Students discover key ways they can make a difference, vote in a mock local election, learn about community boards, and build their democratic voice.

Kids sitting in the Council chambers

Year level 7 to 13
Curriculum Level 3 to 8
Availability Year-round
Times By arrangement. A minimum of 2 hours is required
Site At your school
Cost Free
Number of students Maximum of 35
Special requirements None 
  • Local government
  • Active citizenship
  • Laws
  • Decision making
  • Collaboration
  • Elections
  • Democracy

How can you have a say in local government decisions? What if you have a great idea for Christchurch that you want to share?

In this programme, students discover key ways they can make a difference, vote in a mock local election, learn about community boards, and build their significant democratic voice as the youth of our city.

We are learning to:

  • Understand how citizens can be engaged to ‘have a say’ in their community.
  • Explain how local government elections function to elect a mayor, councillors and community board members in Christchurch.
  • Identify the key responsibilities of elected representatives in local government (mayor, councillors, and community board members).
  • Explain how citizens can take part in a Christchurch City Council consultation process.
  • Identify 2-3 issues of significance to young people in their community.

Using language, symbols and texts

Students will use oral, written and visual texts to understand key terms

Thinking

Students will use creative, critical and meta-cognitive processes.

Managing self

Students will manage their group projects and act independently

Relating to others

Students will work together in teams.

Curriculum area Strand and level Objective
Social Sciences
Tikanga ā-Iwi
Levels 3 to 8 Social Studies
EconomicsGeography
English
Te Reo Pākehā 
Listening, reading and viewing
Levels 3 to 8
Processes and strategies
Ideas
Language features
Structure
Speaking, writing and presenting
Levels 3 to 8
Processes and strategies
Purposes and audiences
Ideas
Language features

Level 1

Subject Standard
Economics 1.5 AS90987
English US3503
Geography 1.6 AS91012
Legal Studies US27835
US27850
Social Studies 1.2 AS91040
1.5 AS91043
Sociology US8993
US8997
US27119

Level 2

Subject Standard
Core Skills: Interpersonal Communication US9680
Education for Sustainability 2.4 AS91733
English US9677
US10791
Geography 2.6 AS91245
Legal Studies US27836
Social Studies 2.1 AS91279
2.5 AS91283
Sociology US8994US8998
US28120

Level 3

Subject

Standard

Business Operation and Development

US27765

Core Skills: Social and Cooperative Skills

US30906

Education for Sustainability

3.4 AS90831
3.5 AS90832

English

US1307
US9681

Geography

3.2 AS91427
3.6 AS91431

Legal Studies

US27837
US27852

Social Studies

3.1 AS91596
3.3 AS91598
3.5 AS91600

Sociology

US8995
US8999
US28121