Crisis Management
  • Think local with boarding schools

    Date posted: 18 Jan 2012
    Changing economic conditions pose a real threat to schools, particularly boarding schools, and when added to other market forces such as high interest rates, a credit squeeze, shrinking disposable incomes, a dwindling rural population and the cost of petrol, present conditions can spell heartache for many schools. But in market terms, one school’s pain could well be another school’s market advantage as parents look for schools closer to home or ...
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  • Climate change impacts on schools

    Date posted: 17 Jan 2012
    I was visiting a beautiful boarding school in Adelaide and was talking to the registrar about changing enrolment patterns. She told me about a rural family from the Murray River who had 2 daughters enrolled to attend the school next year. The father had just been to see her to withdraw their enrolment application because of environmental threats to his farm. He said he always planned to send his two ...
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  • Crisis management at schools

    Date posted: 17 Jan 2012
    The first words are simple ... and alarming ... a phone call ...
    “Central Media Network here ... our camera crew is on its way ... i it true that a student has been seriously injured at your school?”
    The crisis is upon you. Surprise stuns you. There is never enough reliable information. Events escalate. There is intense scrutiny from outside, from inside, from neighbours and community leaders. Confusing and conflicting accounts, shifting like ...
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  • Recently I attended a lecture at the University of South Australia on ‘Present and Future Challenges for the 21 Century”. As the professor mentioned different issues I was thinking how these challenges will impact schools.
    One issue is the rising cost of fuel. The professor said it will force people to become more local - local holidays, local supermarkets, local services and (my thinking) local schools.
    Another issue was climate change ...
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  • School crisis damage repair

    Date posted: 17 Jan 2012
    Following a crisis, it’s a good idea to quickly circulate positive news about your school. This is what Salisbury High School in Adelaide did after an ugly bashing incident at their school last week that was filmed on a student’s mobile phone and circulated on the internet; to the horror of the principal, the Minister for Education and most adults, who heard about it via the radio or newspaper.
    To ...
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