Gap Filler LEOTC Programme for Schools

Connect, Participate and Contribute to our city

Looking to connect your students with our city or their community?

Gap Filler has two hands-on interactive Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programmes for your students built around our latest Gap Filler projects, Connect & Participate and Create & Contribute.

Three new Gap Filler projects provide the foundation for rich and engaging programmes: Super Street Arcade, a giant video screen and console on the street featuring specifically designed games for Christchurch by local game designers; Diverscity: Community Showcase Project, which highlights the diverse cultures that make up this city; and Open City, a hacked parking meter that instead of parking tickets share sweet, free things to do in our city. These programmes enable students to connect with people and place, as well as providing authentic opportunities to contribute to our city or their school or local community.

Primary School students on the Grandstandium at the Commons
Selwyn House worked with Gap Filler in 2017 to Create a Project.
After students visited the city, Gap Filler facilitated a workshop with them to identify needs within the inner city and potential projects responding to these.  Project concepts were presented to a panel from Gap Filler for feedback.  Gap Filler then connected students with other community organisations and offered support with project planning and health and safety.  Gap Filler can support schools to undertake projects in their community and inner city by connecting them with community groups, finding a site, sharing our planning processes and providing advice throughout the various project development phases.  There are costs associated with this programme.

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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  

Contact us to develop your needs-based programme now…

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.

This programme is providing students with a unique and authentic context in which they engage with both their passions and their city. In doing so, they are reflecting on themselves, their work, and on their audience, the general public.

Verena Watson NZCER (Monitoring and Evaluation of LEOTC programmes for MOE)

Explore the city, engage with Gap Filler and hear how and why projects are created.  

We support teachers to organise an inner-city experience with their students or alternatively we can give interactive presentations and workshops in your school.  We can tailor-make our tours and presentations to fit your inquiry topics and learning objectives

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 a tour or an in-depth look at one of our projects, students can experience a deeper connection with the city or their community by ‘contributing’; either to an existing Gap Filler Project or by creating their own new project(s) 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.

Featured Project: Open City

Open City is a celebration of undervalued, sweet, free things to do in Christchurch. It might be a good climbing tree in the Botanic Gardens, a quirky piece of street art or a great place for a picnic.

These little secrets  and more, have been suggested by other locals and visitors and can be accessed by visiting the Open City vending machine; a repurposed parking meter located in Cathedral Square.

This unusual machine will vend you your own Christchurch secret, as revealed by a stranger, to explore. In this way, you can get to know your city better through someone else’s eyes.

To give your students an Open City experience in the classroom you can:

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)

Examples of Programmes We Run