The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is excited to announce the creation of our new educational offering to schools around New Zealand:
Holocaust Teaching Trunks
This new offering will help bring the Holocaust Centre to the classroom, giving teachers access to tools to aid in teaching the Holocaust to New Zealand students. Included in this new offering are:
Books for students and teachers to use in a wide range of levels and reading abilities.
Replica items including postcards, yellow Star of David, passport, and more.
Teaching guide for teachers, including activities to use the replicas and books in the classroom.
Links to videos and website activities
These teaching trunks bring the use of primary sources to students, the interpretation of events through those sources, and help students think critically about what they are reading and learning in history.
The curation of these trunks will help to present the Holocaust through the lens of New Zealand history, giving teachers and students the chance to examine the events of the Holocaust in Europe while also learning the impact of the Holocaust here in New Zealand.
We could not be more excited to be offering this to New Zealand schools and response we have received thus far is incredibly encouraging!
"The physical resources would be great for us, as experiential 'hands-on' history works well for our kids." - Anne E., Opunake High School, Taranaki
"Time wise, be less of a burden on busy teachers - not having to print resources off." - Kimberly V., Lincoln High School, Christchurch
"A great alternative for those who cannot access the Centre easily!" - Libby P., Tawa College, Wellington
This offering is free to schools throughout the country, through the generous donations of our benefactors. Schools are only required to pay a refundable $350 deposit to cover any lost, broken, or missing items in the trunks from the time the trunks are in possession at the school.
We have rolled out this new offering during Term 1 of the 2021 School Year. Intermediate schools and Years 9-10 will be able to check out the trunks for four weeks at a time, while NCEA Years 11-13 will be able to check out the trunk for an entire term.