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Queens High School wins Otago/Southland Digital Championship

A team of talented Queens High School students have won the Regional Digital Championship for Otago/Southland in 2018 and are set to take on other regional winners from around the country as part of the nationwide Tahi Rua Toru Tech competition.

The Queens High School team will compete for the national title at a special event taking place in Wellington on Wednesday 5 December.

Students Eleanor Burke, Abby Elkins-Fitzgerald, Brianna Reid and Catherine Gizzi created a website that helps their fellow students easily find out what classes they have on their rotating Friday timetable.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech is an exciting new digital technology championship open to all New Zealand school students that launched in April this year with the backing of the Ministry of Education.

The competition is designed to encourage greater participation in technology and is intended to inform and inspire students, teachers, parents and their communities about the new Digital Technology & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum. The curriculum is currently being introduced at all primary and secondary school levels for Years 0-10.

Chief Executive, IT Professionals New Zealand, Paul Matthews says ensuring all New Zealand children and young people leave school with a basic understanding of digital technology is essential in preparing them for the 21st century workforce.

“Tahi Rua Toru Tech sets out to provide a positive experience about this important subject being introduced to all schools,” says Mr Matthews.

“Every student in New Zealand has the potential to shine in Tahi Rua Toru Tech – and in Digital Technology & Hangarau Matihiko. This is not only a competition for students who are “good at maths”, successful technology solutions require the application of every skillset, including design, logic, art and people skills.

“The championship emphasizes team work, as students are required to work in groups. Great solutions are not invented by individuals, they are created by teams of people working together to achieve a common goal.”

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