The gift of technology

Thursday 30 July 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Education


The gift of technology
Apii Enuamanu Year 11 students with the laptops donated by the Ron Crocombe fund. From left front: Enere Mingi, April Ngametua, Grace Teremoana, Teata Potoru, Jireh Paratainga, (Bob Williams), Tereapii Kura and Campbell Nicholls. Back row: Deputy Principal Terangi Mokoroa, Principal Syaka Talagi-Tairi, teachers Barbara Mateariki, Sera Naiyaga and April Le'Monk. 20072802.

Apii Enuamanu Year 11 students have received laptops donated by the Ron Crocombe Foundation, to assist with their studies.

Students Campbell Nicholls, Teata Potoru, Enere Mingi, Tereapii Kura, Jireh Paratainga, Grace Teremoana and Enma April Ngametua paid $150 towards the laptops and the rest was covered by the Foundation.

Apii Enuamanu principal Syaka Talagi-Tairi said the Ron Crocombe fund has financially assisted the school since 2014.

“It has improved the education of the students and they have benefitted from it tremendously,” Talagi-Tairi said.

“Part of the success of our NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) in the school is due to this assistance.”

Over the years Apii Enuamanu has purchased laptops for each of the NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 students.

The donations have also paid for senior level school fees, educational field trips to Rarotonga such as the automotive level two online courses in New Zealand, accommodation and transport for the mathematics quiz competition, career expos, Year 10 business challenges and other purposes.

“We have asked the students to learn as much as they can, using the computers, to use the device wisely and make sure they achieve their certificates, trades certificates and university entrance qualifications at the end of the school year,” Talagi-Tairi said.

“And we express our gratitude and appreciation to the family of the late Papa Ron Crocombe, the administrative committee and our contact person Jean Mason,” Talagi-Tairi said.

The parents, students and school committee are very happy with the financial assistance given, she added.

Tairi also noted support from Kura Malcom, staff and teachers and Bob Williams from the Office of the Honourable Minister Rose Toki Brown, who was present for the handover.

Williams is the project coordinator for the renovation of the school. The upgrade to the primary block is expected to be completed today, Thursday July 30.