The initial trial of the Te Hinaki project is well underway.
Two schools, Foxton Beach and Levin East have been developing and testing systems to use in their schools to sign up families to purchase Chromebooks for use in class.
So far it is smooth sailing. It has taken a while to get the systems established but it was worth spending the time getting it right.
The Trust has employed an administrator who liaises with schools and manages the accounting side of things. Who launched a similar project last year.
We have been fortunate to receive the support and advice of the Te Reanga Ipurangi Trust in Otaki.
Both schools have now taken delivery of a number of devices, teachers have received some professional development, parents and students have attended education workshops on how to use and care for their new devices and the students are using them 1:1 everyday in class.
The kids love them. Parents are impressed with how seriously the students are taking their learning and taking responsibility for their Chromebooks.
The Te Hinaki Trustees are coming into the schools this week to evaluate the trial and how well it is meeting the objectives that were set out by all the schools together last year.
Many of the other schools signed up to the Te Hinaki project are poised to sign up parents and provide this access to devices to their own students for next year
Joint professional development opportunities are planned.
It’s all go.
More information will be available about the roll out of the rest of the Phase One and Two schools soon!
Five schools have been selected to participate in phase one of the roll out of the Te Hinaki project.
Horowhenua College, Waiopehu College, Foxton Beach, Shannon and Levin East Schools will be trialling the systems and delivery of devices to students in their schools over term 4 this year.
Phase two will begin in 2016. It is intended that all schools will be able to access the support of the Trust as they soon as their infrastructure and planning allows.
Richard Orzecki of the Te Hinaki Steering Group passed away on June 15.
He was a founding member of our group via his connection as a BOT member of Manakau School and made a huge contribution to so many aspects of the community and will be sadly missed.
Trust Deed signed
Five Trustees have been appointed and the Trust Deed signed.
Fifteen schools agree to work together for all students.
A group of Principals and Boards of Trustees met and agreed on a plan to form a Trust with the shared purpose of Improving Student achievement through:
A steering group was selected to work on the process and report back to schools.