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Emergency procedures and communications planning in New Zealand schools

Emergency Planning Webinar Well Received

December, 2015

Last month School-links hosted its first webinar themed around emergency procedures and communications planning in New Zealand schools. Andrew Balfour, Managing Director of School-links, shared some of the lesser known challenges schools face when tackling an emergency and how best to respond. Examples of how Kiwi schools faced several different emergency scenarios in the past […]

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Don’t leave emergency planning until the last minute

November, 2015

How many times do you think students have been told “don’t leave it until the last minute” in reference to doing homework or studying for exams? Even after years of hearing this phrase repeated, people are still inclined to put off completing the not-so-fun tasks in life. Emergencies are the sort of thing that we […]

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What you don’t know about Emergency Response Planning

November, 2015

There are many government emergency planning resources available for schools and early childhood centres. Few include the practical lessons learnt by school leaders and early childhood centre managers that have overseen a genuine emergency response. As an innovator in the field of Emergency Response communication tools, School-links has acquired a wealth of insight from partner […]

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Is your school prepared for unruly weather and uncertain circumstances?

Is your school prepared for unruly weather and uncertain circumstances?

September, 2015

Spring is usually an unruly time of year, weather-wise. But with the recent Central North Island lockdown and Upper Hutt shooting, school communities around New Zealand are also seriously discussing emergency procedures beyond the realms of weather events and natural disasters. Like the famous scout motto declares, “Be prepared”. Encourage the school community with the […]

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School-links spring update

School-links Spring Cleaning: 5 tips to enrich your school communications

September, 2015

Like any successful spring cleaning process, taking a step back and making a list of things to do is helpful. This spring we have put together some tips and updates to help School-links users brush up on their communication techniques and streamline processes. Current Data Regular csv data exports enrich your general communications for both […]

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School-links reassures parents of school children in North Island lockdown

School-links reassures parents of school children in North Island lockdown

August, 2015

Last week large parts of the Central Plateau went into lockdown, with police asking people in Ohakune, Waiouru and Raetihi to stay indoors during the manhunt for wanted criminal Dolphy Kohu and his accomplices. The group went on the run from police, later ramming a police car, shooting at the two officers inside, and then […]

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Parent involvement infographic preview

How can parents be involved in school?

August, 2015

The role of the school shouldn’t be to prop up the student with extra support if the parents are disengaged from their child’s education. A better strategy is to encourage parents to participate in school life and give them opportunities to get involved. Opportunities to initiate involvement in school life include formal parent advisory boards and groups, cultural activities and sports coaching, […]

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Music - Incorporating family identities into school life

Incorporating family identities into school life

August, 2015

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to educate one. Families are the colourful, multicultural, unique and multifaceted building blocks of any school community. A harmonious, integrated affiliation between parents and the school strengthens the student’s support network to work towards the same goal – providing the best education […]

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Encouraging parents to connect at school

Encouraging parents to connect

August, 2015

Children spend most of their waking hours at school. However, many parents feel alienated and uninformed about their child’s school life. This should be of concern to schools, as studies show that parents who are involved in school life are more likely to be supportive of their child’s education and have better relationships with teachers. […]

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School-links founders, Andrew and Robyn Balfour

AdmINNOVATION at SEO Conference 2015

July, 2015

During the Term 2 school holidays, School Executive Officers congregated at Hamilton to reflect on the topic of innovation in administration (or ‘adminnovation’). The theme of the conference centred around breaking free of current administration mind-sets and being open to new, smarter and more efficient ways of delivering quality education. As part of his commitment […]

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