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Quake 31: The day that rocked Thomas' World

Thomas’ birthday started well until the solid ground beneath his school began to shake. It was the 3 February 1931 when the Hawke’s Bay earthquake struck and the region would never be the same again. Thomas’ story is told using an enchanting Kamishibai story theatre box. A visit to the earthquake exhibition follows the story session, where students will see real items from the earthquake, some featured in the story.

Learning Areas and Strands: Social Sciences, History

Duration: 1.5 hours

Suitable for: Year 1 - 4, maximum 30 students

Availability: Ongoing

Cost: $2.50 per student

The education programme

Based in the museum classroom, your students will:

  • View the story of a young boy, Thomas in our Kamishibai puppet Theatre and hear about his experience of the 1931 earthquake 

  • Visit the Earthquake exhibition to see items mentioned in the story

  • Complete follow up activities around Ruamoko and earthquake safety

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