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.”