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https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/microsoft_citizenship_asia_pacific/2016/03/29/expertschool-opaheke-school-enhances-learning-through-technology/

http://educators.co.nz/story/learning-innovations-auckland-school-grabs-microsoft-attention/

I am very pleased to announce to you all that Opaheke School has been awarded Microsoft Showcase School status. Opaheke School is the only two state primary schools in New Zealand to be awarded this.

Sent to Opaheke School from Worldwide Education Microsoft:

“Opaheke School was selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace.
Opaheke School joins an exclusive community of over 400 premier schools from around the world, recognised to celebrate their truly pioneering efforts and innovation in rethinking teaching, learning and assessment in order to drive deep 21st century competencies.”

“Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school, ” said Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalized education to students empowering them to achieve more.”

As well as being recognised on a global scale for their innovative approach to educating tomorrow’s workforce, Showcase Schools also receive the following benefits from Microsoft as part of the program:
* Collaboration with an international group of thought leaders
* Special pricing on SteelCase Education learning classroom furniture
* Microsoft Innovative Educators Experts (MIE Experts) on staff to help drive innovation and to support staff, peers and students
* Access to professional development for Educators within their school
* Invitations to regional and global events
* Monthly community webinars and Yammer group discussion, exclusive to Showcase Schools

Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is an amazing honour and recognition of the passion our teachers and staff have for creating the best learning environments possible. We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in our community and the world to continue finding innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.

Sean Valvoi

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