Waimate High School is set to be one of the first three schools in New Zealand to be connected to a funded package of fast, high-quality internet connections with uncapped data to schools.
Network for Learning (N4L) is a company bringing “safe, fast and predictable internet” to New Zealand schools, with 18 other schools, including Oamaru Intermediate School, to be connected by the end of the year.
“N4L will connect schools together via a secure data network, offering higher levels of service, quality and support than ever before to improve learning outcomes,” Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye said.
“N4L selects the time to connect schools in consultation with Telecom and N4L has told me that through the registration process they are ensuring that the initial schools to be connected are diverse in terms of type, location and size.
“As I get around the country visiting schools I meet many teachers, students and parents who are eager to be connected.”
By the end of 2014, 700 schools will be connected to the managed network, and 2016 will see all schools invited to connect.
Waimate High School teacher Trevor Storr said a managed network connecting the country’s schools has the potential to transform learning.
Mr Storr said he was looking forward to be among the first transitioning to the government-funded managed network, which will include uncapped data, content filtering and network security services.
“As a rural and relatively isolated school we have to work with other schools to provide the very best opportunities for our students and teachers,” he said.
“A national network of schools connected by fibre will make it easier for sharing and learning to take place across the country and will allow our school community to learn with and from their peers.”
The other schools to be connected by the end of 2013 are: Bream Bay College Ruakaka; Māngere Central School Auckland; Hukanui School Hamilton; Morrinsville College; Rotorua Intermediate; Selwyn School Rotorua; Stratford Primary School; Frimley School Hastings; St Peter’s College Palmerston North; Cannons Creek School Porirua; Heretaunga College Upper Hutt; Churton Park School Wellington; Springlands School Blenheim; Grovetown School Marlborough; Oamaru Intermediate; Omokoroa School; Bayfield High School Dunedin; and Otatara School.
By Rebecca Ryan