Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Waikato schools celebrate $10k each from Telecom



Waikato schools celebrate $10k each from Telecom towards technology

Ngaruawahia, Taupiri, Fairfield and Melville primary schools are this week celebrating each receiving $10,000 from Telecom towards technology for their students.

Telecom’s Waikato-based employees recently chose five worthy schools to be the recipients of $10,000 towards improved technology for their classrooms, after an internal national competition.

These four schools, as well as Kea Street School in Rotorua, which provides education for students aged five to 21 years, with intellectual and physical disabilities, were those chosen.

The schools, which were all thrilled with the news, are putting on assemblies this week for a Telecom representative to present them each with their $10,000 cheques.

Anne Johnson, Principal of Fairfield Primary said, “I was really surprised at the donation and thought it was great. We’ll be using it to assist the IT manager with his current (very long) shopping list! With a growing roll, and the need for more space, we’re considering moving to more in-class computers, or iPads, rather than an IT suite, so this will help a lot.”

Dianne Pollard-Williams, Principal of Melville School said, “When I found out, I was so excited by the news, I interrupted a planning day to let my staff know! We’ll be using the money towards COW's – for Telecom that means Cell sites On Wheels, but for us its computers. We already have two sets of 15 and will now be able to add another 10.”

Sheralyn Cook, Principal of Taupiri Primary says: “I’m so excited that my small school has been chosen and that we’ll be able to upgrade our IT.

“We will be using the $10,000 on an interactive whiteboard to enhance student engagement and support students with their learning; we will also be using the funds to reconfigure the 16 donated desktops and laptops we have, which will allow more students to access IT at once. “ We’ll also be joining Knowledge Net which will allow students to work with increased independency and will enable them and their whanau to access their learning from home. The funds will also allow us to access on-line learning programmes which support student progress in reading, spelling and maths,” she says.

“Our children are really excited about Telecom gifting us this money and would like to give a huge Taupiri ‘thank you’ to Telecom Waikato people region in selecting us as one of their schools,” says Sheralyn.

Emma Blackmore, Telecom’s Community Relations Manager, echoes the excitement for helping these schools out with this new technology. “Kiwi kids are hungry for knowledge and these days there is so much amazing technology out there to help them get to it quickly.

“Telecom is committed to enabling our children and young adults to have the access to information they need to amplify their education, particularly in this year when ultrafast broadband is being rolled out. For these reasons we are thrilled to be helping these worthy schools invest in the technology they need to help their students learn for their futures,” Emma says.

- ends –


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

Theatre: The F Word: Sex Without The 'ism'

Sex without the 'ism' Okay, so the sexes are equal in the eyes of the law. What the F happens now? More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Don’t Eat The Fish

On 'The Catch' by Michael Field What the ecologically edible lists don’t appear to take into account – and they should – is slavery... It’s not an easy read, but it’s definitely near the top of my listicle of “5 Political Books You Must Read This Year”. More>>

ALSO:

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news