Current Events & Spelling Quiz
Our popular Quiz Events attract over 2,000 pupils from various regions across the South Island. The quizzes contain 10 exciting rounds across Current Events & Spelling, for more information and dates simply click below.
Environment Issue: Sustainability
In this issue, we look at what is the importance of sustainability, the three pillars of sustainability and touch on the primary goals of sustainability and how we might live in harmony with the natural world around us, protecting it from damage and destruction.
Extra! Feature Topics
Extra! contains 16 pages of great content for your pupils, including seven pages of social science activities, current events quizzes, NZ and world mapping, and a focus on current issues.
Short Story & Poetry Competition
The theme is open this year - so get your class thinking creatively for this one! Submit any short stories or poetry before Friday 27 September, 2019 and be into win one of our goody bags!
"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."
This year, 20 July will mark fifty years since the first human landed on the moon. Apollo 11, with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Michael Collins, were the first crewed mission to land safely on the moon and to then return back to Earth. This was an important event, at the time, as it had never been achieved before.
Check out the details of Apollo 11 and its manned lunar landing and fun facts about the moon and what lurks out there in outer space. You will be surprised.
Newspapers stacking up in your classroom? Read our top 6 ways that you can recycle your ODT and Extra! papers with your classroom! The Extra! Environment Issue: Sustainability is out July 23, 2019! Make sure you get your classroom’s order in today for access to great resources that will help your pupils learn about sustainability and much more!
The Extra! Magical Issue contains a monthly feature topic with this month focusing on the well known author JK Rowling! Test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter and JK Rowling with this months issue of the Extra! publication.
The 2019 Extra! Spelling quizzes saw more than 200 top spellers compete against other schools in the region at Christchurch South Intermediate. And it all came down to a thrilling tie-breaker!
International stars of the literary world will rub shoulders with national and local writers in a “cracking good line-up” for the 2019 Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival. Held every two years, the fourth Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival will run from from May 9 to 12. The festival will feature 60 authors in 36 events across four days. Topics will range from fake news, feminism, and race to hip-hop, Shakespeare, and the Dunedin sound.
Check out interviews with illustrator, Toby Morris and author, presenter, Fifi Colston. A big thanks to Sam McGee and Bethany Elder for interviewing these two talented people.
Don’t forget to book your tickets to the various events at www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz
Starting to teach your pupils about financial literacy allows them to make informed decisions in the future, which affects their university, working and retirement funds. With this in mind, this issue of Extra! Delves into what our needs and wants are, what is savings and debt and what it takes to become a financially capable citizen.
Animals have fulfilled various roles during wartime. They have attended men into combat as modes of transport and communication, protectors and companions. Animals have also been used to carry the injured, perform sentry duties, carrying men and munitions, carrying out search and rescue operations, detecting gas in trenches, locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan, and as mascots to boost morale.
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for ‘valour in the face of the enemy’ to members of the armed forces of Commonwealth countries. It was introduced in 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War.
“The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue.” Malala Yousafzai
Wars have been fought for thousands of years. They occur over issues to do with land and resources, religion, economics, nationalism, politics and even revenge. Wars have become destructive of late, due to the advancement of technology and industrialisation, in warfare. Thousands of people become displaced when their homes become destroyed. Many innocent people are caught up in the recklessness of war, yet wars prevail. In this issue of Extra! we will try and look at what war is and how it impacts on our communities, here in Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas.
With the unprecedented events that have unfolded in Christchurch, we as a team have made the difficult decision to hold back the publishing date for Extra! The War Issue. Not because we want to shy away from this topic but because we believe this is the time to spend bringing the community together, for celebrating diversity, for supporting our young people and most importantly for extending our love and compassion to the Muslim community.
In this special edition of Extra!, we dedicate a full 16 pages, to warfare and remembrance. From the First World War to the war in Afghanistan, which is coming up to the longest war Americans have been involved in. (17.4 years as of 2018) We will also share the stories of New Zealand war heroes, women during wartime, modern wars and how technology has impacted the way wars are fought today.