Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children's University


Children’s University aims to raise young people’s aspirations for higher education and encourage lifelong learning. The University of Canterbury and The Arts Centre are part of the Children's University Canterbury Partnership.

Children and young people join the programme through their school or rūnanga and are issued a Passport to Learning. They fill the passport with hours of learning outside the school classroom.

Once 30 hours of learning are reached, students are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

University of Canterbury Teece Museum brings you Design Your Own Ancient Coin. Research coins in the Teece's Museum of Antiquities collection online before creating your own coin design. Click here to download the resource.

Also from the University of Canterbury Teece Museum is A Day in the Life. It was pretty different growing up in Christchurch in 1890, but it was even more different growing up in Ancient Rome! Step back in time and relive a day in the lives of two nine-year-old boys, Scipio and Archie, as they take us through their daily routines and favourite things to do. Click here to download the resource.

University of Canterbury School of Music brings you a Musical Treasure Huntwhere you can enjoy and analyse the concert Folk Music with Strings Attached.  Click here to download the resource.

The Arts Centre's own Arts Centre Inspired: Let there be light stained glass window craft activity is now also part of the Chrildren's University Passport to Learning. Click here to dowload the resource.

Rutherford's Den also offers Children's University Passport activities throughout the year. Do pop in and visit the exhibition anytime between Monday & Thursday to Sunday from 10.30am - 2.30pm.

To access the Children's University online activities portal here click here.

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