It seems only a short time ago that Methven Primary School had a new website, it was great…. for it’s time.
However, as Principal of Methven Primary School, Chris Murphy says, “Technology is constantly evolving, as part of our communications strategy, the Senior Leadership Team and I recognised the need to update our online presence to better reflect what we do here at MPS, who we are today and provide a catch-all resource for our teachers, parents and students. Our Facebook page provides information about what the students are up to and we use Message My Way to provide alerts to parents when needed.
There is so much more involvement of parents in their children’s education today and our modern schools provide children with fun and interesting ways to learn, there is always something going on. Communication is key between the school and parents.”
Michelle Bungard, a website developer for local company, Nor’West Arch, walked me through the new website, saying that it had been created on a platform that can grow and evolve with the school and technology.
As well as looking fantastic, with photography ‘capturing the essence of our school’ by Ricky Otaki, the layout and navigation is really user friendly and everything you could possibly need to know about the school is already available – and if it isn’t, it soon will be.
There are three main information zones to the website, ‘Our School, Enrolment and Parent Zone’, with a footer at the bottom of every page including contact details, school dates & hours and the latest reminders/ alerts.
Our School’ focuses on the generic information including staff, classrooms, its location in the Methven community and involvement with the Opuke Community of Learning. ‘Enrolment’ makes life easy for parents of new students; how to enrol, the uniform and stationery your child will need.
The ‘Parent Zone’, though, as a parent myself, is the Holy Grail.… the interactive Event Calendar with click and expand function, an A-Z Information Directory so you can fnd anything and everything but most importantly, I think you’ll agree, is the NOTICES section, where a copy of EVERY NOTICE issued by the school is stored. We can all say goodbye to phoning a friend or the office to get another copy of a notice after hearing the dreaded “It’s in my bag.” – yes that soggy piece of paper in the black hole that is the bottom of your child’s bag, in amongst the half eaten moldy sandwich and forgotten banana skin.
The feedback from parents and teachers alike has been very positive, and Chris Murphy “couldn’t be happier” with what the school and Nor’West Arch have achieved.
Visit methven.school.nz and try it out for yourself, it really is a well presented and usable new resource providing an essential link between the school and the wider community.