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[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.

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 few years were also discussed.

The webinar was well received and had a varied attendance of education professionals throughout New Zealand. In follow up conversations, some attendees mentioned that they had already implemented some of the practices into their own procedures.

Because it is such a busy time of year for schools with end of year activities and ceremonies, we have also made a recording of the webinar, available for viewing any time. Click here to access it now.

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 schools that have survived earthquakes, weather events and lockdowns.

In this webinar School-links shares some of the lesser known challenges you will face when tackling an emergency and how best to respond, from the horse’s mouth – those schools that have been faced with an emergency scenario.


  • An opportunity to ask questions
  • An emergency response checklist (slightly different from that of the Ministry)
  • A list of further resources

Webinar details

Topic: Emergency Response Planning

Who: Andrew Balfour from School-links will be running the webinar

When: Thu, Nov 26, 2015 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM NZDT

Register: Click here