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Tania - WanganuiRegional Coordinator
Tania Van der Vegte

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Annual Report 2015/2016: This year we delivered Computers in Homes to Taihape Area School. Principal Richard McMillan said “Computers in Homes has been really good for our school. It has bought the community in. Our families have been much more engaged with our school.”

This was our first time in Taihape. At first it looked like we wouldn’t get enough interest but slowly the momentum built and when we kicked off we had 20 families registered. Of those families 18 graduated in May this year. As a result of having Computers in Homes the school is exploring establishing a whanau hub where parents can continue to engage with the school.

We also engaged for the first time with Ohakune Primary School. Blair Dravitski, the Principal, agreed that his school could be used as a digital hub for other local schools, including Raetihi Primary School, nearby rural schools and the local secondary school. As a result 14 whanau from the Ruapehu area now have access to digital technologies in their homes and the skills to use these technologies. Continued below

Recent Graduations

The map shows Computers in Homes Training Centres where students from local schools have graduated recently. Zoom & drag map, click icons for details

Information sourced from the Digital Inclusion Map

 

Graduations 2015/16

The map shows Computers in Homes Training Centres where students have graduated recently. Zoom & drag map, click icons for details

Information sourced from the Digital Inclusion Map

Graduates 2014-15

  • Wanganui Learning Centre
  • Marton ICT Hub
  • Born and Raised Pasifika
  • Wanganui Intermediate School
  • Aranui School
  • Tawhereo School
  • Keith Street School
  • St Marcellin School
  • Castlecliff School
  • Raetihi School

 

 

We have also trialled Chromebooks with Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Atihaunui a Paparangi and Carlton School. This was the first time the kura had engaged with Computers in Homes. The Chromebooks were a steep learning curve for both our team and our parents but early indications are that families love using their new Chromebooks and are continuing to grow in confidence. We graduated 14 families and will continue to trial the Chromebooks in the 2016-17 year and build our training capability.

It has been a challenging year for Whanganui Region. We have had a much higher attrition rate than usual. The flood event of June 2015 has had major repercussions in the region, particularly in health. There has been a high rate of illness in children and increased stress on families. Despite this we have graduated 118 families.

We continue to be well supported in our region by our politicians and our media, for which we are very grateful. It is great to see the difference that technology makes to our families. In the next few months our local library will start to deliver Stepping UP which will make technology training easy and free for the general public.

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