Another chance for rural schools to win technology products

SND14-wk5-Rural schools1HP has launched its Rural Schools Competition for the second year, giving rural New Zealand primary schools the chance to win a share of $20,000 worth of HP products and support.

HP New Zealand (Printing and Personal Systems Group) is again partnering with Rural Women New Zealand, offering rural primary schools the chance to enter the competition to win HP products, as well as support for the winning schools to help them get the most out of their technology.

HP category manager Victoria Mahan says last year’s entries all put a very strong case forward about how their school would benefit from winning the competition.
“The five winning schools were highly focused on how their prize could transform students learning outcomes. It was an easy decision to run this competition again,” Ms Mahan says.

“Children all over New Zealand must be equipped to live, play and work in an online world. It’s not only about being engaged at school and achieving but preparing for the workforce of tomorrow. This competition is one way that HP can contribute.”

Rural Women NZ education spokesperson, Kerry Maw says: “This is such an exciting competition and a fantastic opportunity for rural schools to have the chance to tap into the expertise of a global company like HP.”

Lisa Malones, ex-principal of Tuturumuri School, says being one of the winning schools in the HP Rural Schools competition changed the dynamic in her classroom.

Tuturumuri School has just one classroom, which must cater for the diverse requirements of pupils across multiple levels and students with special needs.
“There was something so powerful about our students winning the competition,” Ms Malones says.

“They weren’t given it, they won it and it meant that as soon as the technology arrived the students took ownership of it and started using it.

“I was able to set students up with their own devices to carry out individual learning programmes and get parents involved at home because we suddenly had access to tools like Google docs.”

Part of this programme will be working with the winning schools to determine their unique technology requirements – rather than a pre-determined package of devices.
Prizes might include HP notebooks, chromebooks, slates, printers and support to set up the devices for the school.

Rural primary schools* throughout New Zealand, with fewer than 300 students, will be eligible to enter the competition. To enter, schools simply need to submit an entry form, which can be downloaded from Entry criteria can also be found on the website. Photos and videos to support entry forms are welcomed. Entries close on May 29.

Five schools will be awarded the technology grants as follows:

1st place: $10,000 worth of HP product and training support

2nd place: $5,000 worth of HP product and training support

3rd place: $2,500 worth of HP product and training support

4th & 5th place: $1,250 worth of HP product and training support.

The winners will be announced by August and these schools will work with HP to determine the technology that will best support the school.

*Rural as defined by Ministry of Education.


Rosie Clarke

Rosie is the managing editor here at Multimedia Pty Ltd, working across School News New Zealand and School News Australia. She has spent 10+ years in B2B journalism, and has spent some time over the last couple of years teaching as a sessional academic. Feel free to contact her at any time with editorial or magazine content enquiries.
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