Mike’s News 27 Jan

1 Jan  International year of the Plant Health   http://www.fao.org/plant-health-2020/home/en/
25 JanChinese New Year begins   https://chinesenewyear.net/
26 Jan World leprosy day  www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/world-leprosy-day
1-28 Feb Bikewise month https://can.org.nz/article/february-is-bikewise-month
1-29 Feb Heart Awareness Month www.heartfoundation.org.nz/for-women  
2 Feb        World Wetlands Day.  www.fishandgame.org.nzwww.doc.govt.nz
3 Feb 1931 Napier-Hastings Earthquake.  www.teara.govt.nz/en/historic-earthquakes/page-6
4 Feb World Cancer Day.  http://www.worldcancerday.org/
7 Feb National Periodic Table day.  http://www.periodictableday.org/
Moon NM 25 Jan     1Q 2 Feb     FM 9 Feb     3Q 16 Feb
  1. A calendar for the year: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Dates-for-2020.doc
  2. DoC’s Protecting our marine world resource can be used to support learning about & taking action to protect our marine world as a lead up or follow up to Seaweek (29 Feb – 8 March). 


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy:
  1. Literacy
  1. Pedagogy:
  1. Student competitions:
  1. eLearning


  1. Geology:
  1. Biology:
  1. AgHort:
  1. Astronomy:
  1. Chemistry:
  1. Physics:
  1. Science:
    • In December MoE released a climate change teacher resource, more of a SS focus but may have some useful ideas. https://bit.ly/3aigH3h


  1. The 1st draft from the review of Achievement Standards is out for L1 Science. Please go to http://bit.ly/37tnSDu to read and give feedback. Have a good look at all the documents, as the supporting rationale explains the underlying thinking. Any questions go to FAQs at https://conversation.education.govt.nz/conversations/ncea-review/review-of-achievement-standards/feedback-pilot-phase/pilot-phase-faqs/
  2. A reminder of the resources available for the new 1 and C 2.2: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/New-L2-Chem-Stds.docx

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. NZ Primary Schools Teachers’ Conference 16-17 April, at St. Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Rd, Epsom, Auckland. https://nzptc.com/
  2. A calendar of clusters, workshops and events that Auckland’s Sustainable Schools facilitators will deliver in 2020. sustainableschools@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
  3. The best things people take from conference often come from workshops where teachers share their practice. What did you do differently in 2019? What were you working on? Others can benefit from what you have learned, so please consider presenting at SciCon 2020, it’s not too late. More info here https://nzase.org.nz/scicon-2020/scicon-registration/
  4. PD relating to the Takahē Recovery Programme & BEANZ’s QAAM’d task Bio 2.6 “Where have all theTakahē Gone?” 31 Jan, 4-7pm at Zealandia in Wgtn, $16.20. Book here.


“The Auckland Seventh Day Adventist High (ASDAH) is a Christian special character school in Mangere Bridge. We are looking for a fulltime teacher to teach General Science (yr 9-11) and Physics (yr 12-13).” Alison Baatjies alison@asdah.school.nz

Cheers, Mike