Mike’s News Oct 30

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 www.nzbcf.org.nz (Pink Ribbon)
30 Oct NZ teachers’ day
31 Oct Talk on melting ice sheets, 5:30-6:30pm, L2, Hunter Building, Gate 2,VuW. Book here.
31 Oct Nominations close for Cawthron’s Freshwater Champions award at 5pm
5 Nov Deadline to apply for award for teachers of gifted students
5 Nov World Tsunami Awareness Day
6-30 Nov NZQA exams
8 Nov National STEM/STEAM day US website
10 Nov World science day https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-science-day
12 Nov Diwali https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/new-zealand/diwali
14 Nov World Diabetes day https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/theme/
Moon 3Q Nov 5 NM Nov 13 1Q Nov 20 FM Nov 27
  1. Stargazing 101, astronomy for beginners Wed 8 Nov at Carter observatory, Wellington. $40 https://www.museumswellington.org.nz/stargazing-101-astronomy-for-beginners/
  2. Mantras of the Mountains: A public lecture by geology prof Michael Petterson, 9 Nov, 4:30–7:30pm, WA224A & B, AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley St E, Auckland. Register here.
  3. Earth Fest is a festival of earth science Sat 11 Nov 9 am – 3 pm, Walter Nash Centre, 22 Taine St, Taita, Lower Hutt. https://earthfest.nz/


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Mātauranga Māori:
  3.  Pedagogy:
  4. Professional reading/watching/listening:
  5. Student opportunities:
    • The MacDiarmid Institute’s Discovery Scholarship supports Māori & Pacific Island students studying in the physical sciences. These scholarships will pay uni fees up to $8,000 for the 2024 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $3,000. Details here, apply by 5pm Dec 17
    • The Motutapu Outdoor Education Trust has an opportunity for a school leaver or young person to work on a paid Internship.Motutapu internship
  6.  Revision:
  7.  HoD:


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4.  Chemistry:
  5.  Physics:
  6. Primary & intermediate:
  7.  Science:
  8. Nature of Science:
    • Use the CRAAP test to decide which of these 2 readings on climate change is more credible and reliable: one or two?

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. Hive Mind, free online PLD from Science in a van & the Science Learning Hub, is next happening on 9 Nov, 4 – 4:45pm Come along to hear what teachers from all around Aotearoa are up to & share planning tips & tricks. Useful for years 1-10. Register here. Resources from the last one here.
  2. HATA is running AgHort regional hubs on developing course and resources for new L1 NCEA assessments. Info here AgHort Hub Info  Register here
  3. Understanding the weather is a series of 4 2-hour webinars Tues evenings in November, watch live or watch recorded. https://www.oenz.co.nz/courses/weather-course-3

Cheers, Mike

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