Children cheering about more maths homework has teachers at a Marlborough school smiling.
Pupils at Blenheim School whooped with delight when members of the Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity handed over a $3500 donation to the school.
The money will be used to ensure each child at the school has a subscription to a special mathematics app to help them learn online.
For four members of the 148-year-old Freemason’s Lodge, attending the special assembly was a step back in time as they returned to their old stomping ground.
Lodge president John Crouch, was a former pupil at the Alfred St school. He says he was delighted to return to make the donation which was made in the very room where he once sat as a schoolboy.
“When I first got a letter from the headmistress explaining about Mathletics, I was a bit confused. Obviously there was nothing like that about when I was at school as we didn’t have computers back then.
“When some of my fellow lodge members explained what it was I could see the benefits straight away,” he says.
Blenheim School principal Denyse Healy says the money pays for three years of subscriptions which the school could not have paid for.
A special assembly at Blenheim School with Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity members, who donated $3500 to help pupils with their maths.
“It has two components; there are workbook lessons and teaching clips they can watch if they are having difficulties with a particular concept, and there’s a more fun component, where they can compete with mathletes around the world,” she says.
The skills learnt in the workbook and tested in the quizzes were in line with the national maths curriculum. Senior pupils at the school had been given a two-month trial of the app which had already proven successful.
“It really helps to up the kids’ basic facts, because you learn them through repetition. And the kids love it, because kids generally like competitive games. It’s updated regularly, so we’re not using a maths book that’s 60-years-old.
“The Masonic Lodge have just been amazing. We do struggle for money sometimes and this makes a huge difference as far as educational equipment goes,” Denyse says.
The donation was made by Blenheim members on behalf of their own lodge and also the Nelson Marlborough Freemasons and national body Freemasons New Zealand (and The Freemasons Charity).
Photos- School assembly with Freemasons, Mathletics Web Page and Presentation with Freemasons