At the end of every school year, special Computers in Homes graduations happen all round New Zealand. And as always, there are stories from graduates – and trainers! – of what their participation has meant to them, and how much they have gained from it.
Our regional co-ordinators post these local stories and photos on their blogs – as soon as the pace lets up enough to give them breathing space! Their stories underline the value of the programme, and re-energise us all for next year.
Here are some of them: click on the link or photo to read the full story. (The full list of blog links is in the right hand column of this page.)
Christchurch saw graduations at Purapura Whetu, Bamford School, Linwood College and St Thomas.
At Bamford School the course was combined with KiwiSkills training, six students going on to achieve internationally recognised ICDL digital skills certificates.
In Auckland, some years ago, Linda Wirjapranata graduated from a Computers in Homes course at St Joseph’s School in Onehunga, with a refurbished computer. Now she is a CiH trainer herself, and reports that her computer is still going strong!
Read about celebrations at St Mary McKillop Catholic Primary School as 23 graduated from the course she led there this term.
Northland Co-ordinator Sue Kini says “My last graduation of 2016 and what a lovely way to round off a great year for Computers in Homes in Te Tai Tokerau. I often have to pinch myself; I’m so lucky to be involved in an industry where people learn, grow, develop and have fun during the course of the programme.
Term 4 has seen 53 families complete CiH and all in a variety of delivery, device and connectivity methods. It’s been fantastic being able to meet the differing needs of each family this year and I look forward to achieving that even more so in 2017.”
Here’s a story from her Northland Regional blog (Well worth a visit for lots more stories.)