Gap Filler LEOTC Programme for Schools

Connect, Participate and Contribute to our city

Looking to get your students out of the classroom and into the city this year?

Gap Filler has developed two new hands-on interactive Learning Education Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programmes for your students in the City.


Over the last six years, Gap Filler has generated more than 70 projects around the city and enabled at least 40 more. We have had a large role in Christchurch’s garnering international recognition for its creative, community-led response to the disastrous earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. At its core, our work is about promoting civic rights (demonstrating that anyone can take action in their city, and supporting them to do so) and civic responsibility (that actions people take can and should be for the greater good).

In 2012 Gap Filler started an education programme specifically to get youth engaged with their post-quake city. We wanted to provide real-life opportunities for students to contribute and participate in the (re)making of our city. We have worked with a variety of teachers to create unique learning experiences in an authentic context that meet learning outcomes across the curriculum. These have subsequently informed the two LEOTC programmes we are offering in 2017, Connect & Participate and Create & Contribute.

Primary School students on the Grandstandium at the Commons

Previous experiences we’ve offered to students

  1. Responding to a creative brief
  2. Performing at an event or running an event
  3. Extending or contributing to a developing or existing project
  4. Creating their own project or event (limited advice and support provided)

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He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

Experiences can be developed specifically to your students’ needs  

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Although we can offer an ‘off the shelf’ experience, we prefer to meet with teachers and discuss their students’ specific needs. We want to provide the best experience possible and explore authentic opportunities that empower students to take action within the city and in their own communities. We welcome the opportunity to attend teacher planning meetings or to help facilitate workshops with staff.

Explore your city, engage with Gap Filler and hear how and why projects are created. Learn about the different ways we develop projects for and with a wide range of community organisations.

Connect & Participate offers an opportunity to visit a range of projects or take an in-depth look at one or a combination of projects, apply creative and critical thinking skills and interact with the project.

After completing our Connect & Participate programme, students can experience a deeper connection with the city by contributing to an existing Gap Filler project or creating their own new projects with positive community outcomes in mind. Create & Contribute options include:

  • Volunteering on one of our projects;
  • Trialing and giving feedback on one of the projects that is still in development (limited opportunities); and
  • Creating new projects in response to community needs, or for your school or local community.

Recent Projects

Gap Filler has recently launched two exciting new projects that will create a platform to discuss identity, sustainability, wellbeing and cultural diversity, and inspire students to create and contribute.

We hope you got a chance to come and play the Super Street Arcade and Ping Pong in your Summer break.

We will be launching two more new projects in the first term of this year as well as coordinating a Space Activation programme in the East Frame.

Gap Filler is a Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) provider and our programmes are funded in part by the Ministry of Education.


It is so much fun learning ‘real life’ things. I think I might be a city planner or work with Gap Filler when I leave school.


This is the coolest thing I have done at school.  The visit in to see the Gap Filler sites and meet Sally made me realise that I can make a difference to our city, even though I am just a kid.


The existence of Gap Filler and the work that Gap Filler has done is probably the most profound metaphor I have ever come across in civic life, for what it means to be a citizen.

Eric Liu

CEO and Founder, Citizen University (Seattle)

This Gap Filler Project challenged my students to develop problem-solving skills and gave them the opportunity to work with a client. My reasoning behind using Gap Filler was that it is a local community-based project. My students have taken a sense of pride in their work as they have had the opportunity to design a functioning shelter for the community, playing a small part in revitalising Christchurch.  The class have overcome real-life issues and visited the site and taken part in some of the build as part of this project.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist, (About Margaret Mead)

Here are some more examples of what others have done in Christchurch: