App kept parents in the loop during fire
A SIMPLE phone app kept St Stephen's Lutheran College parents in the loop as their children were evacuated from school during a vegetation fire on Tuesday.
An alert was sent out via the app after fire crews reported the blaze was heading in the direction of the school just before noon.
Parents took to Facebook on Wednesday to thank the school for how they had communicated throughout the ordeal.
"Thank you for the App. Really helpful. Thanks SSLC," Mina O Pyawa posted on the St Stephen's page.
Mum Sharon Ireland didn't have the app on the day but said after the event she would "definitely" be using it in the future.
"I've just downloaded it. It looks fabulous. What a great little resource," she said.
Principal Ian Marks said the app communicated with parents directly and instantly.
"It is very good ... certainly on a day like (Tuesday)," Mr Marks said.
"The power of the app is that we don't have to wait for someone to access our information we can send it directly to their phone."
Mr Marks said the app was a smart investment for the school.
"For what it did (on Tuesday) I believe it was reasonably priced," he said.
"It's such a convenient way of communicating. It provides direct information a parent might need in the morning, afternoon or get emergency updates."
The app also keeps parents up to date with bus schedules, school newsletters, send an absence notice, contact staff and other parents as well as link to the school Facebook page.
It was developed earlier this year and is available on both Apple and Android devices.
St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School and Tannum Sands State School are the only other schools in the Gladstone region to have their own school apps.
What you said on Facebook:
Anisa Tessmer: "Download the St Stephens Lutheran College App...it's amazing."
Chris Strengers: "Thank you again St Stephens you all handled it very well. Thanks for your app."
Sue Bell: "Well Done SSLC."