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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