Whananaki School wins top spot in HP Rural Schools competition

September 14, 2015 10:57 pm

Congratulations to HP Rural Schools Competition winners! Northland’s Whananaki School won top spot taking away $10,000 worth of HP Technology.

Waimata School in Waihi came second, Otamarakau School in Bay of Plenty third and Weedons School in Christchurch and Toko School in Taranaki shared fourth equal.

All five schools are worthy recipients of a share in the $20,000 worth of HP New Zealand products and support.

Earlier this year, HP New Zealand teamed up with Rural Women New Zealand to give rural primary schools the chance to win a share of $20,000 worth of HP products and support. To enter, schools were asked to submit an entry explaining why they needed new technology and how it would benefit the students. 

You can watch the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRBWd0s2jCKwbfiA-KRS8IC45RWjMUqsv


Whananaki School Principal Shaun Tepania says he is thrilled to be able to provide new technology for his growing school.

“We have had a significant roll increase and have doubled the size of our school since last year. Now we will be able to provide devices that support and engage all children’s learning and our staff will have opportunities to develop e-learning throughout their class programmes.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our school and community. We would like to thank HP and Rural Woman NZ for creating a competition that gives rural schools that extra support,” he says.

Year eight student Anika Read, one of the students who helped create the school’s winning entry, says she is excited about the opportunities new technology can bring.

“We’ll get our work done faster, independently and working collaboratively in groups,” she says.

Whananaki School’s entry was one of more than 80 creative video submissions from rural schools across the country. Judges, including a Rural Women New Zealand representative, had the tough job of narrowing down the entries to five winning schools.

An HP representative visited Whananaki School in August to interview the principal, meet with students and understand the technology needs of the school.

HP Category Manager Victoria Mahan says the second year of the competition has reinforced the hunger for technology by students and teachers alike.

“It’s exciting to see how enthusiastically these young students respond to using technology to really enhance their learning,” she says. “Now with the roll out of ultra-fast broadband, schools are building their IT capability and latching on to technology in the classroom – it’s really encouraging.

“In this ever-increasing digital world it is imperative that all students are given the best tools to learn and excel. If they don’t have this they run the real risk of getting left behind at school and when they enter the workforce,” adds Victoria.

Rural Women NZ education spokesperson, Kerry Maw, says “We are delighted to be part of this initiative. It’s going to be interesting to watch some of these schools gain confidence and opportunities through new technology products and the increased learning opportunities that come with them.” 

 

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