Local school New Lambton South Public School approached us to solve a suite of problems. The school identified a need to provide an appealing public face for new and existing parents. The forward thinking Principal also identified a need for a single source of truth for communicating all school information and news.
Due to the growth in the use of technology by schools over time, a mix of different applications were in place. This was a cause of confusion for parents and difficult for the school administration to reach all parents.
The solutions proposed were:
- Develop a professional website that reflects the identity, personality, and values of the school. This will appeal to new parents, but also give the existing school community a website of which they can be proud.
- Develop a function within the website for flexible out-bound communication. Staff can publish an article of news that can also be published to the school Facebook Page, and/or a push notification via a dedicated app to mobile devices.
- Develop an dedicated app to facilitate push notifications, but also provide ready access to school news & information, permission slip, canteen ordering, and absentee reporting.
The website and app product we developed gives the school a single focus point for inbound and outbound communication. The website integrates with their social media, and mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
Parents no longer need to be confused about what app they need on their devices to interact with the school. School staff now need to go to only one place for communicating to parents. Staff need only to create one post that is published on the website, and concurrently to Facebook and/or as a push notification depending on the type of content.
Since launching the website and app during the last school holidays the school has gradually merged over to the new system with a great response from the school community. The app itself has 178 downloads and rising. We are very proud of this project and look forward to a continued partnership with the school for future improvements to their communication suite.
Take a look at the New Lambton South Public School website here or download the App from the Apple Store or Google Play.