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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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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

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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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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Avoid the embarrassment of a mass email blunder

March, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, was left red faced after hundreds of students received incorrect acceptance letters. 800 prospective students received an email congratulating them on their enrolment offer to a very select program. This was followed up several hours later with a retraction email and apology stating […]

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The risk of having incorrect parent contact information

February, 2015

There have been a few instances in the news lately where the importance for maintaining up to date contact information for parents has been highlighted. In these cases, schools have tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with parents when their child has failed to turn up to school. Most schools have a system in place […]

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Our October Tech Tip

October, 2014

EN Student Report For schools actively managing students with attendance issues and using School-links for their Early Notification we offer a very useful tool. When it’s time to look at the communications with caregivers regarding the student’s attendance many of the Student Management Systems (SMS) don’t provide the information you need. Using our ‘EN Student […]

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Our new parent interview system

October, 2014

After our recent partnership with Parent Interviews, we are pleased to advise the release of the following new features. KAMAR Sync KAMAR Sync allows Parent Interviews to receive automatic daily updates from your school. Every time a teacher is added or changed in KAMAR, a teacher will automatically be created in Parent Interviews for them. […]

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Selecting an Early Notification (EN) Provider

May, 2014

There are only three approved EN providers in New Zealand and they all conform to the protocol established by the Ministry of Education in 2006. This protocol sets out the rules of engagement between your Student Management system and the EN Provider. Despite this, not all EN providers are the same or offer the same […]

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