Pupils bank on technology
Pupils at Wesley Intermediate School are continuing their quest for knowledge using preloved computers courtesy of the New Zealand Credit Union.
Deputy principal Heather Collins says the contribution comes at a time when feedback from surrounding high schools highlights the importance of technology in developing tomorrow’s thinkers and problem-solvers.
“Many begin using computers at home when they’re knee-high to a grasshopper but our kids often don’t get that opportunity,” she says.
The decile one school received nine computers from the credit union, increasing its tally to 65.
“We’ve had two computer suites for a few years. Now we can offer small pods in classrooms as well. It’s easier to teach skills in a large environment, but the smaller pods are ideal for research,” says Ms Collins.
Research is actively encouraged through the school’s recently introduced an inquiry-based learning curriculum. The concept has been grasped enthusiastically by students including Charles Harder, John Picard and Sameeha Sulaman.
“It encourages us to work with new technology. We’ll have to come across computers at some time,” says Sameeha.
New Zealand Credit Union has provided finance and banking services for nearly 45 years.
Mt Roskill branch manager Janifa Bhamji says: “Our branch opened last year and we were looking for ways to contribute to the community and Wesley Intermediate came up with some exciting ideas.”