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Aussie edtech company launches into NZ

The Creative Collective

Parents tired of retrieving wads of paperwork crumbled up at the bottom of their children’s school bags, or unable to view clunky PDFs on their mobile devices, will be relieved to hear that Schoolzine, one of Australia’s fastest growing eNewsletter platforms, used by hundreds of schools across Australia is continuing it's expansion, including an announcement that it will this month expand into New Zealand.

Schoolzine enables schools to digitise their important communications to parents and the wider school community and increase and monitor engagement.

The Sunshine Coast company is now one of Australia’s fastest growing eNewsletter platforms, and announced its expansion into New Zealand and the appointment of new Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Craig Josic, at EduTECH, the southern hemisphere’s largest annual educational technology conference and exhibition in Brisbane last week.

Mr Josic, who has been involved in a range of education and technology based projects, will be responsible for the end-to-end strategy, design and implementation of Schoolzine’s digital roadmap.

"I’m excited to be Schoolzine’s first CDO, and one of only a few in a CDO position in the education sector of Australia, and am looking forward to engaging with key stakeholders and collaborating with new partners as we expand internationally," he said.

Schoolzine, which started out of the Innovation Centre on the Sunshine Coast just eight years ago, enables schools to digitize their important communications to parents and the wider school community and increase and monitor engagement.

Now offering their digital solutions to schools in all states and territories of Australia, Schoolzine has given over $600,000AUD in revenue back to Aussie schools through its innovative rebate system and sees New Zealand, which is geographically closer than many of its schools in Australia, as a logical new market.

Founder & chief executive officer of Schoolzine, Phil Reardon, said he was "very excited to be expanding internationally" and said New Zealand education sector representatives at the EduTECH event showed strong interest in the solution.

"They seem particularly interested in the ability for the school to speed up the newsletter production process. The feedback from our Aussie schools is that it saves them a lot of time and money in getting their key messages out, and Kiwi schools face these issues too."

Both Josic & Reardon will be attending the NZ Principals’ Federation Conference on June 30 in Wellington, New Zealand, and are looking forward to working with local organisations and educational partners in New Zealand such as the Waikato Principal’s Association and the Ministry of Education.

Whilst in New Zealand they will also be on the scout for local talent to recruit for their NZ based team, and to find a suitable location to set up their New Zealand office.