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Training provider uses School-links to cater for clients who prefer text messaging

October, 2021

Moving Mountains leads the way with next level client communications Moving Mountains provides training to support Māori and Pacifika people into employment across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. The organisation offers CV and employment preparation courses, driving license and endorsement training, and certification programmes such as SiteSafe. With text messaging proving to be the […]

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School-links makes a difference to community organisation

September, 2021

School-links is helping I Have a Dream Charitable Trust to connect ‘dreamers’ and ‘navigators’ Communication is critical for the I Have A Dream Charitable Trust, a social service agency providing mentoring and ongoing support for 960 students ranging from Year 0 to Year 13 across four schools. The organisation has been using School-links for the […]

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Tips for sharing your COVID updates

August, 2021

The Prime Minister has announced a COVID-19 Alert Level 4 for the whole country. School-links can support your school to keep everyone informed and safe, via text, email, data-push and now with Facebook integration. Text: use text for important alerts and to direct your community to email, app and Facebook for more detailed updates over […]

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School-links now includes Facebook Integration

August, 2021

Exciting new feature for School-links schools: you can now share your communications via your school Facebook page, as well as via text and email. Next time you visit the School-links Message Centre, you’ll see a new option. Simply tick the box to share your message to your school’s Facebook page, in addition to email and […]

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When COVID strikes your school: communication and management strategies

May, 2021

Vaughan Couillault, Principal of Papatoetoe High School, shares his experience of navigating an outbreak of COVID that directly impacts a school and community. Papatoetoe High School, a co-educational year 9–13 school in South Auckland, was thrust into the limelight during the February 2021 COVID outbreak. At 11.30am on February 14th Vaughan received, “a very unpleasant […]

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Winter means weather closures. How will you get your message out?

May, 2021

Question: with winter fast approaching and extreme weather seemingly the norm these days, how are you going to contact your school community in an emergency? Answer: Don’t use an app or social media. Do you know how many parents have downloaded your school app or use Facebook? It varies from school to school, but we […]

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Five benefits of an Early Notification (EN) Attendence Management System over a school messaging app

May, 2021

What is ‘Early Notification’? An Early Notification (EN) system is much more than a school messaging app. EN is the use of text and/or email messages from the school to the parents to alert caregivers to an unexplained absence from school, not an app for parents to let the school know that a student will […]

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Amy Carter

Your school noticeboard could be critical in an emergency

January, 2021

The next in our series of thought leadership pieces on communicating in and during an emergency. Amy Carter, now Chief Executive Officer of the Christchurch Foundation, and Managing Partner of Carter, Price, Rennie back when the Christchurch earthquakes occurred, shares her thoughts about communicating without power. Old school and new school both have a role […]

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Graham Dockrill

Preparedness Makes All The Difference

October, 2020

The first in a series of thought leader pieces on communicating during and after an emergency. What can the education sector learn from the business world? Graham Dockrill, serial entrepreneur, investor, company director and business consultant, says it all comes down to thinking about what information you will need, and how you are going to […]

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Thinking about your communications?

September, 2020

Here are five questions for your senior leadership team to help you evaluate the effectiveness of your communication strategy in the event of an emergency. How many parents/caregivers have downloaded your chosen communication platform? Of those, how many have enabled push notifications? How many parents/caregivers follow your social media channels? What is the typical response […]

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