Guildford Grammar were one of the first schools to adapt REACH Boarding School Software. Mr Michael Holland (now the Dir of Boarding at Brisbane Boys' College), assisted REACH in its first concept of the system, input from Christ Church Grammar, The Scots PGC, Barker College, St Brigids College, Genazzano and Newington College have helped develop the product to where it is today.
Mr Evans at Guildford Grammar has had great support from his Parents and Staff, now as you will see Guildford have a complete system with SISO at their front reception, which is run through REACH Kiosk Mode on tablets mounted on the walls.
Guildford Grammar uses two systems in their main school MAZE and SEQTA, REACH has begun the process to connect their MAZE database to their REACH System, same as the connection with other school systems such as TASS or Synergetic.
Mr Evans explains how Parents are finding the system ease of use and availability very engaging, how Staff have adapted from paper to paperless system and most importantly how the boy's have embraced the system.
Mr Evans runs a very dynamic Boarding House (as you can tell by the noise in the background!), it is credit to Mr Evans on how smooth the implementation of REACH Boarding School Software has been into their daily student management procedures at Guildford College.
Mr Evans would be a great point of contact for those school seeing to have their questions answered by a Director of Boarding using the system across multiple Boarding House's in a single gender school.
REACH Boarding School Software
We are here today at Guildford grammar with Mr. Brad Evans, director of boarding as you can hear there is a bit of noise in the background so it’s just gone after three and the boys are just signing themselves in, now just firstly how are your parents going with REACH
Interviewee: Yeah I think really really well probably the biggest things I’ve picked up is the extra flexibility that they’ve got in being able to leaves well ahead of time, some parents have entered five leaves early so we know where there kids are going to be right up to the end of term and ease of use of being able to do it whenever wherever they have access to a computer.
Interviewer: And what about yourself and your staff, what are some of the aspects of REACH that you’re enjoying or sort of maybe making the job a little more efficient.
Interviewee: Well first of all the big response for me is much less paper work on my desk which is a big cost, I think being able to monitor it myself whether via an IPad or from my home office at all times knowing where the boarders are, I certainly think the Airport view at busy times after school on Fridays or Sunday nights with a lot of boys coming back provides you with a one glance look at exactly where the boys should be and where they are approved to go, and also just all of the staff are finding it a lot easier to have the boys being able to take some responsibility to decide here and now.
Interviewer: So if we had another potential school looking at REACH what would maybe one of the main things you would recommend to them about REACH boarding.
Interviewee: It just makes your life a whole lot easier and if you’re the head of boarding I think that’s the main thing and I think engagement the boys are pretty engaged with it and keen to use the system as well.
Interviewer: Well Brad thanks for your time today I know the boys have checked themselves in and out after school but we will touch base with you sometime soon Thanks