Mikes News Sep 21

20-26 Sep

Chinese language week

21 Sep

Deadline to enter ANZCCART essay competition on use of animals in research. Info here

21-25 Sep

New date for sign language week https://nzslweek.org.nz/

22 Sep

Deadline to submit expressions of interest for trialling draft science assessments

23 Sep

Spring Equinox NZ http://www.rasnz.org.nz/in-the-sky/sun-rise-and-set

26 Sep

Schol Chem practice day at Ak uni. $40.

27 Sep

World Rivers day http://worldriversday.com/

27 Sep

Tsunami warning siren test at the beginning of daylight saving


Tuvalu Language week www.mpia.govt.nz


Fleming discovers penicillin. https://www.famousscientists.org/alexander-fleming/

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)

2 Oct

Deadline for Antarctica through fresh eyes video competition

4-10 Oct

Fiji language week www.mpia.govt.nz

4-10 Oct

World Space week www.worldspaceweek.org/


1Q 24 Sep       FM 2 Oct      3Q 10 Oct      NM 17 Oct


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
    • Knowt is a tool designed to turn class notes into revision questions that go beyond simple recall. Also useful for us in our teaching? https://knowt.io/
  3. Professional reading/watching:
  4.  Revision:
    • From 21 Sep the StudyIt forums will be open for some good discussion for Level 1, 2 & 3 Bi, Ch, Sc/ESS, Phys students. Now works on cell phones. https://studyit.govt.nz/
  5. Science Careers
  6. Digital support
    • Science Learning Hub has resources that support distance learning. Some don’t require internet access – simply print & distribute. Also links to Home Learning TV episodes with supporting material (also good for classroom use). E.g. Shawn Cooper (yrs 7-10 science)


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5. Science of COVID-19:
  6. EfS:
  7. Primary & Intermediate
  8. Nature of Science


  1. ERO have released a 6-page overview of their research to understand the impact of Covid-19 on teaching & learning here. It’s well worth a read. http://ow.ly/MTqw50Be11f
  2. A reminder that EOIs need to be in by tomorrow (Tuesday 22 Sep) if you would like to trial the L1 Science materials. MoE has had a few schools respond but could do with more. https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/ncea-review/review-of-achievement-standards/review-of-achievement-standards-phase-2/mini-pilot-2021-expression-of-interest/


  1. MWC biology PLD is free and goes from 9am-3pm. Full venue details will be sent to all who register, do this here. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/MWC-PLD-posters.docx

Cheers, Mike