Kuranui students helped eight members of the local community to solve the mysteries of modern digital technology during an inaugral lunchtime IT workshop held at the college on Wednesday.

Funded by a grant from Greytown Trust Lands Trust, this joint initiative with the college and the Greytown Community Board is open to elderly residents who are experiencing difficulties using devices such as cell phones, tablets and computers.

A Kuranui food technology class made sandwiches, and baked scones and sausage rolls, while other students organised tea and coffee for the visitors.  The participants were also offered transport to and from the college in the school van.

Students Jackson Harbers, Jayden Rees, Willie Dennison, Samuel Mueller, Reed Miller, Luke Walker and Austen Dale made up the team of tech ninjas on hand to help.

Greytown resident, Dawn Dryland, thought the workshop was a great idea. “It was a lovely occasion. Having young people helping the elderly is marvelous, and the students were just wonderful,” she said.

“I learnt more yesterday with Jayden, in such a short time, than I ever have in the past with other people showing me.  The students just seemed to have the knack of being able to explain all sorts of things on the devices.”

Kuranui Principal, Simon Fuller, is delighted that the college and its students have a unique opportunity to engage with the local community. “It’s important that our young people appreciate our elderly community and this type of collaboration is a great opportunity to build stonger connections between the generations.”

If you require more information or would like to book one or two of the sessions, please contact Ann Rainford, Vice Chair of Greytown Community Board on 06 304 9960 or Maree Patten Deputy Principal, on 06 304 9116.