Mike’s News Sep 9

1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/  
9-15 Sep Maori Language week www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz
9-15 Sep Keep NZ Beautiful Week (Clean Up Week) www.knzb.org.nz/ 
9 Sep NZASE Safety in School Labs workshop, Whangarei Girls’. Book here.
10 Sep NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10, Whangarei Girls’. Register here
11 Sep ASTA event at Stardome Observatory, 4:30-6:30. Book here.
12 Sep NZASE Safety in school labs course, Berkley Normal Middle school, Hamilton. Book here.
12 Sep Science Learning Hub free online PLD, 4-4:45pm, Online Citizen Science. Register here
12 Sep Deadline for proposals for Curious Minds funding. More info here.
12 Sep Deadline to apply to enter NZ Chem Olympiad Sep exam. Enter here.
13 Sep NZASE Safety in school labs course, Tauranga Girls’. Book here.
14-22 Sep Conservation Week www.doc.govt.nz
14 Sep Mini-conference on STEAM, Rosehill College, Auckland, 9:30-2:30. More info here.
16 Sep International Day to Preserve O3 www.uneptie.org/ozonaction/events/ozoneday.   
19 Sep NZ Chemistry Olympiad training group selection exam on-line thru’ Education Perfect
21 Sep Alison Campbell’s 2nd Bio Schol prep day, Sancta Maria College 10am – 3pm. Book here.
22-28 Sep Chinese language week https://www.nzclw.com/
23 Sep Spring Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set
Moon FM Sep 14       3Q Sep 22       NM Sep 29       1Q Oct 6.        
  1. Conservation Week (14-22 Sep) LiveStream activities from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research: Harakeke   Arthropods       Fungi       Bacteria       Subantarctica     


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. AnyQuestions responses to student’s research questions about
  3. The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes applications are now open and close Oct 10.
  4. ESSE subject association is having its 1st AGM in Wgtn this month. They can pay travel expenses for any members or regional reps who would like to be involved. Info: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Earth-and-Space-Science-Educators-AGM.docx
  5. Have your say in the public consultation on our Biodiversity Strategy before 22 Sep https://www.the-hive.nz/
  6. Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is having an open day 14 Sep. Flora & fauna guides available on the trail 8-11am. Keith Woodley talks at the centre at 11 am. Volunteers weed the shell bank at 12 pm. All welcome, bring your lunch.


  1. Geology:
  2.  Biology:
  3. Chemistry
  4. Physics:
  5. Science:
  6. Nature of Science

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. PLD for those mentoring teachers in their school https://teachingcouncil.nz/content/courses-relevant-mentor-teacher-development
  2. Nick Pattison and a group of students will show how STEM fits in with your curriculum at Ormiston College, Sat 21 Sep (new date!). Learning Network NZ. $250 for nonmembers https://www.learningnetwork.ac.nz/shared/products/productCourse.aspx?id=COUR1931

Cheers, Mike