Thanks to the kind generosity of Henley residents and businesses to the Herald’s laptop and tablet appeal many pupils in Henley schools now have their own devices to do school work on during lockdown. Many families were sharing one device between their children.
Residents who have donated their old devices have been cleaned and set-up by school IT staff and volunteer parents with the right software ready to be reused by a student.
Our Editor, Michaela also sent out emails to her contacts in the business community and the response was staggering with Courtiers and Bremont wanting to help with the appeal by donating brand new laptops. These have been given to Trinity, Badgemore and Gillotts Schools.
Michaela said, “I have been blown away by the generosity of everyone in the Henley Community. It will make such a difference to the children in our community who will now be able to keep on track with their education in these unprecedented times.”
Giles English from Bremont said, “Having heard so many terrible stories of vulnerable children not having any computer equipment whilst trying to home school has been truly heart-breaking. In the first lockdown we created a bracelet to raise funds for ‘Food for Heroes’, and through a conversation with Michaela it made me think we can really do something about it. We have now extended it so we will be gifting a laptop to a child who really needs it with every watch we sell up until the end of March.”
Leo Hallam from Courtiers said, “These laptops are opportunities for people: for teachers to continue to educate and inspire… for children to continue to build knowledge and interact with their peers and guides. Learning and engaging with others is vital in formative years and we must do what we can to keep connections alive.”
“While the world’s turning, we’re learning and bright futures await. I can say for us all at Courtiers that it’s a pleasure to support this cause. Hats off to Henley Herald for its drive and initiative in coordinating the appeal, and for shouting about it! Keep it going…we heard you!”
Alongside other charitable causes, Courtiers supports education for children in developing countries and is currently building the “Courtiers Education Academy”, to assist in the development of individuals wishing to advance careers in financial services.
Headteacher Tim Hoskins at Badgemore School said, “At Badgemore Primary School, we have significantly improved our pupil’s education by fully integrating Digital Technology into our home-schooling learning. In fact, I cannot imagine how we would have managed home-schooling ten or twenty years ago without computers. Digital Technology allows teachers to continue their teaching in every pupil’s home.
The gift of the ten new laptops from Courtiers and Bremont helps us to ensure that all children have the same educational opportunities. It is fantastic to be part of a community that inspires our children and ensures that no one needs to miss out.”
Headteacher Catharine Darnton at Gillotts School said, “We are really grateful for the generosity of local residents, and the support of the Henley Herald, in donating a dozen laptops to the school. In addition, Courtiers have purchased three laptops, along with Office licenses. Each piece of similar generosity has helped us in our goal to ensure each and every one of our students has a laptop or a tablet, of their own, to work on both at home and in school. Universal access to technology is making a huge difference for Gillotts.”
At St Mary’s School in Henley every child in Years 3 – 6 has been given their own personal device by the school to enable them to extend their learning. Rob Harmer, Headmaster, St. Mary’s School: “Technology has become a fundamental part of education, not only as the vehicle to deliver great teaching and learning, but as a platform for collaboration and productivity. We witness first-hand the positive impact technology can have on continuing outstanding learning in and beyond the physical classroom. The use of technology helps put students at the heart of their learning by increasing agency over their work, developing intrinsic interpersonal skills and preparing them for the future of adult life.”
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