Taupaki pupils win grant to transform digital technology programme

Taupaki pupils win grant to transform digital technology programme

Taupaki School has won funding for its “Fearless Future” project, which aims to build pupil’s digital technology and leadership skills.

Taupaki School will receive $10,000 through the Potentia Future Innovators in Tech (FIT) initiative.

“As a key contributor to tech-focused careers of many New Zealanders, we're eager to support the next generation of innovators and ensure that this support extends all the way down to the grassroots of the technology sector,” says Nathan Bryant-Taukiri, Managing Director of Potentia, the Auckland-based specialist recruitment business focused on digital and technology jobs. “The FIT programme is one way we can do this.

“Congratulations to Pete [Hall, Principal] and everyone at Taupaki School on winning this year’s grant - it is dedication, drive and passion like theirs that will help kids to learn tech-centric skills at school and encourage them to go on to become the influential developers, entrepreneurs and start-up founders within the growing NZ tech sector and broader business community,” adds Bryant-Taukiri.

Nathan Bryant-Taukiri, Managing Director of Potentia (left) with Taupaki School Principal Pete Hall (right)

Taupaki School beat SunnyHills School, The Gardens, Marist College and Maihrangi Bay School to the prize after what was a closely-run race. 25 Auckland schools applied for the programme, with five being shortlisted for a public vote held on Potentia’s Facebook page to determine the winner.

“We were particularly impressed and inspired by the quality of applications and the response from the teachers and the tech community to our Future Innovators in Tech initiative. Almost 3,500 votes were cast during the week-long voting period, with all of the schools shortlisted attracting strong support,” said Bryant-Taukiri.

Taupkai School plans to use the grant to kick-start a two-day workshop for teachers and students to learn about and experiment with new, digital technologies alongside chief ninja [CEO], Tim Carr from Mindkits. The experience will then be used as a stepping stone to create a series of student-led problem solving challenges across the whole school and community with a focus on increasing digital literacy and preparing students for the future.

Pete Hall, Principal of Taupaki school, said the Future Innovators in Tech triumph will enable them to significantly boost their digital technology programme: “The best thing about the Potentia award was the freedom we were given to define the project on our own terms in a way that supported our community. We wanted this to inspire student leadership and bring our teachers and community on a journey that gets them excited and confident learning and experimenting with digital technologies, at school and at home.” 

Launched in April 2017, FIT is part of Potentia’s scholarship and awards programme that helps young people develop digital skills, the first step on the ladder to an amazing  career in tech.