Jan 26, 2011


Graduations are now complete for the participating schools of Term 4 2010. Taipa Area School, Kaitaia Primary School, Pukepoto School and Kohukohu School celebrated their graduations before Christmas and were able to enjoy their new PC’s and internet access over the holiday period.

Kaitaia Primary held their Graduation on the 26th November at 1:30 pm. It was a great turnout and we had some lovely kai before going to the school assembly to present the certificates and PC to the whanau graduating. The kids were so proud to see their parents up the front claiming their reward for all of their hard work over the past 10 weeks of training. Well done to the Kaitaia roopu!

Taipa held an afternoon graduation in their school hall on the 8th of December. The parents and their whanau gathered for speeches and presentation of their certificates and PC’s. This was followed by an afternoon tea and mingling. Taipa Area School are going to put through another group of 20 whanau in Term 1 of 2011 and have got great interest in the project. I look forward to working with the school and tutor (Anna Tripp) again in the New Year. Congratulations to all who graduated at Taipa.

The graduation for Pukepoto School was also held on the 8th of December in an evening celebration at 6 pm. This group pulled together to put on an amazing spread and the whole event was presented beautifully. The only man of the group, William Matiu, spoke on behalf of the group. He expressed his thanks to Computers in Homes, the school and of course their wonderful tutor Tracey King. I have spoken to a few of the participants of this group since the graduation and they are striving thanks to Tracey’s mahi with them. Violet Horn expressed how much she had learnt, how her confidence has grown and how it is an amazing asset to her job. Apparently her work mates all come to her when there are computer problems now. Good on you Violet! Charmaine Foster and Eric Shakelton from the 2020 Far North ICT Trust attended the graduation with Eric Shakelton making a great speech.

And of course there was Kohukohu who had Graduation on the 7th of December at 12 pm. This was a wonderful event with Kohukohu School arranging a full Powhiri for the whanau involved. All the students (all 38 of them) gathered in the classroom as the whanau were welcomed by Tumuaki Tanya Filla. Thank you to the teachers and students for the awesome waiata and support for the Computers in Homes whanau. The local Kaumatua spoke on behalf of the school and Cheryl Rudolph, tutor, presented the awards. The group and their tamariki then retired to the kitchen for some well earned kai. Well done to all of the lovely people at Kohukohu.

That wraps up the graduations for Term 4 2010. Once again congratulations to all the graduates and I look forward to receiving emails from you updating me on how you are getting along. Best of luck for you and your whanau and have a prosperous New Year.

I am rearing to go for Term 1 2011 courses. We have Te Kura Kaupapa O Pukemiro and Te Hapua School starting their first group through the Computers in Homes course and we have Taipa putting through a second group of whanau. I am really excited to work with these schools and communities.

Until then, I hope everyone has had a great holiday.

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