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SSC Newspaper : August 2012
www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 21 education By Bernadette Chua Moveovernewsletters and notes sent home from teacher – some of the inner west’s top private schools have introduced innovative mobile phone applications especially for students’ parents. Parents are able to access the latest news from the school, receive information on sporting fixtures and directions to matches as well as any other news or events on the school’s social calendar. Tanya Geha, who owns software company EcoView Global Pty Ltd, was first contracted to develop the application 12 months ago for Meriden and PLC Sydney. Mother to Mitchell, a Trinity Grammar student in year 10, Geha then approached Trinity, who launched the app last month. She says the application – which works on androids, Blackberrys and iPhones – is an effective and efficient way for schools to keep in contact with parents. The app uses updated data from the school’s website, so if a game is washed out or a location for a match has changed, parents will be able to get instant updates. The app can also be used to submit absentee forms if a child is ill. “Because most people have a smartphone these days, it’s a great way for the school community to keep in contact, especially in an age where parents are so busy,” she says. The app has received hundreds of downloads already. “The response has been extremely positive,” Geha says. “Lots of parents are using the app, especially for the sporting fixtures. Every parent has been in that situation where they’ve been driving around aimlessly, looking for a sporting venue. “Parents can now always know what’s going on with their child’s school. I think it’s one of the most effective ways yet to keep our school community alive.” To download the app, head to Meriden, PLC Sydney or Trinity Grammar’s website. App developer Tanya Geha with her son, Trinity Grammar student Mitchell. “Parents can now always know what’s going on.” New app keeps parents up to date PLC SYDNEY (02) 9704 5695 firstname.lastname@example.org www.plcsydney.info/ss Boundary Street, Croydon IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLC ARMIDALE PLC Sydney is a school for girls from pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, offering boarding from Year 7. The College aims to educate young women from the basis of a Christian world view to make a difference in a rapidly changing global society. More than one in three students achieve an ATAR over 90. Excellent co-curricular programme including overseas exchange and international Service Learning opportunities. Exceptional facilities including an Aquatic Institute, Performing Arts Complex, Research Centre, Art, Design and Technology Studios and a Centre for Public Speaking. Integrated use of technology throughout the College with Interactive Whiteboards in classrooms, WiFi internet access and digital technologies used extensively. We invite you to come along to an Information Session or join us for a private tour of the College. Please call or visit our website for further information.