Customer Story

How a school app helped transform communication

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Founded in 1945, St Peters Lutheran College is a Christian, co-education school with two campuses located in Indooroopilly and Springfield, Queensland. The college identifies itself as a community and home-away-from-home, catering to students from Prep to Year 12 and providing boarding at each of its campuses.

In this customer story, we chat with Director of Community Engagement, Ross Thomson, and Publications Officer, Cassie Twemlow, on how the Digistorm App has changed how the school ultimately connects with their overall community.

The challenge

Ross told us how communication between the school and its community relied heavily on the school newsletter — a hard copy notice that was given to the youngest enrolled student of each family. Knowing this wasn’t a reliable way to ensure parents were receiving the information they needed in a timely manner, St Peters Lutheran College implemented a Digistorm App to help to transform their community communication.

Keeping families informed

Since implementing a Digistorm App, the team says it has “transformed everything.” From sports schedules to buses arriving late, information and communication are now instantaneous for the St Peters community.

“It's not a case of 'we use this on a daily basis,' I think we use the app on an hourly, potentially even minute-to-minute, basis. We rely upon the app so much now and the parents who use the app know that it's their first point of call for up-to-date information.”

Most-loved features

The needs of every school are different, and specific features will be favoured over others. Depending on your strengths and weaknesses, some features will help out more than others. When it comes to favourite app features and modules for St Peter's, the team says push notifications in particular have been a game-changer for the school.

“I'm actually a staff member and a parent of the school, so it's really handy for me if I see a notification on my screen that says 'rowing or cricket has been canceled' – great, we can go home straight after school. When school results are available, we get to see them straight away, and calendar events are always up-to-date.”

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