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Principals Today magazine featured information from interviews with Paparoa Street School, Te Ra Waldorf School (& Proprietors Trust), Raumati Beach School, Belmont Intermediate and Vauxhall Schools – as they shared their experience with Kindo for simplifying the traditionally stressful back to school period. Click here to view PDF.
Disruptive technology often creates a plethora of downstream effects, but for schools using the new Payables functionality from school payments platform, Kindo, it looks like a good news story. Kindo is simplifying the traditionally stressful period at the start of the year for school admin teams dealing with new students settling in, Student Management Systems to update, and camp and sports team forms and payments to chase up.
We talked to a number of schools using Kindo Payables to find out what the term one rush looks like — before and after Kindo.
Camille Lamond, office administrator at Paparoa Street Primary in Christchurch admits to being ‘a little nervous’ at the thought of introducing a new system but her fears were soon put to rest. The ability to easily invoice items to an individual class or year and set up groups for specific payments like sports team transport has really cut down the usual start of year admin burden.
Increased visibility over what has been paid and what is owing has been a plus at Te Ra Waldorf School in Paraparaumu. Executive Officer, Rhonda Huntley, feels that providing school families with the ability to part pay larger sums like camp fees, with Kindo continuously displaying the updated balance, offers a practical way to support parents and caregivers.
“In 2019, for the first time we had 100% of our swimming bill paid before the due date and camp was fully paid before the students set off. Kindo also makes it really easy to have an empathetic conversation about amounts owing with parents because everything is so transparent” said Rhonda.
During 2020, the benefits of Kindo became even more pronounced in two areas. In terms of communication, having school families directly linked into Payables for both the school and its Proprietor Trust was very helpful. “We were able to clearly communicate with families around their payables and make adjustments as required for individual family situations affected by job losses due to COVID.”
More surprisingly, Te Ra has hit its 2020 budget targets despite COVID, exceeding budget for donations by a massive 12.5%.
Principals Today magazine featured Kindo and ezlunch in this feature on school payments online, featuring Vauxhall School and Paparoa Street School, who followed different paths to taking all school payments on Kindo. Hear what they have to say…
Gary Lawrence from Vauxhall School commented: “We’re pleased that we’ve gone down the path of having all payments and fees in one place. Kindo makes it easy to raise funds through community events — this means we can reinvest those funds back into the classroom, providing more learning assistant hours.”
Camille Lamond, office administrator at Paparoa Primary found Kindo ‘relatively straightforward’: “I was a little nervous at first, but we’ve already got most of our parents using Kindo. Kindo Payables is easy. You can send out invoice items to an individual class or year and set up groups for particular payments like sports team transport. It has really cut down the fiddly admin side of my work.”
When asked what she would say to other schools, Shannon McNaughton [office administrator] does not hesitate: “Just get it – from a paperwork and admin perspective Kindo takes away all the pressure.”
Did you get our Christmas Fundraising info this year?
Fundraise with Kindo partners: Kindo has a range of suppliers offering specialty fundraisers for your school that are easy, admin-free… and FREE to participate in! Check out the many great gift ideas for teachers, family and friends.
Fundraise yourself: From Christmas trees to mince pies, it’s easy for your school or PTA to take orders and payments online with Kindo. Ask us how on email@example.com.
Fundraising Planner – 2021: As part of our mission to Simplify School Life, we’ve created a FREE 2021 Fundraising Planner for your next planning meeting. With term dates and special days already marked, it’s an easy way to get organised. Download Fundraising Planner.
Do you need to know which students are returning to school under Level 3?
Kindo works with schools and families to simplify school life. So we’ve put together a Quick Guide for Kindo schools with exactly how to gather that information, using the myKindo application already used and loved by families.
With Kindo your caregivers can ‘book in’ the days their children will be attending… and you can simply view the student list.
• Caregivers can select one or more dates and ‘book ahead’ easily
• Caregivers can cancel dates if things change
• You can offer time slots that make sense for your school (eg. “9am-3pm Full Day” or a half day option)
• Set up cut off times for each day (eg. 4pm the day prior)
• Provide information on screen and emailed (such as the expectations under Level 3, how it will work)
• Link to an update page for updating Emergency Contacts on your website
• Access a daily list of students and look forward to future dates also
Of course, taking your shop orders and school payments online is all part of Kindo too, so if your Canteen or Uniform Shop needs to get online fast, we can help with that as well. Let us help you quickly establish appropriate distancing during COVID-19 with Kindo.
Get in touch if you’d like to know more.
Tel. 09-869 5200 or tollfree 0508 454 636 firstname.lastname@example.org
The term 1 2020 issue of Principals Today (125) features Island Bay School and their experience with with our online school payments portal, Kindo. Executive Officer, Theresa Meredith, and Principal Deborah Fenton talk about how processes have changed over the years. Since working with Kindo, payments, permission notices, teacher and board-level reporting has all been simplified. “We pull in more money than we used to, and our parents have the flexibility to pay when and how they prefer, in the amounts that suit them”. From the days of ice-cream containers of cash to the now streamlined online parent payments portal – “Kindo Payables has been a real win for us.”
Read the full article here on pg 20 of Principals Today
Kindo schools find that fundraising is less about admin and more about funds – and the money always ends up in the right bank account. When everything from event tickets to sausage sizzles can be booked online and paid for immediately, school families respond more quickly and more people get involved.
From a PTA perspective, Kindo means less time input per event, vastly reduced cash handling and no headaches matching payments to student names and classes. All this adds up to easier fundraisers all round. Check out West Rolleston Primary’s Great Cheese Roll fundraiser – PTA member, Jo Burnett shares her experience.
Kindo even offers some ready-made fundraising options to add to your usual favourites with a range of appealing products and supplier already loaded on the platform and ready to go. Scroll down to take a look at a few of our favourites…
Kindo has also developed a fantastic ‘take to PTA meeting’ planner. Download it here.
West Rolleston Primary PTA thought that raising $12,000 with their cheese roll fundraiser in 2018 was great — until they hit $20,000 in 2019. And by running the second fundraiser through online school payments portal, Kindo, admin time was cut tenfold.
Two years ago, Jo Burnett, a parent on the PTA (GROW) committee, saw a need to raise funds to support families in the run up to school camp. “We had some families with multiple children struggling with camp fees and I wanted to do something to help.” The community got behind Jo’s idea and students were challenged to sell cheese rolls to friends, neighbours and family, with a fish and chip lunch awarded to the most successful class. Continue reading The Great Cheese Roll Fundraiser
In line with the Kindo aim of making administration easier for parents and schools, Kindo has just released automated Tax Donation Receipts for parent donations.
Parents simply pay their school donation online through Kindo, and Kindo will email a donation receipt directly to the caregiver. The receipt is designed to meet full IRD requirements, removing the need for school administrators to issue donation receipts manually. School finance managers have full control over which items are valid for donation receipts through a simple online Kindo interface.
This is the latest of many features released for Kindo, the #1 leading provider of online payment services for New Zealand schools. Previously Kindo was the first to integrate directly with leading School Management System eTAP, enabling parents to view and pay for eTAP invoices and receipting the payments directly into eTAP. They also offer ezlunch healthy lunch services on their platform, along with fundraising options, support for uniform and canteen online ordering, sports registrations, permission forms and payment, and many features designed in response to their 250 school customers’ needs.
To discuss your school or club requirements, please get in touch.
Raumati Beach School tell the story of how Kindo has reduced office staff demands, cut down admin for teachers and created an upturn in donation payments in the latest issue of Principals Today magazine, Term 1 2018.
“I knew Kindo had the potential to be good for us – and that’s become a reality. The system is easy to set up and it works for everyone.”
The term 2 2017 issue of Principals Today (114) features Ellerslie School and its experience over the last 12 months with our online school payments portal, Kindo. Finance Manager Dawn Findlay reports some major gains in revenue and time-saving. “We were really surprised at the uptake and number of donations we received through Kindo… I’m a complete convert.” In brief:
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