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Biology Cluster Meeting  Tuesday 28th November 2017

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?


Teaching Biology Through Microbes Workhop

Region: Canterbury

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2017

Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Venue: Papanui High School


In response to member requests, the 2017 workshop will explore how we can make use of microbes to teach biological concepts and skills, explore socio-scientific issues and work collaboratively across the curriculum.

Participants will have the opportunity to trial practical “glow in the dark” bacteria kits, make use of different pedagogical strategies for student involvement and engagement and share best practice.

There will also be time to have a look at our latest QAAM task - Bio3.1 “Animal Behaviour Study” as well as ensure all members can access the secure area of our website.


This workshop is part of BEANZ service to professional learning for all biological educators so there is no cost to attend. However, please be aware that the QAAM task and secure website access is only available to our members.


Please bring your laptop, a copy of the NZC and one resource or idea to share.

All resources from the workshop will be made available to registered participants via a shared Google Drive. The focus is on sharing some ideas from BEANZ and sharing ideas with out colleagues.


Please register with your local BEANZ regional representative, Ian Reeves ( prior to 23rd November.  More details about the workshop will follow closer to the date.


Ian Reeves, Canterbury BEANZ rep

HOD Science, Papanui High School

03 352 6119 ext. 840

2017 BEANZ Workshop




Need More 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)


Temple Basin - a precious 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.

More ...



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Canterbury Science Teachers Association
Attribution: By Gilbertus - Own work. Wikicommons
Canterbury Science Teachers Association
Canterbury Science Teachers Association
Attribution: By Gilbertus - Own work. Wikicommons