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Easy communication between school and home that doesn’t involve social media

November, 2018

Communication between school and home should be effortless. At secondary level, many students are glued to their smartphone, relying on instant messaging, social media and text to communicate, with email increasingly seen as “old school”. Schools are trying to engage with these new mediums, using Facebook or Twitter or other communication Apps to get the […]

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emergency communication for early childhood centres

4 emergency communication must-haves for early childhood centres

March, 2018

Cyclone season is upon us and singing “rain, rain go away, come again another day…” isn’t likely to stop it. Disruptive weather, natural disasters and other emergencies aren’t uncommon experiences for Kiwi children at early learning centres. That’s why a water-tight communication strategy comes in handy, when it’s not business-as-usual for your centre. Parents need […]

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Is your school emergency messaging strategy prehistoric?

Is your school emergency messaging strategy prehistoric?

February, 2018

The Jurassic Park movie would have ended a lot differently if the park coordinators had come up with a more robust emergency plan in the event of the power going out. Although school emergency communication strategies don’t really need to plan for ‘in the event of cloned dinosaurs escaping’, we recommend for New Zealand schools […]

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How an attendance management system can help reduce truancy rates

February, 2018

Following on from our last article on how parent engagement can help with reducing truancy rates at your school, having a Ministry of Education approved attendance management or early notification system can aid in this as well. Early Notification (EN) is the use of text and/or email messages to notify parents that their child is […]

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Why do New Zealand school use Early Notification?

Keeping your School-links database up to date

February, 2018

Areas which will require updating now Students & Caregivers One of the questions we get asked in the new year is, “what about updating last year’s data?”. If you have been uploading your data file to School-links, then you will continue to do that. The standard data upload CSV files sent into School-links will update […]

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Reduce truancy rates by connecting with parents

Reduce truancy rates by connecting with parents

January, 2018

The issue of truancy for New Zealand schools reared its head again at the end of 2017, with attendance rates falling even further than previous years. The Ministry of Education reported the number of students regularly attending school fell from nearly 70 percent in Term 2, 2015 to 67 percent in the same period last […]

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School communication term 1 preparation

Tips for a Terrific Term 1

December, 2017

The heat is on and the pressure’s high! We understand how busy this time of year can be and there is still plenty to do. While we’re all looking forward to getting a break during the holiday season, the team here are not going to take our foot off the gas until we get done what […]

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School-links app video

[VIDEO] School-links Emergency Alerts App

November, 2017

As School Principal or Office Manager, how do you notify parents, students and staff in the event of an emergency? Imagine there has been an earthquake, a fire alarm, or a bomb scare and you have had to evacuate the school. No access to Internet. No access to a computer… No problem. Log in to […]

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The calm during the storm: how communication tools can minimise disruption to your school community

August, 2017

Most of New Zealand has been battered by storms over the last few weeks, from ice and snow closing roads to rain causing flooding, slips and states of emergency being declared across multiple cities and regions. Fortunately for schools, a lot of this disruption happened during the school holidays. However, forecasters predict that we will […]

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