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
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
''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
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.''