Mike’s News Sep 28

27Sep-3Oct Tuvalu Language week www.mpia.govt.nz
28Sep1928 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/
5/30 Oct* World/NZ Teachers day www.worldteachersday.org
5 Oct World Habitat Day https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/
7-8 Oct ULearn online conference https://core-ed.org/events/ulearn
8 Oct World Sight Day (2nd Th Oct*) http://www.iapb.org/advocacy/world-sight-day
9 Oct Deadline to enter for PM’s science prizes https://www.pmscienceprizes.org.nz/
9 Oct Deadline to apply for centrally funded PLD. Info here.
11-17 Oct Niue language week www.mpia.govt.nz
11-17 Oct Earth Sciences Week (USA) http://www.earthsciweek.org/about-esw
Moon FM 2 Oct 3Q 10 Oct NM 17 Oct 1Q 24 Oct


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  2. Pedagogy:
  3. Auckland’s Whau River Catchment Trust is recruiting new board members. They are looking for applicants passionate about providing quality green space for our community and about native wildlife. They need a board with skills in lots of areas – IT, education, not for profit governance, financial management, cultural & environmental understanding & fund raising.
  4. This is the best time to view Mars for 15 years. On Oct 13 Mars will be very close to us, as it lines up with the Sun & Earth, so surface features will be more visible in a small telescope. Mars is bright red, rises in the east late evening & will get brighter over the next 2 weeks.


  1. Biology:
  2. Earth & Space Science
  3. Chemistry:
  4. Physics:
  5.  EfS:
    • A series of short videos exploring the wonderful world of worms! Worm farms are a great way for students to take action to reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. T
    • Climate Action has a curriculum and lesson plans for teaching about climate change. Sign in here. https://www.climate-action.info/user
  6. Primary & Intermediate
  7. Nature of Science
  8.  Science


  1. The new PLD website is now up and running in English and te reo Māori. The term “locally-focused PLD” has been replaced with “regionally-allocated PLD”. Go here to apply for PLD by 9 Oct for 2021 and to find information.

Professional Learning and Development

  1. Auckland ESS workshop 20 Nov, flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/ESS-Auckland-PLD-Nov-2020.docx Student teachers please note there may be funding from the NZESSE for student-teachers to attend.
  2. Alison Campbell is organising an online hui for Schol Bio teachers in the hols. Contribute to the doodle poll to find a date/time. https://doodle.com/poll/ckr8zz2u34t7gpcy
  3. BEANZ is offering a workshop on the draft standards Nov 23: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-BEANZ-Workshop-Auckland.docx