Pupils bank on tech­nol­ogy

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.”

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