Customers

School-links is the leading communications tool in the education sector in New Zealand. School-links delivers hundreds of thousands of important messages every month across New Zealand. Most clients use a number if not all of the features built in to School-links. Here is what some of our primary, secondary and early childhood clients have to say about the features, the benefits and the service offered by School-links.

On engaging with the community

otago-bhs"Parents are always requesting more information from the school about what their sons are doing because the boys don’t tell them. There’s been a total paradigm shift. Notices that were sent home in the boys’ school bags rarely made it into the hands of a parent. Now, with School-links we can contact parents directly."

Dougal McGowan
Deputy Rector of Otago Boys' High School
http://www.obhs.school.nz/

Birkenhead-College"We also use School-links every week to send out our regular school newsletter.  The obvious beneficiaries are parents who receive a full-colour account of what’s been happening at school and upcoming events delivered directly to their inbox. They are delighted with the change from the black and white, banana-smeared paper copies that they have to prise out from student bags."

Kate Fuller
Director e-Learning at Birkenhead College
http://www.birkenhead.school.nz/

On saving time:

freyberg-high-school"The process of contacting all parents and caregivers at short notice to advise about Parent Voice meetings, union meetings, parent-teacher interviews, school-wide health issues and a range of other situations has been greatly streamlined and office staff workload lessened."

Bernard Harris
Senior Manager at Freyberg High School
http://www.freyberg.ac.nz

On saving money:

Devonport-School"We have found the newsletter facility great and it has saved us a lot of money and time as we no longer have to print, distribute and send home paper copies."

Shirley Hardcastle
Principal at Devonport School
http://www.devonport.school.nz

Birkenhead-College"However we (the school) consider ourselves to be the real winners, as we save so much on photocopying (although we still print a small number for families with no computer access) and deliver with a push of a button, rather than more pedestrian delivery methods."

Kate Fuller
Director e-Learning at Birkenhead College
http://www.birkenhead.school.nz

On ease of use:

hillmorton-high-school"The software is intuitive and easy to use and requires only brief professional development in order to train staff in its use."

Dave Leith
Deputy Principal at Hillmorton High School
http://www.hillmorton.school.nz

Blockhouse-Bay-Intermediate"The programme is very easy to use and I would highly recommend this service for any sized school a great asset."

Joanne Hookway
Office Administrator at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School

On access anywhere, anyhow, anytime:

"For the last set of report meetings I sat down on a Saturday morning and sent out one bulk text to all the parents I wanted to see and within a few minutes I had 10 parents who had replied to me."

Doug Ewing
Deputy Principal, Wanganui City College"
http://www.wcc.school.nz/

On tailoring the content:

Waihi-School"As a boarding & day school our communication varies to different families and it is essential that we get information out to parents to inform them of the terms events, sports draws or cancellations and any other necessary information.  School-links provides us the ease of sending the correct communication to the right people easily."

Rachael Proudfoot
Executive Assistant at Waihi School
http://www.waihi.school.nz/

On School-links support:

Birkenhead-College"I look after the IT in the school and I think that the School-links ‘help desk’ is wonderful.  The staff work away at any glitches or ‘challenges’ that we provide and either come up with a solution, or take our recommendations for the next upgrade.  It’s wonderful having a dedicated team of patient, knowledgeable people who are always just a phone call away. Many thanks School-links!"

Kate Fuller
Director e-Learning at Birkenhead College
http://www.birkenhead.school.nz

Beckenham-School"School-links support is easy to access and we have enjoyed the professional and responsive relationship we have developed with this company."

Sandy Hastings
Principal at Beckenham School
http://www.beckenham.school.nz

otago-bhs"I've just really enjoyed the people that work for School-links. They’re very helpful and can never do enough to help us, which is fantastic, as no matter how silly your question is, they always make you feel like it’s a good question. I really enjoy what they do for us, and that’s what is most important as far as we’re concerned."

Dougal McGowan
Deputy Rector of Otago Boys' High School
http://www.obhs.school.nz/

On the Features:

Emergency Alerts

halswell-school"Just wanted you to know how great School-links is. We had a really big earthquake before.

I put a message out straight away to say everyone was safe and I am inundated with replies from parents to say how they so much appreciated it. "

Viv Mills
Principal's Secretary at Halswell School
http://www.halswell.school.nz

Albany-Primary-School"One School-links email that cannot be measured in monetary value was when an unexpected tornado hit the Albany basin. Within 10 minutes of the tornado passing through our area (just as the 3.p.m. bell had rung) we were able to reassure all our parents through School-links that all children and our school were safe. Many parents told us that as they were hearing and seeing reports of the devastation and damage and phone lines were jammed,  a simple reassuring email and text to let them know all our children were safe was invaluable."

Maree Bathurst
Principal at Albany Primary School

Attendance Management

"The number one benefit to using School-links is the immediacy and the convenience of contacting parents for attendance matters. Rather than calling parents when a child is absent, secretarial staff send a text to parents about the issues. Email is a bit beyond where our parents are at as they’re mostly connected to texting on their cell phones – so
texting is the most effective way to get a hold of them."

Doug Ewing
Deputy Principal, Wanganui City College"
http://www.wcc.school.nz/

Event Management

"The process of contacting all parents and caregivers at short notice to advise about Parent Voice meetings, union meetings, parent-teacher interviews, school-wide health issues and a range of other situations has been greatly streamlined and office staff workload lessened.

The use of School-links to contact targeted sports and cultural groups with information specific to their members is also on the increase. School-links software supports Freyberg High School in its goal to be innovative, caring and excellent as it strives to be the best secondary school for all of its students."

Bernard Harris
Senior Manager at Freyberg High School
http://freyberg.ac.nz/

Parent Interviews

Beckenham-School"School-links Parent-Teacher Interview booking system has enabled us to target and begin to track our rate of attendance at learning conferences, resulting in us achieving over 95% attendance in 2012."

Sandy Hastings
Principal at Beckenham School
http://www.beckenham.school.nz

Birkenhead-College"It has ensured that Parent-Teacher evenings are a joy to organise. The parents LOVE being able to book their own appointments online, rather than relying on their kids to run round with chewed-up bits of paper booking wildly inappropriate times for them.  The evening itself runs very smoothly, with everyone literally ‘on the same page’. "

Kate Fuller
Director e-Learning at Birkenhead College
http://www.birkenhead.school.nz

Newsletters

Beckenham-School"We are able to email out our school newsletter now to over 350 families - instead of printing these four pages each week - saving us money in paper and copying costs, and providing a much more reliable method of communication than children's bags usually afford."

Sandy Hastings
Principal at Beckenham School
http://www.beckenham.school.nz

Kiwi-Kids-Preschool"Kiwi Kids Preschool has been using School-links for over a year now and it is fantastic.

Being able to send colourful, exciting newsletters and messages to our parents without the printing cost has been very valuable. By emailing newsletters and messages we are reassured that all parents have up to date information. We highly recommend School-links to any preschool wanting a cost effective and practical way of communicating with parents."

Desley Eastwick
Centre Manager at Kiwi Kids Preschool
http://www.kiwikids.org.nz

Albany-Primary-School"Once parents dredged through the bottom of a school bag for weekly newsletter but now our Friday update notifies them of the week’s upcoming events and any relevant notices straight into their inbox. They can then click on the relevant links or school website for further information. We have found the dual benefits of not only cost saving on paper but also knowing we are supporting our schools commitment to sustainable practices extremely positive"

Maree Bathurst
Principal at Albany Primary School