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Google Drive folder: The go-to place for resources. Email and you will be given access OR go to our website for access to individual folders. You will also be put onto our database so that you can receive notifications about workshops, events and new resources.

ESSENZ website: - the ‘go-to’ place news, conferences, field trips, resources and secure assessments.

Facebook: Look up Earth & Space Science Educators NZ or follow this link: Good for contacting other ESS teachers and getting ideas for assessments, field trips and class activities.

Workshop and webinar dates and other news: These will be sent out by website updates, Google Workspace newsletter, Facebook notifications and emails. Please read carefully to get up-to-date information.

Help for ESS/SciESS teachers: ESSENZ has a network of Regional Representatives (RR) that can offer help to ESS/SciESS teachers. Note that some of the regions overlap, so that teachers have a choice to suit their locality and needs, whether for individual help or workshop dates and venues.
The contact details for the
regional representatives can be found here.

1on1 help: Because ESS is a relatively small subject some teachers are not able to easily obtain the support that they need in areas such as ideas and task writing for internal standards, assistance with the moderation of student work and unfamiliar or difficult content in external standards. Contact your local RR here or, for a longer or trickier query, contact Jenny Pollock at . Jenny is also happy to have Zoom calls if longer discussions are needed.

PLD Workshops: It is difficult to run workshops this year, due to ongoing Covid-19 worry. Therefore we are changing our PLD programme to shorter Zoom sessions. For more information go to here. Hopefully, later on in the year, face-to-face enrichment days will be held that connect teachers with their regional representatives and the resources in their area.

Rural/distance/new to ESS help: Our funding enables us to assist teachers who aren’t able to get funding to come to workshops. This funding is for rural, distant teachers or for teachers new to ESS, but we will consider any reasonable request. We pay relief costs for the hours you would have worked at your school that day plus petrol for a car or mini-bus. If you think that you qualify email Jenny Pollock .

Resource development: If you have resources that you would like to develop, and would like some funding assistance, please contact Jenny Pollock at and we will send you an application form to fill in.

ESS Scholarship: Resources for both teachers and candidates are now available online here.
Workshops will be held in the main centres Covid permitting.
Zoom tutorials will also be held starting in late Term2. Contact Jenny Pollock at

ESA workbooks: