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Bishopdale School pupils train with Crusaders stars

SCHOOLS

Ryan Crotty and Michael Alaalatoa from the Crusaders visited Bishopdale School recently. A few children were chosen to take part in a training session with them and received a small goody bag.

COACHING: Crusaders Michael Alaalatoa and Ryan Crotty coached Bishopdale School pupil Rylley Dalton when they visited the school.

RUGBY: Children from years 5 and 6 with deputy principal Tim Morgan and Crusaders Ryan Crotty and Michael Alaalatoa.

App will keeps students in touch with Mairehau High „„ By Julia Evans MAIREHAU HIGH School students Kees Gifford-Whanau and Michael Scanlan are excited about keeping in touch with their school through its new app. The app is set to be released in the coming weeks. School deputy principal Rebecca Swanson said the idea came after a staff discussion about how to make it easier for parents and the community to find out more information about the school. “With society’s ever increasing reliance on mobile devices, we thought an app was the perfect option,” she said. Another driver was the unreliability of phone lines during earthquakes –

TECH: Mairehau High students Kees Gifford-Whanau and Michael Scanlan will be able to stay connected with their school using its new app.

specifically motivated by the aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake, which interrupted NCEA and scholarship exams. “Our app will help mitigate any similar situations in the future, when it’s crucial for information to go to a lot of

people, quickly,” Ms Swanson said. Alerts can be sent to all users with key information or even just to certain groups. “When you download it, you can subscribe to different alert groups, whether it be a

sports team, a year level or a scholarship study group.” The app was developed in conjunction with Snapp Mobile and has other features, which include parents being able to send in absences, contact school staff, sync with the school events calendar, daily notices and newsletters. The school is excited to launch the app to the community and Ms Swanson said it hopes to strengthen its relationships with families and students even further.

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NorWest News 28-03-17  

NorWest News 28-03-17

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