Partnership brings laptops to Te Anau School

Principal Grant Excell (left) and Fiordland Lobster Company group general manager for sales David Prendergast join students Cody Molloy, Max Humphreys, Zak Humphreys, Harry Prendergast, Brooke Scott, and Harry Excell with their just delivered laptops.

Almost 60 senior students at Te Anau School received new Chromebooks today thanks to a sponsorship from the Fiordland Lobster Company, Ltd.

The company is subsidising the first $200 of a device for Year 4 through 6 students, with the aim of making the devices available to as many students as possible. The families of the students pay the balance of the device, which they then own.

The school has chosen to offer Chromebooks through the partnership, which allows the families to purchase a device for between $150 and $200. This includes a three-year warranty and a designed-for-school bag to carry their laptops in.

So far 57 year 4 to 6 students have taken up the offer. Not all of the students have taken it up as some already have their own device, but these students are able to take up the offer at a later date.

At this stage the partnership is for the next four years, which will allow all of the students who are currently enrolled a chance to take up the offer.

In a statement, Fiordland Lobster Company Ltd said it was pleased to be working in partnership with Te Anau’s local primary school. 

"The children of our region will benefit in their education through this partnership, and having technology made available at an affordable price, will help the children and their families in Fiordland."

"Te Anau School is such an important part of our community’s foundation, with many families choosing to live in this wonderful part of New Zealand. The school is a big part of everyday life for the young, up and coming generation and their families. Assisting the primary school to provide quality education in the Fiordland region is future-proofing our next generation and that’s a really nice programme to be involved with in our community. Fiordland Lobster Company is an international leader in our industry, and it's important as a local company, we lead and support in our community."

Over the past four years, Te Anau School has been enhancing the use of technology in the school, putting in an ultrafast fibre Internet connection and wireless system. Through this partnership the devices will be more affordable to families interested in purchasing them.

"Teachers have also been busy upskilling themselves and adjusting classroom programmes to allow the devices to be used effectively. The devices are not replacing sound teaching, they are a tool to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum and prepare students for their future."


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