One of the parents at that meeting was Dennis Chapman, founder
and major shareholder of the hi-tech Christchurch based company
then named Swichtec Power Systems.
He wondered why the school was seeking one computer for each room.
Was one the ultimate goal, or was it a step towards a greater goal?
Why did the school feel it needed the computers? How was the purchase
of more computers going to help the pupils as learners?
Within a few months, the teaching staff at St Martins had a PC
to take home for the long summer holidays, and the 1995 school year
began with that computer in the classroom - along with two others!
But wait, there was more. Each room was equipped with appropriate
computer tables, power supply upgrades, extension cables, a colour
inkjet printer cunningly set up to print through a print sharing
device, and enough software to enable anything to happen.