An information technology initiative was launched at Wakatipu
High School yesterday, aiming to help the school become an
"exemplar" in delivery and the use of IT in an e-learning
Principal Steve Hall said the scheme, called e-xcellerate,
will improve the provision of information technology and
e-learning, underpinned by a new high-speed internet
connection which has seen up to "tenfold improvement" in
The installation of the vastly improved connection had been
made possible with funds raised during the Shotover Jet
Locals Day and the Christmas Spectacular, which had provided
a solid foundation for the school's IT strategy.
The improved connectivity would help the roll-out of
e-xcellerate, which would see the school run an e-learning
pilot, undertake professional development of staff and
ascertain how best to ensure every pupil at WHS had access to
the requisite devices over the next 12 months.
Shotover Jet Christmas Spectacular producer Jan Maxwell said
the show and Locals Day had raised more than $50,000 for
causes including Plunket, the Youth Booth and Branches Camp
over the last six years.
"Since its inception, the charity arm of these events has
been targeted at delivering benefit to the children and youth
of the Wakatipu, and the chance to take that next step
directly into their education as well seemed like a great
fit," she said.
Shotover Jet Locals' Day is scheduled for November 17 and
will give locals the chance to ride the Shotover Jet for $20
per adult and $10 per child. All proceeds will go towards
The Shotover Jet Christmas Spectacular begins at 4pm on
Mr Hall encouraged everybody to support those events.
"The generosity of Shotover Jet has given us the confidence
to start what will be an exciting and ultimately infinite
"More tools are emerging every day. Any strategy in this area
will need to be dynamic and will take time to develop and
"While it may not be quite as exciting as the thrill of a jet
boat ride thought the canyons of the Shotover, our
determination is to provide our students and staff with the
IT facilities they deserve."