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Lytton High School’s power to communicate during power outages

March, 2017

In December 2016 Gisborne lost power for two days after a plane crashed into major power lines for the town. 40,000 people were left without electricity and sharing updates and news with each other became difficult.

The situation sparked Wiremu Elliot, Principal of Lytton High School, to seriously investigate better ways to contact parents during power outages and other unexpected events. “It’s easy to post a message on Facebook but in an emergency what if we don’t have access to a computer? What if we have to evacuate?” questions Wiremu, “We were looking for smarter ways to do this.”

As soon as the power was back on, Wiremu contacted School-links to discuss their Emergency Alert platform that can be used for remote messaging.

Their Emergency App was quickly set up using the School-links smart data-export facility for KAMAR users into their emergency platform. This provided Wiremu and his management team with a fast remote messaging facility to connect with their parents and caregivers – all via their smart-phones.

“I know there’s a lot of messaging apps out there, but this one is great because it can talk to KAMAR, and that’s important for us. That means that our information is as accurate as our information in KAMAR is,” says Wiremu.

Learn more about Lytton High School’s experience implementing School-links Emergency App in the full case study. Click here to download.

[WEBINAR] Capitalise on your KAMAR SMS

March, 2016


Capitalise on your KAMAR SMS: How to better engage parents using Early Notification

Save time and make engaging with parents easier by learning new KAMAR system operations.

Date: Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Presenter: Keith Mockett, School-links

Topics covered will include:
• setting up the recipients in the database
• the Absence Manager screen
• managing the Early Notification process in Absence Manager
• ideas around effective use of Early Notification
• a quick look at tools that School-links provides to assist Attendance Officers


Keith Mockett, our technical advisor for School-links, has designed this webinar to give participants some tips on how to effectively and confidently use Early Notification in KAMAR. It will cover setting up the database to ensure the right people are receiving the message, and some of the traps when using Absence Manager to send out messages and process replies.

Keith has been with School-links for five years providing technical support and training to customers. He has completed hundreds of training sessions for Early Notification in all of the Student Management Systems, including KAMAR. He has also presented at a KAMAR conference on how to use Early Notification.

Please register your interest for the webinar here.

Contact the School-links team if you have any questions regarding the webinar.