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Dunstan High Tent at Wanaka Show

Please call in and visit Mr Goldsmith and myself if visiting the Wanaka Show over the next two days. Our new position is in the main show ground – near the Ferris Wheel.

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DHS Hostel Internet Outage

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This post is to provide an information update for parents on the hostel internet outage that you may have heard about from your sons and daughters.

Link Failure

The hostel is connected to to the school network via a wireless bridge. This vital link between the school and hostel provides internet services to hostel students and staff, as well as direct access to student work on their school accounts. This morning technicians confirmed that this hardware has failed and needs to be replaced.  We are now working to select and install appropriate replacement hardware as quickly as possible.

Contingency Plan

As a result of this outage students have been able to use a room at school and the school computers to complete homework during evening prep.  One supervisor takes students who need internet to school and the other supervisor remains at the hostel to supervise those staying behind.  This practice will continue until the link is restored.  If students require additional internet access to complete all homework – I have been signing them out after school to go to the school library where they are able to access the internet.

Expected Resolution

Once restored we expect that the improved technology will allow even better link capacity, allowing hostel students improved access to the school network and its high speed internet connection.  As yet I do not have a timeframe for the completion of this work- however it is likely to extend until at least the end of this week.  In the meantime  I apologise for any inconvenience caused by this outage and assure you our ICT team are working hard to resolve this issue.    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this matter further.
Mark Templeton

Introducing Boardingware

UPDATED:  New Boarding Management Software for 2015 

All parents should have received their invitation email to set up a Boardingware Account.  Once the account is set up you can start using Boardingware to apply for leave.  The email contains instructions for how to download the User Guide and how to contact Boardingware Helpdesk for support.  If you haven’t received your boardingware invitation by email please contact the hostel to update your email address.

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Boardingware Software

DHS Hostel is always seeking to ensure we provide the highest level of care and supervision for students in our care. A big part of this process for us is managing and communicating student whereabouts effectively and efficiently through our leave system.

We have been managing student leave online for the past 18 months and at the end of last year staff trialled a new boarding management software service provided by Boardingware. As a result of the trial we will be implementing the Boardingware software to manage student leave and other important pastoral care and administrative functions within the hostel. Continue reading Introducing Boardingware