Activities for primary school students

Here are some activities for primary school aged children. All the downloads are pdfs.

DIOCESAN ARCHIVES’ COVID-19 COLLECTION – The Covid19 pandemic has brought a new reality for everyone. We are watching history in the making, not only in terms of the government response but also in our own day to day lives. 
The Diocesan Archives will become the repository for our Bishop’s response and that of his diocesan teams but we also have a unique opportunity to capture and collect our parishioners’ voices. To capture how this lockdown was viewed throughout the Diocese. Inspired by work a local artist is doing, the Diocesan Archives is looking for submissions from parishioners (of all ages) which will be retained in the Archives to form our ‘Diocesan Covid-19 Collection’.
Some ideas for your contribution include: painting, sketches, a photo collage, prayer, poetry, reflections, prose, video, song. Get the kids involved, or just yourself. Help us to document this part of our Diocesan History.
You can email contributions to the Diocesan Archives or when the alert levels are no longer operational, you can drop your submission to the Archives. Also please indicate if you are willing for your submission to be shared on our website/social media. 

WORD SEARCH – look for names of our Bishops and other key historical words in this word search.

COLOUR-IN SHEET – here are some pictures to colour in.

QUIZ SHEET – just a few questions on Catholic history in NZ and in the Christchurch Diocese.

CROSSWORD – have a go at this crossword

And here are the answers –

YOUR STORY – The first step in learning about History, is to learn about your own story using this family tree template.

Catholic Archives in the Classroom

Over time we will develop educational resources suitable for primary, secondary and tertiary students.

Classes are invited to visit the Diocesan Archives for a behind the scenes tour where we can discuss topics such as the importance of archives in research, how archives are cared for to ensure long term preservation and accessibility, career opportunities in archives and records management, and what can be researched at the Diocesan Archives.  The Archivist can visit schools to talk to classes about the Diocesan holdings or other related topics.

Teachers are encouraged to contact the Diocesan Archivist to discuss their requirements.

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