12 March 2013 - Kaiapoi High School.  Photo Simon Baker/Digiflicks

Nine Benefits of Using Early Notification in New Zealand Schools

January, 2016

Early Notification (EN) is the use of text and/or email messages to notify parents that their child is inexplicably absent from school. Here are nine ways EN makes life easier for the school community: Benefits of Early Notification for parents and caregivers Fast notification of absences (which could potentially be a child safety issue). Parents […]

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Why Do New Zealand Schools Use Early Notification?

January, 2016

Early Notification (EN) is the use of text and/or email messages to notify parents that their child is inexplicably absent from school. Parents have the opportunity to reply and notify the school of the reason for the absence (e.g. sickness) or that they aren’t aware of the absence, which could be a safety or truancy […]

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Transform Your Attendance Management System [Webinar]

January, 2016

Attendance Management in many schools is a laborious, time-consuming task that can be simply modernised using Early Notification. Early Notification is a Ministry of Education approved means of notifying parents via text or email that their child is absent. School-links, a leader in the field of Attendance Management, and one of only a handful of […]

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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?

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 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

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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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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