Take a journey through time to see how the quarry was formed over millions of years. Discover how basalt has been a key component in building early Christchurch. Students then role play to experience how the quarry was transformed into a regional park.
|Year level||7 to 10
Year 5 and 6 by request
|Curriculum level||1 to 4|
|Availability||All year round|
|Times||9.30am to 12noon or
12.15pm to 2.30pm
|Site||Halswell Quarry Park|
|Number of classes||One at a time is preferred
(one class = 35 students)
If the focus of your visit is geology and rock types, we recommend you combine a visit to Halswell Quarry with a visit to Canterbury Museum (external link) for their ‘rocks down under’ programme.
For more information contact 03 366 9429 ext 817. Alternatively contact Heritage New Zealand for an educational heritage pack firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geological change, volcanism, Māori worldview, heritage, infrastructure, sustainability, governance, active citizenship.
At Halswell Quarry students explore the heritage of Christchurch buildings (Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, Christ's College) and are then taken on a journey to understand how the quarry and the park was formed.
Students will visit the quarry rock face before taking part in an interactive activity to help them identify different rock types and their uses in the Canterbury region. Students will then engage in the process of democratic decision-making where they take on different stakeholders in the community (iwi, mountain bikers, property developers etc) to present a deputation at a Council meeting.
Students may be able to:
"Great enthusiasm from educators; informative, well planned and organised, and at children’s level." Teacher, Year 5