Canterbury’s Years 5-6 Spark Program – MISSION TO MARS


Imagine 50 years into the future, and all the great nations have banded together to seek alternative settlements, to cater for our ever-growing population.

We are constantly innovating in science, technology, engineering, maths, art and architecture.

Spacefaring organisations are seeking to establish a settlement on Mars capable of supporting thousands of intrepid human volunteers.

Here, students will be responding to an open invitation to suppliers, which includes several important factors – such as structural design and infrastructure, daily operations, human factors and automation.

They must overcome the challenges frequently faced by those in real-life scenarios.

Students will gain valuable experience in the workings of a strong performing ‘STEAM Team’.

At the Spark Learning Expo, they will unveil their individual and collaborative solutions to challenges, and pitch their designs and ideas to the community.


Join us for the…

2023 Semester 2 Junior School Spark Learning Expo | 11:30am – 1:30pm, Wednesday 15 November | Canterbury Events Centre (CEC).

We invite you to explore the displays and presentations created by our upper Junior School students throughout Semester 2 this year in their Spark Classes.


What is SPARK?

SPARK is an elective-based ‘hands-on’ curriculum for Years 5 and 6 students that is unique to Canterbury.

Each semester our students choose a special subject to study.

Then students from both year levels are combined into the same classroom and taught by relevant staff.

SPARK is about building curiosity, encouraging students to try something new, and providing an exceptional opportunity for them to embark on their own learning journey, as part of their ‘World Ready’ Canterbury education.

When does SPARK occur?

SPARK happens once per week, with students encouraged to continue their learning beyond the classroom.

How does SPARK link to the curriculum?

SPARK focuses on the Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities, looking at critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.

How can I see my child’s learning?

The Junior School hosts a learning exhibition at the end of each semester, where all students will have something to exhibit based on their SPARK sessions.