BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
THE White River Community High School has officially opened a new computer lab yesterday for its forms six and seven students.
The new computer lab combines a general computer lab with 15 updated computers, colour printer and unique tutoring space – all expenses covered with the tuition fees collected this year.
The facility has a friendly space ensuring tutors and students can fully access services.
The new lab has one master computer to monitor students’ work, and White River School is the first to be introduced which this – installed by the Understanding Technology group.
The creation of the lab was primarily in response to form six and seven students’ learning need for technology with an aim to prepare them for university and knowledge and skills to work independently with computers.
The push to have a computer lab was led by Mr Richard Tepuke Pautangata as coordinator along with the School committee.
Pautangata said it had taken them three weeks to complete the project, which came from tuition fees and cost around $120,000.
He said the computer lab plays a pivotal role for students’ learning, producing quality assignments and research which will contribute to their pathway to university studies.
Pautangata adds that they had also carried out renovations in terms of a new walk way, new chairs and table and two new leaf huts for forms six and seven.
He says this feat by White River school shows how much can be done just be relying on tuition fees alone rather than depending on school grants.
White River School Board Caretaker, Vice Chair, Mrs Hilda Rade Tango urged the students to take good care of the facilities especially the computers, and feel proud for them.
“Success and failure of our school rests in our hands so let’s put aside personal differences and work together to make 2018 the best academic year.”
On her final note, Tango thanked the teachers and school management for seeing the importance of having a computer lab for the students.
Meanwhile, the event yesterday has coincided with the opening of this year’s academic programme which was attended by Counselor Eric Tema, School board and students.