Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Topping of the week of Graduations

To top of the week of Graduation celebrations we ended in Invercargill, where we had 7 families complete their training held at South Centre Anglican Care Charitable Trust. 

This was a cluster group, compiled of families who couldn't attend the previous training's at schools, and families recommended by South Centre.
 It was a nice afternoon, with some excitement mixed in when the toasties in the oven set the fire alarm off.

This small group showed enormous commitment to the programme, and to upskilling themselves so that they could help their tamariki.

One keen learner remarked how much they had learnt from the 20 hours training, and they had made a brand new CV so they were now ready to take on the world.

Congratulations to all our families that graduated this week, we loved celebrating your successes, hard work and determination. 



Wonderful Graduation in Central Southland

#2 of 3 Graduation took place in the last week of November 2016 in Central Southland at the REAP House in Winton, where we had 9 hardworking families graduate.

What a group of vivacious ladies! Our tutor Nathan got presented with a lovely home-made card that the girls had all signed and wished him well, it is great to see our tutors establishing a strong connection with our families. This enhances their learning, and gives an approachable and friendly outlook to our Computers In Homes initiative.

A lot of positive feedback came from this class with 4 of their friends signing up for the waiting lists for the next intake.


Heartwarming Gore Graduation

In the last week of November 2016 we had our first graduation for the week (1 of 3). This was held in Eastern Southland at the REAP House in Gore, where we had 8 hardworking families graduate.

Some wonderful praise was given by the families that were able to engage in the opportunity to complete the Computers in Homes Programme.

With one woman commenting how life changing this would be for her and her teenage son, who had been staying after school at the computer suite to study as they did not have a computer in the home. She said this would open up so many more opportunities for her family and couldn't thank us enough.

Delicious kai, and good company made the afternoon a success. I wish the Gore group all the best.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Success in Southland

We are all go down here in sunny Southland, with training's currently taking place in Winton, Gore and Invercargill. It is great to see a wide variety of families come forward, and be able to take up this opportunity to gain education and enrich lives all around them.

We are currently coordinating training's for Term 1 of next year in schools, and also in communications with a youth organisation in Invercargill, which is opening new doors outside of the schools arena.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Successful business venture from past whanau

The wonderful ladies from Takitimu Primary School in Ohai / Nightcaps had their graduation on Wednesday night. To celebrate we had an authentic hot hangi from one of our past whanau who completed their 10 weeks training, and is now successfully running his own business.

A huge thank you to Hangi Southland for the delicious kai. It is heart-warming to see such success through the Computers In Homes programme.



The planning is now underway for training in Tapanui, Invercargill and further training in Ohai / Nightcaps. With the new team consisting of Amanda Keen and Louise Powell - under Kate McRae's expert guidance. We are all looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Its all go for 2016

The Southern TEAM of Computers in Homes has been very busy with three different locations for training being held.
St Josephs in Invercargill held their graduation last Friday 13th with certificates being presented as part of the full school assembly.  The children were very proud of their parents getting up to accept their certificates. 

A group are currently training in Gore on Thursdays at REAP House.
Two classes are also running at New River in Invercargill on Mondays .. with 17 families in total for the school being part of the programme.
Many thanks to our tutor/technician Nathan Iveson who does an awesome job working with these families on the programme.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Welcome to 2016!

As the new year is well and truly apon us planning is now underway for training at Aparima College, New River Primary, St Josephs, Central Southland College and Waihopai Runanga.

We had a visit from our local MP Todd Barclay who was interested at the progress with the Computers In Homes programme in Southland.  He is very supportive of the programme and the opportunites it provides for the families in Southland.