Mike’s News Nov 6

6-30 Nov NZQA exams
8 Nov Stargazing 101, astronomy for beginners, Carter observatory, Wellington. $40
8 Nov National STEM/STEAM day US website
9 Nov Hive Mind, free online PLD 4-4:45 pm for years 1-10. Register here.
9 Nov Geology lecture by prof Michael Petterson, 4:30–7:30 pm, WA224A & B. Register here.
9 Nov BEANZ workshop, Ak, Landcare Research, 231 Morrin Rd, 9:30-3:30. Register here
10 Nov BEANZ workshop, Wgtn, Chilton St James Sch, Waterloo Rd, 9am-3pm. Register Here
10 Nov World science day https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-science-day
11 Nov Earth Fest 9 am – 3 pm, Walter Nash Centre, 22 Taine St, Taita, Lower Hutt.
12 Nov Diwali https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/new-zealand/diwali
13 Nov BEANZ workshop, Hokitika, Westland HS, Hampden St. 10am-3pm. Register here.
14 Nov World Diabetes day https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/theme/
16 Nov BEANZ workshop, Inglewood HS, 129 Rata St. 10am-3pm. Register with Sarah.
17 Nov Peak of Leonid meteor shower 4 am http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/meteor-showers
17 Nov Chemistry Teachers Day at Ak uni. Free. Info and registration here.
18 Nov International day of LGBT people in STEM. https://prideinstem.org/lgbtstemday/
18-24 Nov Antibiotic Resistance week www.who.int/campaigns/world-antibiotic-awareness-week/en/
Moon NM Nov 13      1Q Nov 20      FM Nov 27      3Q Dec 5
  1. NCEA L3 AgHort webinar for 91532 Analyse a NZ Primary Production environmental issue Fri 10 Nov at 4:30 pm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyGzkKgldi0
  2. EarthFest public field trip exploring the geology of Wellington Sun 12 Nov. Info here https://earthfest.nz/field-trip
  3. Genetics Otago is hosting a hands-on workshop for local science teachers on their latest outreach module: Rare Genetic Disease. Tues 14 Nov, 1-3pm at Otago Uni. Sign up here.
  4. Kate Roud talks at Te Papa about adapting the Botanic Gardens for climate change on Th 23 Nov 11am-12:30pm. $30
  5. The Great Southern Bioblitz takes place across Southern Hemisphere countries 24 – 27 Nov. Register and upload observations to iNaturalist. https://www.greatsouthernbioblitz.org/about-1


  1. Mātauranga Māori:
  2.  Pedagogy:
  3. Professional reading/watching/listening:
    • Podcast the Seed Pod explores nature & conservation https://www.theseedpod.co.nz/podcast
    • Podcast about how teachers can use micro: bits – a programmable, pocket sized computer – to support, encourage and inspire children to live their best digital futures. Episode 10 here.
  4. Student opportunities:
  5. Research informed strategies to develop resilience https://twitter.com/ImpactWales/status/1715745863228690738/photo/1
  6. DoC’s annual report details some conservation success https://dxcprod.doc.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/corporate-publications/annual-reports-archive/annual-report-for-the-year-ended-30-june-2023/
  7. MoE has an initiative to arrange free home internet for any household with a school-age child and no current home internet connection.  MoE will pay for installation and monthly costs through to 30 June 2024, and are working on the solution for beyond. Now whanau can make direct contact through https://edos.kiwi/


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7. Education for Sustainability (EfS)

Can you Help?

  1. Chemistry teachers are invited to take part in an international survey of secondary school chemistry teachers being conducted by the IUPAC Committee on Chem Education. Questions are about practical activities with a sustainability focus. Takes 20-30mins. https://bit.ly/gschemsurvey

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. NiF workshops on L1 NCEA: Kerikeri High School, 24 Nov, 9-3pm. Register here
  2. Next Wellington HoDs meeting 15 Nov 1-3pm at St Pats, Kilbirnie.
  3. Regional reps in many centres are offering BEANZ workshops for biology teachers (although some are postponing to 2024). 2023 info in the table at the top (+ Dunedin 23 Nov, register here). Contact your regional rep for more info (you’ll find their email in the BEANZ newsletter).
  4. NZASE is offering PLD for secondary in term 4 (primary was term 3), with a focus on planning for NCEA. Find out more here. https://nzase.org.nz/nzase-network-expertise/  NZASE is also developing more resources for L1 Science, more info before the end of November.

Cheers, Mike

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