence and apply online. The next deadline for these applications is 29 Oct. Once MoE has agreed, you select the PLD facilitator. https://pld.education.govt.nz/.
  4. Our subject associations are preparing to deliver PLD next year on the new standards. And for this they need a contact for each science department. This is very hard to find if HOD contact details are not on your school’s website. Please forward the HoDs name and email address to these folk for this purpose: Donna at nzase@xtra.co.nz. If you have Agriculture or Horticulture teachers send it to Kerry at k.allen@stpauls.school.nz for HATA. Allan at admin@beanz.org.nz 

Cheers, Mike

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