Our cluster’s lead school, Whangārei Intermediate, has earned a coveted place among the world’s most proficient digitally-immersed schools.
The school is the first intermediate school in New Zealand to be selected as a Reference School by Google for Education. Reference Schools are recognised by Google for their outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes.
At Whangārei Intermediate, Chromebooks in classrooms, full use of Google’s G Suite and teachers with YouTube channels are par for the course.
Acting Principal Paul Botica says qualified digitally-fluent teachers deliver computer-based instruction across 20 of their 23 classrooms. This year the school will be 100 percent digital.
“Every student has access to a Chromebook, which gives each learner access to 24/7 learning and the ability to learn at their own pace.”
Chromebooks are also used in specialist subjects Xplo-tech, art, music, dance, coding and robotics. Even the library has a digital selection where students can issue themselves e-books.
Taitokerau Education Trust Executive Officer Liz Cassidy-Nelson says the accolade is testament to the enthusiasm for learning shared by students and teachers alike.
“The leadership team, teachers, support staff, and superstar students, together, are producing some amazing and innovative learning outcomes.”
The school is the third New Zealand school to be Google for Education-recognised. The other two are Auckland’s Aorere College, and Whakatane High School.
Taitokerau Education Trust gives students in Northland schools equal access to online learning through the provision of affordable Chromebooks, while teachers receive professional development support through a specialist Digital Immersion Facilitator.