Important notices for Earth and Space Science educators:


Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023   

I am excited to officially announce and invite you to the kick-off of the next Space for Planet Earth Challenge 2023.  (18 May,5:30-7:30pm at GridAKL Futures Lab, Auckland and live streamed). It would be great if you can help us promote the event by sharing the invitation to your network or internal channels.

This year's competition focuses on leveraging satellite data to identify areas of methane emissions.  Join us in person or online to learn about how satellite data can be used to address this climate issue, and how to participate in the challenge as an applicant, speaker, evaluator, mentor or sponsor. RSVP now.

Ad Astra,

The SpaceBase Team


Safety and Science

Safety and Science/Pūtaiao: Guidance for New Zealand Schools and Kura provides a good resource for keeping kaiako, ākonga and others healthy and safe when using hazardous substances in teaching science. Teaching science can be a way of developing a culture of safety in kura. This will help ensure that, in their daily lives and when they enter the workforce, ākonga will carry with them an awareness of the importance of taking care for their own health and safety and the health and safety of other people.

The refreshed manual is available at: Planning for science programmes / Science equipment / Teaching science / Home - Science Online ( under Safety.

Many thanks to the NZASE executive committee, members and STANZ who raised issues when the Safety and Science/Pūtaiao: Guidance for New Zealand Schools and Kura was first published, and have been involved in its revision. This manual will provide school boards, kaiako, laboratory managers, laboratory technicians and others a valuable tool in managing the risks associated with the use of hazardous substances in kura laboratories.


Lead Secondary Advisors

The Ministry of Education is currently in the process of recruiting Lead Secondary Advisors (LSAs) to assist in leading the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) for Level 2 and 3 subjects.
LSAs are responsible for leading several Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) to develop the complete suite of NCEA products including supporting the piloting process. LSAs also work with implementation teams to

ensure accompanying documentation is clear and fit for purpose.  

They are looking for experienced teachers and school middle leaders who have expertise in pedagogical practice within the secondary sector and thoroughly understand assessment methodology. Experience with NCEA and a deep understanding of the NCEA Change Programme will be important for this role.  

Further details can be found here

Lead Secondary Advisor Job in Wellington Central, Wellington - SEEK. Applications close 17 May 2023. 


Ngā mihi nui,


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Te Poutāhū (Curriculum Centre)