Compass Tips #1: Why & Features

We’re now into our fourth week of using Compass for our school portal, and the transition has thankfully been smooth.

This week we’re going to start publishing some regular tips and how-to posts on the website to help parents learn more about how to use Compass, and to answer frequently asked questions.

Today’s Tip: Why Compass and What Can It Do?

Why Compass?

The school leadership didn’t take the decision to move to Compass lightly, but after careful consideration it was a compelling choice. Some of the reasons we switched were:

  • Our previous platform wasn’t meeting the school’s needs
  • We received frequent parent feedback that they couldn’t easily keep up-to-date
  • The platform didn’t easily integrate permissions and payments for school events

Another significant reason we chose to move to Compass is that it brings us inline with our local high schools (Alkira, Kambrya & Narre Warren P-12) who all use Compass for parent interactions. This means that parents and students will have a consistent experience when dealing with their school from Prep to Year 12.

What Can We Do With Compass?

Compass is very powerful, and we have only just begun to use its functionality. Here are just some of the things we can do now with Compass, or will be doing very shortly:

  • Access your child’s Student Progress and Semester Reports — reports will no longer be printed
  • Book your Parent/Student/Teacher conferences
  • View the school’s calendar of events
  • View up-to-date class and school attendance information
  • Approve or enter upcoming or past absences for your children
  • Provide permission and make payment for excursions, incursions and camps — permission slips will no longer be printed by default
  • Receive notifications about activities related to your children, their classes and the whole school.

We’re excited to start using Compass because it means we’ll be able to better communicate with parents and students.

Categories: General Updates
Stewart Johnson

Stewart has been the school Business Manager since 2017. His background is in Technology and Banking, and he has 3 children at Hillsmeade.