Powerco donation boosts school's earthquake cover

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lower Hutt's Belmont School will be even more prepared in the event of another earthquake, thanks to a Powerco donation.

When Wellington was shaken by a 6.6 magnitude earthquake during school hours on August 16, Belmont School’s priority was to keep concerned parents informed about their children’s wellbeing.

While the school had access to an IPhone, it was unable to update its website from it, Belmont School principal Robin Thomson said.  Also, the size of the screen meant updating emergency information, via social media, had the potential to lead to key-strike mistakes.

But such technological difficulties will now be a thing of the past, with Powerco donating a Samsung tablet and Bluetooth keyboard for the school to use in future emergencies.

“This donation is huge for us.  It means there is someone who is influential in our community supporting what happens in our community.  It also means that the funding we would have spent on a tablet can go towards something else,” Mrs Thomson said.

“When you are under pressure in an emergency situation, you want to be able to quickly and precisely update information online.  Having a bigger screen will make it easier to keep parents fully informed and for the families and whanau to communicate with us.”

Powerco Corporate Affairs Manager Neil Holdom said the company was delighted to donate up-to-date technology to Belmont School.

“As a parent, I know how important it is to have reliable contact with your child’s school, particularly during an emergency situation.  This new tablet and Bluetooth keyboard will allow the school to access vital student information and keep parents informed during such stressful situations,” he said.

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