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Seafriends - index for schools

This Internet resource does not go out of date and will get better only if you help. (on this page)
What do we have for schools and how to use this site. A checklist for worksheet requirements. (on this page)
What a school day at Seafriends in Leigh can provide. How to book and to prepare. (7 pages)
How to link marine education into the school curriculum. (2 pages)
A summary of achievement objectives for each level in the school curriculum. (3 pages)
Some children learn better by seeing and hearing.  You may find a suitable video or animated slideshow here (growing)

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New Zealand comes sixth in the world as far as its reach of ocean is concerned, its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). We are very much a sea nation, also because very few of us live more than 50km away from the sea. Our natural heritage of unique fauna and flora extends further into the sea with hundreds of species unique to our country. As schools prepare our young to develop their potential, our uniqueness is also defining our sense of awareness and our culture. Shouldn't therefore every pupil become aware of the uniqueness of our seas, their heritage?
Fortunately a number of schools have found their way to the Seafriends school programmes where the big event is to snorkel in the sea and see this wonder world first-hand. Riveting lectures, marine ecosystem aquariums and beach studies complete the day, which many rate as the best school trip ever with a high educational component. Others just treat it as a fun day out with healthy activity and awesome experience.

When your school is within reach of the Goat Island marine reserve, do not miss out, even though it may stretch your budget. Many parents accompanying these trips have found it of great value. The most popular day programme consists of

Groups are rotated between activities, each time slot requiring at least 90 minutes. The lunch break is flexible and must tie in with the programme. Come as early as you can and leave as late as is possible.

The good news is that we have kept last year's prices, thereby also absorbing the increased cost of GST, and we have encouraging discounts to help you along:

International students
International students visit New Zealand schools not just for continuing their curriculum but also for learning the English language and anything about our country. A visit to Seafriends and snorkelling in the sea satisfies all these requirements and is such a good and healthy outing for a very affordable price. Last year we have seen a promising growth in the number of schools taking this challenge, and we hope it may accelerate. Don't miss this opportunity.

Night snorkelling
Night snorkelling is back on our programme. One sees fish sleeping and the night-shift on the prowl. Colours are beautiful and fish can be approached. It is an eerie experience, remembered for life. Schools staying in nearby camps can now plan for a night snorkel dive, under the following conditions:

Our safety procedures, safe gear and extensive experience guarantee a safe and awesome experience.

Night lectures
Schools staying nearby can benefit from our night lectures which saves time during the daytime while occupying an evening in a meaningful and educational way. Night lectures are also more relaxed as the time schedule is flexible. Price is the same as for a day lecture.

Staying at Seafriends
We are allowed to accommodate small groups (typically 12) in tents on our camp ground or marae-style in our classroom, as part of farm-stay or home-stay accommodation. Facilities are excellent with toilets, showers and a cooking area. Pricing on request. Booking essential

How you can help
Educating students about our seas may not be your strength. How much for instance, have you learnt about the sea at Teaching College? How much marine education is part of the present school curriculum? Yet new Zealand has far more sea than land and we depend on it for our welfare and spiritual wellbeing. Very few people in this country live further than 100 km away from the sea.

We've always taken the sea for granted, relying on its bounties to remain bountiful but unfortunately, in recent years we have seen that this is no longer the case. In the near future some very important decisions need to be made, perhaps by the very children in your classroom.

The idea of this Internet information resource is that it provides living information which is updated regularly and which never goes out of print. It is also electronic information which means that you can click it straight into your computer, edit and compose with other material to suit your needs. So why should you help if it is that simple? We want you and other teachers to be efficient with your time and that of your students. We want learning to be pleasant and effective. That is, as you well know, a tall order. But with a litle help from many, we can get it right. So here are a few suggestions:

Errors: you may find simple spelling errors or factual errors. If these stay there, they will be copied and multiplied thousands of times.

Your vision: Your vision is based on many years of experience in teaching. We like to hear your opinions and visions.

Using the information: While using the information, you may discover that the content can be improved by rearranging, revising diagrams and so on. You may use it in many different ways.

Your input: You may already have developed effective methods of teaching marine matters. Consider sharing these with us; to include your method and worksheets on this internet site.

New information: You may have access to new or improved information, diagrams, pictures and so on. Consider sharing this with us and everyone using this resource.

Your criticism: Yes, we are inviting you to criticise. Hopefully you will also be able to send us some approval.

Tell others: Nothing helps as much as telling others about this site.

How to use this site
This site was started in mid-September 1997. Read the log of recent changes to see where we are at, and the site map to gain an overview, but eventually it will contain a very extensive amount of information and education about our marine environment. We imagine that you may use this site mainly to learn and to a lesser extent to actually use it in the classroom.Our aim is, however, to provide the resource material in such a way that you can use it rightaway, thus saving you time and effort. However, for the moment we are concentrating our efforts on providing the resource material, rather than the accompanying work sheets. Right now, this site is intended more for educating teachers than chilldren.
Did you know that the Seafriends CD is an indispensable school resource at little cost?
By simply clicking on a link, your computer is loading the related page into its 'memory' from which you can print it on your own printer. That is by far the easiest to do, hence our wish to make all pages and worksheets ready for immediate use. Most browsers allow you to save the Internet page in a folder on you hard disk. Internet pages are of the HTML type (Hyper Text Markup Language) and as such are not immediately accessible by simple word processors. Most modern word processors, however, have no problem converting an HTML document into their native formats. Once you have tried this path, you will be able to mix our information with bits of your own, thus tailoring the information to your needs. Since HTML is perhaps the only world-wide standardised editor (word processor), you may wish to learn how to use it. Netscape's COMPOSER or Microsoft's FRONT PAGE are not difficult to master. Note that the Word (.DOC) and Pagemaker (.PDF) formats are proprietary and not openly standardised.

worksheet samplePlease note that on some pages the background or 'paper' has been embossed with patterns, such as here on this page. When printing to your printer, however, this background does not come through, if you unclick the tick mark in file/page setup. Scattered among the text you will encounter small pictures (thumbnails) that give an idea of the larger picture 'behind' it, which you can view by clicking on the thumbnail. We will try to make these pictures worthwhile for use in the classroom as paper print-outs or overhead transparencies. You may also encounter coloured worksheet symbols as the one shown here. Click on the picture to see what we expect from our worksheets.
The worksheet thumbnails have been colour coded according to the suggested curriculum level, as shown here. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
Here is the world-standardised colour code (as used on electronic components and elsewhere). . . . . . . . . . .

View this table with achievement objectives for each curriculum level. It shows what we attempt to achieve with our educational resources.

The concept of levels could be dangerous since it could work in an exclusive manner - teachers skipping the worksheets with colour codes outside their level of interest. The worksheets look spiral-bound but this won't show when printing. They have been designed with a left margin, to be easy to read and to print on an A4 sheet. Where answers are provided at the bottom of the worksheet, these may 'roll over' to the next page, for your eyes only. Should printing them give problems, please let us know. Play with the printer settings to adjust the left, right, top, bottom margins and use the browser's preview option to get the right result before printing to paper. [update: worksheets postponed]

Read the Curriculum Links to find interesting sections. We may even put in there a list of teachers' favourites!