Mike’s News Aug 30

30 Aug Earnest Rutherford was born 150 years ago http://www.rutherford.org.nz/
31 Aug Deadline to apply for The Gifted Learners Awards for learners from ECE to yr 13
1 Sep NZ Random Acts of Kindness Day https://rak.co.nz/
1-30 Sep Save our Sight Month www.nzao.co.nz
1-30 Sep Asthma Awareness Month http://www.breathebetterseptember.co.nz/
3 Sep Deadline to register for TRCC primary teachers conference 2 Oct.
4-12 Sep Conservation Week https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/events/conservation-week/
5 Sep Tsunami warning siren test at the beginning of daylight savings (1st Sun in Sep)
5-11 Sep Tongan Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
8 Sep International Literacy day https://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy-all
10 Sep Deadline to apply for 2022 Science Teaching Leadership Program
Moon 3Q 30 Aug     NM 7 Sep     1Q 14 Sep     FM 21 Sep
  1. Conservation Week resources
  2. A reminder that science technicians need to register for ConSTANZ21 by Aug 31 (although you don’t need to be a technician to attend). https://constanz2021.wixsite.com/christchurch


  1. Mātauranga Māori
  2. Pedagogy:
    • Science Journal for Kids updated weekly with a new article aimed specifically at teenagers and relevant Q n A. Searchable.
    • Science News for Students updated daily, every article contains a glossary of keywords and some (under Analyze This) have Q & A.
  3. Professional reading/watching:
  4. Student opportunities:
  5. Digital support:
    • Advice for using PhET sims during remote online learning
    • “If you use OneNote & need pre-prepared workbooks (notes, tutorial videos, work) all set up for senior Chem standards (& yr 9-11 science) – email me & I can send the file to download to your book.” gz@camhigh.school.nz Sarah Gaze
    • Online support is now available from te Kura. Students can be enrolled in 1 or 2 subjects if their school cannot support them from home in level 3 or 4. More info here, FAQs here. Eligibility criteria queries to enrolment@tekura.school.nz
  6. Otago teachers & students are asked to participate in the Great Otago Gull Count! During Conservation Week 6-10 Sep, record any gulls you observe in your school yard or back yard or local park during 1 day. More info here or here.


  1. Biology:
  2. Agricultural and Horticultural Science:
    • MPI lessons on primary industries.
    • Lauren Roberts, Lincoln University Farms Educational Facilitator, has created resources on dairy farming aimed at Year 11’s. Register here to access 6 lessons.
  3. Earth & Space Science:
  4. Chemistry:
  5. Physics:
  6. Science of COVID:
    • Some lovely graphics about the different COVID vaccines and their development
  7.  EfS:
  8.  Science
  9.  NoS


  1. As a result of the lockdown, NCEA exams now run 22 Nov–14 Dec. MoE reminds teachers to ensure they are gathering evidence for Derived Grades and unexpected event grades.

Cheers, Mike

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