Famous New Zealanders

A range of fun activities including dressing up and medal rubbings are used in this session that focuses on understanding how people contribute to society.

Suitable for Years 5 to 8, students explore the lives of Lord Ernest Rutherford, Āpirana Ngata, Kate Sheppard, Edmund Hillary and Ray Avery – gaining knowledge and unpacking the values and achievements of these famous New Zealanders.

“We use fun, interactive activities to tackle the reasonably serious subject of a person’s social, cultural and economic roles, rights and responsibilities,” says teacher Margot Persson.

One of the most popular activities is when students dress up as Lord Ernest Rutherford and King George V.

“The coats and Lecture Theatre were a hit”
– Jane from St Martin’s School.

Medal rubbings of Rutherford’s Nobel Prize medal are another popular activity, as is the opportunity to use authentic ink nib pens.

“We get the students to sign a college register, just as historical students like Āpirana Ngata did on this very site when it was known as Canterbury College,” Margot says.

“It provides a great platform to then teach them about Ngata’s achievements – including that he was the first New Zealander to gain a double degree.”

Upcoming Events

Beyond the Grave: Death in Ancient Times

5 May 2018 - 24 February 2019

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COMNAP Antarctic photo exhibition

21 September – 27 October 2018

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Ann Robinson/John Walsh exhibition

4 October - 4 November 2018

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Homeric Echoes in a WWI Diary

16 October 2018

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Suffrage Series at the Arts Centre

16, 17 & 19 October 2018

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FESTA 2018: Roman Dining – A Guide to Status and Mores

19 October 2018

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SCAPE Public Art 20th anniversary exhibition

19 October - 11 November 2018

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Magic Moments in Music variety concert and dance

20 October 2018

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FESTA 2018: Make an Eating Spoon for Eating Local

20 & 22 October 2018

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Taste North Canterbury mini festival

25 October 2018

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Highway to Hades – Halloween fun for all ages

31 October 2018

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Necessary Traditions Festival by Rekindle

8 November - 17 November 2018

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Elizabeth Thomson photography exhibition

8 November - 9 December 2018

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The Arts Centre Mākete

Every Sunday from 11 November

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Space Weather: Impacts on New Zealand

14 November 2018

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Leighs Construction Outdoor Cinema

December, January & February

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The ‘It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas’ Market

9 December 2018

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Forget Me Not Memorials Trail

5 January – 3 February 2019

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Sunday Guided Heritage Tour

1.30pm every Sunday

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Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts

Last Monday of every month

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