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Cisco and Telstra Team up to Deliver TelePresence to Schools in Bathurst, Australia

Cisco, in conjunction with Telstra, is pleased to announce that it has worked with the Catholic Education Office to roll out TelePresence in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst. All secondary and central schools in the region will be equipped with the technology.

The roll-out represents a great opportunity for students in the Catholic schools system of Bathurst to enjoy face-to-face interaction with students at different schools, with external tutors and other experts from the region, based in other parts of Australia and even other parts of the world. The facilities will be readying students for life outside school by fostering a culture of teamwork and collaboration.

Regional Australia has a long history of “tyranny of distance” where people in outpost communities are disadvantaged due to their isolation from major centres and the TelePresence rollout aims to alleviate this problem especially for those students that are in the true rural areas of the Bathurst Diocese.

In addition to education purposes, the project will also be used for professional development and collaboration between teachers as well as administrators at the participating schools. The technology will also allow for a broader scope of courses and subjects to be offered at each campus as it makes the sharing of resources between each school a much easier undertaking.

The schools that are involved in the project are MacKillop College Bathurst, St Raphael’s Catholic School Cowra, St. John’s College Dubbo, La Salle Academy Lithgow, St. Matthew’s Catholic School Mudgee, St. Joseph’s Catholic School Oberon, James Sheahan Catholic High School Orange, and St. Mary’s Catholic School Wellington.

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Photo: Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools for the Catholic Education Office in Bathurst, and Scott Jackson from Telstra

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