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A system set for growthCase Study

Rototuna Junior High is a new school built to cater to the massive growth in Hamilton’s new northern suburbs. Establishing the school from the ground up – literally – meant the executive staff of RJHS needed IT systems they could use before the buildings were even finished.

Rototuna Junior High School – a system set for growth

Rototuna Junior High is a new school built to cater to the massive growth in Hamilton’s new northern suburbs. Establishing the school from the ground up – literally – meant the executive staff of RJHS needed IT systems they could use before the buildings were even finished. Dynamo6 worked with the school to set up a cloud-based solution that let staff begin working in their school digital environment, then access it seamlessly from the new campus later on.

benefits forRototuna Junior High School

Cloud ICT system set up before new school buildings complete

Junior and senior schools can share ICT, with freedom to choose their own software and hardware

Flexible system works across all devices – students can bring their own devices without issues

Local staff have a close working relationship, are in touch with what is happening in the school and their next steps.

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Laying the digital foundations

The system was set up based on G Suite for Education. This allowed school staff to work online immediately from anywhere and on any device, without requiring particular software installed.

When the construction of the school site was completed, some minimal server infrastructure was installed on premise, and integrated with the Google platform. This on-premise infrastructure is backed up into the cloud, so the reliance on local systems is as basic and fault-tolerant as possible.

Dynamo6 built an IT system before the construction of the buildings that could adapt as the school grew. Rototuna Junior High School principal Fraser Hill explains how the project developed: 

“At first we needed a temporary set up with wifi access, and a simple network. They did that, but then our new school site is around 18000 m2 and we’re going to cater for 1200 students. The buildings are brand new, so we needed their support in making sure AV requirements, WiFi, all those network requirements were up and running and seamless for students and teachers.”

Fraser Hill,
Principal

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Built for BYOD

Rototuna is one of many schools with a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policy. The current focus on online and digital learning has been an area of investment for the government, as schools move to upgrade their networks to allow reliable online access for all students and teachers. Keeping a BYOD policy flexible, allowing for different devices, makes it easier for families, but means that the school system needs to be built to allow for the range of Android and iOS devices that the students bring in. Fraser says that Dynamo6 and RJHS shared a similar philosophy on where the digital education environment was heading. He is pleased that the system can cope with over 700 students and staff running multiple devices, with very few issues.

“The network is outstanding – it does everything we need it to… The fact that it’s gone unnoticed speaks volumes. We’d hear if it wasn’t working!”

Fraser Hill,
Principal

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Local experts

Having the Dynamo6 team based in Hamilton meant that the school had lots of easy access to a high level of technical expertise. Fraser says the school worked really closely with their Dynamo6 technicians and engineers, and “there didn’t seem to be anything they couldn’t work out.” Regularly working together gave Dynamo6 an in-depth understanding of the school’s needs, enabling them to offer advice that went beyond fixing issues. This gave the school an edge, helping them stay future focused and ahead of the game – something that Fraser says educators aren’t all that good at. 

“If we’ve got an idea, they’re more than willing to say ‘What about this?’ or ‘Have you thought about what’s happening now?”

Fraser Hill,
Principal

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Stage two: Senior School

The formation of Rototuna Senior High School is now underway. The existing RJHS server infrastructure will cater for RSHS also, and they will work mainly in Google. The schools can now operate according to their differences and shared aspects, using the seamless, highly available cloud-based ICT, with the freedom to use whatever preferred hardware and software they choose. The flexibility offered by the cloud system has given Rototuna High School an IT set-up that has worked from foundation, through the initial phases of enrollment, and is ready to grow and adapt with them in the future. 

“We’re two schools, physically joined together. The senior high school is now in set-up mode, so they’re in the midst of rolling out the same technical set up across that. It’s reassuring to know they can do that. We’d absolutely recommend Dynamo6 – we have recommended them already.”

Fraser Hill,
Principal