Fulfilling broadcast dreams at St Thomas’s School

By andreasvendsen on September 26, 2014

DSC_0007St Thomas’s School students are soon set to be TV stars.

The Kohimarama school aims to establish its own TV studio, allowing the smiley faces of its students to be broadcast into classrooms.

The children will upskill and hone their presenting and technology skills, while delivering news and special reports produced in the TV studio.

A $4000 grant from the Harcourts Foundation has helped to get the project underway.

St Thomas’s School principal Michael Maher says the TV studio is part of their overall technology suite, which includes interactive whiteboards in each classroom, wireless internet throughout the school and, in the near future, BYOD (bring your own device) for students.

Mr Maher says given the rate of technological advances, it’s important for schools to keep up – and this often means a lot of fundraising.

“We’ve got 800 wonderful students and this grant from the Harcourts Foundation will benefit every one of them.”

The grant was made possible by Harcourts St Heliers, who support the Harcourts Foundation through fundraising and donations. The Harcourts Foundation was formed in 2008 and has to date raised over $2.7m for local community groups and charities.