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

Resourceful Skills Workshops with Rekindle

16 June - 23 July 2018

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Time+Grid+Now at The Central

21 June - 22 July 2018

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Matariki Celebrations

21 June - 22 July 2018

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Kirsty Bedi – finding inspiration in Te Taiao, the natural environment

6 - 7 July 2018 (Matariki Mākete)

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Matariki Night Markets

6 - 7 July 2018

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KidsFest Pots and Pieces

9 - 10 July 2018

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KidsFest Amazing Atoms

9 - 10 July, 16 - 17 July 2018

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KidsFest Fudge Cottage Workshops

9 - 20 July 2018

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UC Winter Series

22 July - 23 September 2018

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My Heartland – by Ira Mitchell-Kirk

6th - 19th August 2018

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House of Travel Botanic D’Lights

8 - 12 August 2018

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Mid Winter Carnival

24 - 25 August 2018

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Rembrandt Remastered

5 September - 3 October 2018

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Rekindle’s new home at the Arts Centre

12 June 2018

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2018 Canterbury Heritage Awards Finalists

26 April 2018

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New Arts Centre Chief Executive Appointment

10 April 2018

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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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The Actor’s Dojo

6.30–8.30pm during school terms

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UC Friday Lunchtime Concerts

Fridays during Uni term

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