SKC creates its own app


An Oamaru school has become one of the first in the country to create its own app.

The St Kevin’s College app, which was devised over the last year by principal Paul Olsen and deputy principal Kerry Ryan, is available to pupils and parents at the school.

Deputy principal Mr Ryan said he and Mr Olsen had been excited about the idea of creating an app for the school.

“We just saw it as being a fantastic way to keep up-to-date with the ever improving technology of the 21st century, but also because people carry their phones everywhere.”

The app includes a wide variety of features. Pupils can choose their courses for the following year, parents can sign permission slips, canteen items are listed, fortnightly indicators are viewable, parents and teachers can communicate over absences and daily notices are available.

The app can be downloaded from Playstore for Android phone users and will uploaded to the Apple app store in the coming weeks.

Mr Ryan said he was pleased with the way the app had turned out.

“I’m really pleased with it. It’s come out awesome. It’s easy to use and it will make things a whole lot easier for the school, with absences now being able to be done through the app. Pupils able to choose options for next year and access many other things.”

At this stage, about a quarter of the 420 pupils at St Kevin’s College have downloaded the app, and Mr Ryan said he expected the number to rise when more people became aware of it.

“There are plenty of pupils with iPhones, so when it’s available to them, I’m sure they will download it, and I’m expecting most of the pupils who have an Android phone to have the app downloaded.”

The app is free to download and can be accessed by visiting school’s website.



SMART: St Kevin’s College deputy principal Kerry Ryan displays the school app on a television screen.

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