Conference Workshops


Workshops  Wednesday 12 June


Workshop Title


Amanda Dennis Teaching thinking and learning through drawing City View
Jennifer Leahy The impact of trauma on learning Sun Room
Jennifer Beatson & Cornelia Baumgartner The Inside/Outside Model of Engagement for acknowledgement of cultural difference Garden View
Damon Whitten Ako Aotearoa Numeracy Project Green Room

Site Visits

One of the highlights of our conference in Ōtautahi will be visits to adult learning sites around the city. Many of the sites we have chosen have heritage status and represent some of the earliest providers of ACE in Aotearoa.

When you arrive at the conference registration desk, you will be invited to select ONE site to visit on Wednesday afternoon after the lunch break. Buses will transport you to your site where you will be hosted for around an hour.

When you return to the hotel with your group, you will be asked to do a short presentation on what you discovered there.

Te Pā o Rākaihautū

Te Pā o Rākaihautū in Linwood, Ōtautahi has been open for four years and is funded as a Section 156 designated character school. In practice it is a learning village, where there are no walls separating the different stages of learning – from ECE to ACE. Te Pā inspires parents to seek more for their tamariki and their whānau through partnership and engagement. Kaiārahi welcome whānau in the morning and parents have multiple ways they can participate – through helping with the two big gardens, through informal learning about healthy eating, how to support struggling readers,  financial literacy and more.

Risingholme Community Centre

Risingholme Community Centre opened in 1944 as one of the first community centres in the country and quickly became known for the quality and diversity of its programmes. Its community education programme has flourished since incorporating the former Burnside High School, Christchurch Girls’ High School Shirley Boys’ High and Riccarton High School Adult & Community Education programmes through collaborative working arrangements. Risingholme is also host to a large variety of independent community groups and activities.

Hagley College

Hagley College was one of the first four schools in Aotearoa to set up adult learning programmes. Since the 1970s its programmes have grown and evolved to meet the needs of the Ōtautahi community. The Literacy Centre offers free TEC-funded programmes (both community-based courses and workplace training) and the Learning Communities centre has three portfolio areas including English Language Learning, Diversity Support and After 3-programmes for refugee and migrant families and adults who wish to upskill.

Tūranga Central Library

Tūranga is a state of the art library and information centre in the heart of Christchurch City.  It is the largest public library in the South Island (at nearly 10,000 square metres) and the flagship for the Christchurch City Libraries network. Tūranga seeks to foster life-long learning and is a place for information, inspiration and entertainment. Some of Tūranga’s features and facilities include an innovation zone for trialling new technology, free Wi-Fi , 3D printers and laser cutters, creative and meeting spaces, and music and video editing studios. It has redefined the role of libraries in the 21st Century.

Avebury House & Richmond Community Garden

Built in 1882, Avebury House is set within Avebury Park, an English-style garden in Richmond on the edge of the River Road Red Zone in Ōtautahi. The house has been a private home, youth hostel and is now administered by a community trust hosting community groups and a wide range of adult learning.

The Richmond Community Garden set in the grounds of Avebury House became neglected after the 2011 Earthquake as volunteers moved away, but in 2015 several volunteers re-instated the garden from scratch clearing the site, creating garden beds, a composting area and building a garden shed. The aim was to help those in need, to bring the community on the edge of the red zone new life, teach self- sufficiency and create friendships within the community.