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.”
"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.Read More
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!Read 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.Read More
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!Read More
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.nzRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Come with us, on this journey to investigate volcanoes, and how much this natural phenomenon has impacted our landscape and our lives. And find fun facts, experiments and science resources to try in your classroom.Read More
With civil wars and many people having to move away from the homes where they were born and raised, the issue of citizenship and human rights is always on our radar.Read More
Extra! has you organised for this upcoming Waitangi Day, find resources, activities, videos and more in our classroom activities pack.Read More
Welcome back to school! In order to achieve #serene2019, fuel yourself with quick yet nutritious food. Talk is always around packed lunches for our young but what about our “young-at-heart” teachers?
Check out our top five lunch ideas and get your nutrition on.Read More
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.Read More
Although nothing comes close to the feeling they get when they open an issue of Extra! and see a piece of their work, their opinion or their review published in print. This really is the highlight of my job, the calibre of our young people never ceases to amaze me.Read More