Mike’s News Sep 30

1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/  
29 Sep-5 Oct Tuvalu Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
1-31 Oct Health Literacy month www.healthliteracymonth.org/
1-31 Oct Save Kiwi month www.kiwisforkiwi.org/save-kiwi-week/schools
4-10 Oct World Space week www.worldspaceweek.org/
5/30 Oct World/NZ Teachers day www.worldteachersday.org
6-12 Oct Fiji language week www.mpia.govt.nz
7 Oct World Habitat Day https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
7 Oct        Café Scientifique: NZ’s extinct frogs, The Arborist, 166 Willis St, Wgtn, 5:30 – 7 pm
8 Oct Ada Lovelace day, women in STEM http://findingada.com/    
9-11 Oct U-Learn, Rotorua 9 – 11 Oct. Register here
10 Oct World Sight Day http://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day
10 Oct Lisa Matisoo-Smith talk on DNA & human migration, 1 Fell St, Blenheim, 6-7:30 pm
10 Oct Deadline to nominate a teacher or student for PM’s science prizes
11-12 Oct Breast Cancer Awareness www.nzbcf.org.nz             (Pink Ribbon)
13-19 Oct Earth Sciences week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
13-19 Oct Get Ready Week, marking the International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
13-19 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
Moon 1Q Oct 6       FM Oct 14       3Q Oct 22       NM Oct 28.       
  1. Language week resources:


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
    • Kauwhata Reo is a central online hub for te reo Māori resources. It is designed to make teaching and learning in te reo Māori fun, easy and relevant for teachers, learners and whānau.
  2. Ak Practice Day workshop for Scholarship Chemistry Sat 12 Oct. Info: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Schol-Practice-Day-in-Ak.pdf


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. Astronomy:
    • A video, assembled from hundreds of thousands of separate images, of the rendezvous of the Rosetta spacecraft with a comet back in 2016.
    • USA celebrates Earth Observation Day October 15 to engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool. Lessons and activities and resources available at https://americaview.org/program-areas/education/earth-observation-day/
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:


  1. A summary of where the NCEA review is up to and what can be expected in the next few months: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/RAS-Trial-of-Level-1-Science.docx
  2. A summary of trends in past exams is a useful activity to ask students to do (Carolle Varughese): https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Mechanics-Trends-L3.pdf

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD for Auckland teachers from Learning Network NZ ph 09 835 0912:
    • Women in Leadership Series – Creating a Culture of Care in the Workplace.Mary-Anne Murphy discusses the challenges of Well-being at a “people” and “systems” level. 31 Oct
    • Innovative Learning Environments.Mark Osborne leads a hands-on workshop designing a learning environment that is effective for all learners. 22 Nov
  2. Science Learning Hub is running a free online professional development webinar,Science capabilities in action, on Thurs 31 Oct, 4:00–4:45 pm. Greta Dromgool will present the workshop alongside participants of the Royal Society Science Teacher Leadership Programme. Register here for this Zoom webinar.
  3. Science Seminar: Perspectives in the 21st Century. The science symposium / seminar series was established in 2005 to provide a PLD opportunity for science leaders in the Waikato & BoP regions. Relevant for ECE, primary, secondary & tertiary teachers. 15 Nov 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, Waikato uni (gate 4), 180 Hillcrest Rd, Hamilton. https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/OFRE11/
  4. Mel Galbraith (Unitec) is organising a seminar day for senior biology teachers: Biology in Context, Wed 27 Nov.  Please keep the day free. Topics & registration details to follow.

Cheers, Mike