The new PLC Sydney Portal is in development

We realise it’s been a topic of discussion for some time now, but the good news is that the new PLC Sydney Portal is currently in development.

If you’re thinking, “Don’t we already have a parent portal?” You’re right. Well, partially right.

We have what we have been referring to as a 'parent portal', but our current offering provides only a portion of the potential functionality that a full-blown portal is capable of. It was a good start and we are now in the process of developing a new portal with improved and expanded functionality.

What is a portal?

In the simplest of terms, a portal is a single online place where lots of related information (often from various sources) is brought together and presented to the user with a similar look and feel. Portals often have the added functionality that allows users to choose and customise the information that is presented to them. Some examples of popular portals used by millions everyday are Google and Facebook.

For us, this new portal will be a digital/online space that will enable us to house, disseminate, display, and process PLC Sydney related information relevant to parents, students and staff such as: academic results and student reports; internal and external communications, including updates, newsletters, notifications, absentees from sports and co-curricular training, events and competitions; enrolment for all co-curricular activities and so much more. It will also better connect our various disparate systems, allowing us to communicate in a more direct, targeted, efficient and timely way than we do now.

As you can appreciate, this is a HUGE project and will take most of the 2016 year to create, but now that the redesigned and upgraded PLC Sydney website is running smoothly, developing the new portal will be our primary digital focus for next year.

The portal project is already underway. During the latter part of 2015, we formed a working committee, developed a project plan, and are now working through the content requirements and the consultation with users and content creators that will be instrumental to the portal’s development and use.

The launch of the portal will take a phased approach, with the aim for it to be functional for the start of the 2017 school year. The project will include much consultation, development, feedback and testing before we officially launch.

As we get close to breaking for this year’s summer holidays, trust that next year we will be focused on developing this important tool for improving PLC Sydney’s communication, information dissemination and processing. 

Throughout 2016 we will keep you apprised of its latest developments through dedicated communications and we hope to involve you in the project where possible.

We will provide more portal development updates once we return from the summer break.

The PLC Sydney Portal Development Committee

 

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