EdSmart Success Story: Rangi Ruru Girls' School, NZ
By Ira Badola
Ira is a dedicated marketing professional with background experience in deploying strategic plans and designing creatives. With a go-getter attitude and optimistic vision, she works as Marketing Coordinator at EdSmart. Her purpose and passion lie in developing unique ideas and bringing creativity to her work. She is a plant lady and loves spending time at home with her family watching Disney movies and going for long walks.
Pain-free administration lightening the load in NZ – Rangi Ruru Girls' School in Christchurch has been able to streamline their data, knowing it is safely stored and centrally accessible.
Located in Christchurch, Rangi Ruru Girls' School is an independent girls' school offering personalised, holistic education from Year 7-13, day and boarding.
In an effort to discover a better way to perform crucial administrative tasks, such as permission slips, the school searched for potential digital solutions that could fit their exacting requirements.
Head of IT, Carl Hogan, had implemented EdSmart in his previous role at Lincoln High School – another EdSmart Smart School – so was confident the platform could meet their needs. In his role at Rangi Ruru, Carl looks after the strategic oversight of all IT-related items, anywhere from physical infrastructure to the deployment of software.
As an advocate of EdSmart, Carl commends the "user-interface design and the ease of use – how easy it was for teachers to self serve."
In addition to staff being able to smoothly transition into using the platform, EdSmart's wide range of integrations meant Rangi Ruru was able to confidently deploy EdSmart knowing that data would be easily readable and accessible by their PCSchool student management system.
Other facets of the platform that addressed the needs of Rangi Ruru were EdSmart's record-keeping functionality and digital workflows. Prior to EdSmart, the school had been using paper-based processes, which were completely transformed by going digital and implementing EdSmart's flexible forms.
Another key part of Rangi Ruru's successful deployment of EdSmart has been their 'secret weapon', Jude Connochie, who is the database administrator and silent champion of the platform.
A huge part of Jude's role is ensuring the data being pulled from the database relating to current and past students/parents is accurate so, when EdSmart came about, Jude was able to dive in and take ownership of the platform's use over the last 12 months. She is now known as the resident EdSmart expert!
Jude was excited to make the jump to digital, as she was keen to see paper forms go. Carl explained that, in the past, "If a teacher wanted to send a form, they had to come and see Jude, provide the rationale, and then Jude would have to make time to get that done." Not surprisingly, implementing EdSmart has completely overturned this process in a remarkable and liberating way.
In the couple of years since Rangi Ruru's deployment of EdSmart, the school has been silently kicking goals by transitioning to digital and reducing administrative burden more and more with increased functionality. And, they look forward to more wins to come.