Illawarra Coal gives laptops to Appin Public School students

Appin Public School students, Emily and Corey, show off their computer skills to
Appin Public School Principal, Vivien Harrison, and Illawarra Coal Community Partnership Program representatives, James McFarlane and Amanda Blunt.
Appin Public School students, Emily and Corey, show off their computer skills to Appin Public School Principal, Vivien Harrison, and Illawarra Coal Community Partnership Program representatives, James McFarlane and Amanda Blunt.

Appin Public School students will be whizzes on the computer after South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal provided a mobile computer lab.

Illawarra Coal gave the school about $20,000 to establish the lab, which features 30 touch screen laptops that can be shared between classrooms.

The school did not have a computer room and its rapid growth meant there were no unallocated classrooms for a permanent lab.

South32 Illawarra Metallurgical Coal vice president operations, Jason Economidis, said he was proud to support the development of young minds in the community.

“In today’s online world, it has become so important for people to start developing their skills in digital technology from an early age,” Mr Economidis said.

“The funding from our Community Partnerships Program will provide students and teachers with flexibility in accessing the technology and the ability to integrate the computers with other activities in the classroom.”

“We hope our support will equip students with the skills to excel in a digital world and set them up for successful careers in the 21st century.” 

School principal Vivian Harrison said the funding had come at a critical time for the school and would ensure students had access to the necessary resources.

“Our school has grown rapidly over the past two years, and as a result our technology resources were not meeting the demands of our students and teachers,” Ms Harrison said.

“We are truly grateful for the funding from Illawarra Coal, which has allowed us to establish our mobile computer lab and in turn provide students with the opportunity to expand their skills in creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration.”

For more information about South32’s Illawarra Metallurgical Coal Community Partnerships Program contact the community call line on 1800 102 210.