The Environment Issue: Sustainability

On 1 July the ban on single-use plastic bags came in to force, throughout New Zealand. This affects businesses from supermarkets, department stores and online stores. The government has just announced a $40 million investment in to facilities that can turn plastic waste in to materials that can be used again by businesses and consumers. The associate environment minister, Eugenie Sage, said on Morning Report, “that this ban and investment is only a start to deal with the impact plastic waste is having on our environment, (the ban) doesn’t go far enough, but what is really great is it’s started the conversation.”


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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

"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.

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Top 6 ways to reuse your newspaper in your classroom

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!

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Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

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

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Wartime Heroes and Animals - Classroom Printables

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.

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Extra! War Issue - out now.

Understanding 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.

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Kia Kaha, Extra! Kura

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.

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Special Edition: War Issue

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.

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The Top 6 Back to School 'Ice-breakers' for your Classroom

A new year brings new groups together and new friends to be made. Maybe you have the same class but there are a few new people. You may all know each other very well, it still is good to ‘break the ice’ and get to know each other again. These games will help loosen everyone up to get back, ‘into the groove’ of school. Try one in your classroom this year.

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