Biology Cluster Meeting

This group aims to meet each term to share ideas, such as:

  • Potential areas for collaboration in senior Biology
  • Sharing course outlines and approaches
  • Feedback on areas of Focus for BEANZ
  • Other suggestions?



Please register  your interest in this group, and to receive updates,  with our  local BEANZ regional representative, Ian Reeves (


Ian Reeves, Canterbury BEANZ rep

HOD Science, Papanui High School

03 352 6119 ext. 840

2017 BEANZ Workshop




Temple  Basin - a unique insight into the alpine world

Temple Basin lies above Arthurs Pass and straddles the boundary between the east and west of the Southern Alps.

Its unique alpine environment provides a popular, dramatic and compelling insight into New Zealand’s alpine environment - so much so that for 50 years many Cantabrians and ‘Coasters have had their ecological views and values moulded by school trips and personal visits to the comfortable facilities available here.

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Do your students love Practical Work ?

In 1976 the Ministry of Education published and distributed (gratis) a set of practical tasks, which  Biology students should complete. This was in response to the fact that Biology was identified as a highly practical subject and hands-on lab' activities were seen as a powerful learning strategy.


Of the approximately 80 practicals, Y12 students nationwide were expected to have completed at least 25% of them ... one or two per week.


The format now makes them look a tad dated and a few practicals are (sadly) no longer allowed (eg using a drop of your own blood), however the tasks themselves and the standard of thinking required of students remain superb for this level.


We have a lot to thank our earlier colleagues for.


Originals of this resource will still be in many schools ...



Y12 Biology Practicals 1976


(22 Mb. Pdf format. Not searchable)


v.Beta  April 2018


Canterbury Science Teachers Association
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