E-learning gets financial boost

Wakatipu High School principal Steve Hall with a cheque for $11,747, raised through the Shotover Jet Christmas Spectacular and recent Locals Day. Photo supplied.
Wakatipu High School principal Steve Hall with a cheque for $11,747, raised through the Shotover Jet Christmas Spectacular and recent Locals Day. Photo supplied.

Wakatipu High School's e-learning system - touted as the future of education - has received an $11,747 boost from Shotover Jet and the Wakatipu community.

The donation, arising from Shotover Jet's most successful Locals Day and Sunday's Shotover Jet Christmas Spectacular, has meant the school's ''E-xcellerate'' programme will proceed.

Company general manager Clark Scott presented the cheque to WHS principal Steve Hall on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Hall said he was extremely grateful for the donation, which would enable a critical next step in education.

''This is the crucial seed money we need to get the e-learning scheme E-xcellerate up and running.

''Now, we not only have the broadband width needed and the software research completed, but we have the much-needed funds to get the programme started and gain momentum.''

E-xcellerate is a high-speed e-learning system, and the school will initiate a pilot scheme for the first two terms of 2013. Mr Hall said the system required a great deal of learning, upskilling teachers and pupils.

''This is an important path in education, now and in the future.

''Wakatipu High is extremely fortunate to have the funds to kick-start this programme.

''It will be of tremendous benefit to all our students, inspiring and accelerating learning across all subject areas.''

Mr Scott said Shotover Jet was proud to support community programmes such as E-xcellerate.

''Wakatipu High School is a cornerstone of our community and we're extremely proud that Shotover Jet is in a position to support education programmes such as this.

''It might seem a cliché, but these students will be at the helm here in less than 10 years.''