There has been some questions regarding the original post below, so I have added some additional information to explain the intent of this initiative:
- There will be no change to the current channels of communication:
- School Stream will remain a primary channel for communication from the school executive and the P&C Committee. I should also note that the School Stream app has translation capability to translate content to over 100 languages. This can be changed through Settings, then turn Language Translation to On and choose preferred language.
- The Facebook Oatley P&C Noticeboard will be unchanged, and remains a great way for the OPS parent and carer community to share information and ask questions to other members
The consideration of WeChat is to add an additional channel for community members that prefer this platform over Facebook. Like the other channels listed above, participation is optional. Feedback indicates there are already numerous WeChat Groups within the OPS community. The intent of the coordinator is to duplicate announcements, etc that are typically posted to Facebook to WeChat (and vice-versa) and be a moderator of the WeChat Group.
I hope this provides clarity on the earlier post.
Original Post (5/2/2020):
WeChat Communication Coordinator Needed
The P&C has been considering ways we can improve, and one of the priority items is how we achieve better inclusion of the school’s parent and carer community. We realise Facebook is not a preferred, nor common method of communication for a growing portion of the community.
We are investigating other channels of communication, and one of the main channels suggested in feedback to the P&C has been WeChat. WeChat is a Chinese based multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile app that has functionality to translate between languages.
We are looking for a parent or carer that would volunteer to provide advice on the use of WeChat to the P&C, and if WeChat is adopted, some co-ordination of the sharing of information to and from the WeChat platform.
If you can assist the P&C please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org