Contribution to Corporate Life of the School
Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
In 1995 I set up a computer lab consisting of :
A simple task except for the fact that I only had a budget of $10,000. This meant I had to build many of the machines up out of second hand or donated parts. The project also required writing a programme proposal, planning and teaching a course that integrated up to date computer technology to an outside School half a day per week.
I spent hundreds of hours after school and one Christmas holiday setting up this computer lab. The school required the lab to retain a large Tech Art contract with an outside school and thus retain staff. For me personally I saw the computer lab as an opportunity to give our own Glen Innes (low socio-economic) students:
I saw this opportunity as significant for our students as I knew not a single student had access to a computer at home.
In the following year I added to this lab full Internet, colour scanning and colour printing facilities and increased the number of work stations to 22.
News of my abilities travelled quickly and I soon found myself voluntarily helping a neighbouring school set up 6 donated second hand machines. I repaired these machines and set them up for educational use. This work was followed up by staff training.
At Glen Innes I was also called upon to provide computer training and instruction for the whole staff. The Group training sessions were followed up with one to one tutorials in an effort to equip staff with the skills required to make use of our computer lab resources.
Over the a 3 year period while working in Glen Innes I led a total of 15 educational trips outside of school time. On these trips groups of up to 12 underprivileged students:
I also organised and ran :
During the May holidays I ran daily training for the Cross Country Team and in November after school and lunch times training for Athletics. A few of the students I trained did really well, one beat the South Auckland High Jump record and another went onto beat the National Girls (14 year) Discus record.
In 1995 I played a very active role in a school musical production in which 50 Form Two students toured around the North Island and performed Phantom of the Opera. Three of my responsibilities were the Backdrop, Lighting and Sound system utilising four radio microphones.