Apple showcases Samoan language app prototype created by Christchurch primary school students

A Christchurch primary school has caught the attention of tech giant Apple.

Christchurch's Bromley School has created a prototype Samoan language app and the kids who helped build it hope to one day see it on the app store.

"I would want it to go on the app store so I can show my little sister and my little brother," year 5 student Azariah Abohay told Newshub.

The idea started when the decile 2 school's Samoan teacher left, but the kids wanted the lessons to continue.

"Nothing really met their needs so they decided that they wanted to create something else to help not only themselves learn Samoan but also the rest of the students at their school," teacher Mele Togiaso said.

So 'Let's Learn Samoan' was born - a simple, easy to use and effective app prototype that is so impressive, it caught the eye of tech giant, Apple.

On Tuesday, Apple showcased it to the world by publishing it on their Apple Newsroom, seen by millions internationally.

"It's really exciting for me because it means lots of people will learn more Samoan," year 6 student Amelia Abohay said.

"I'm hoping that it will get spread around the world so that other people can learn the culture," year 6 student Jeremiah Laufiso said.

"For our children to see that something they've created is actually valued not only within their school and community but on the worldwide stage is an amazing achievement for them," Togiaso said.

Since introducing iPads and Macs these Bromley students have taken their technology skills to another level.

"We've improved and levelled up our digital skills," year 6 student Leonie Bradbook said.

"I've really loved doing it because it's really fun and I learned a lot of new stuff," year 5 student Azariah Abohay said.

The principal says Bromley School teaches its pupils they're capable of anything.

"When I see the parents engaged and happy and excited and the children pumped up and the teachers trying new things, it's a fantastic feeling," Principal Scott Kinley said.

Now the hope is for an investor or industry expertise to help turn their dream into a reality.