One of the fastest growing eNewsletter platforms used by hundreds of schools across Australia and New Zealand, Schoolzine, is celebrating some milestone achievements at the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast on Monday 31 August.
The Schoolzine Celebration invites past, present and future schools, the business community and general public to join the Innovation Centre in recognising Schoolzine’s achievements.
“Their impressive achievements include expansion into New Zealand, signed global partnerships, a record-breaking 25,000 eNewsletters built to date and now employing over 30 staff. Very impressive for a local startup business,” said Mark Paddenburg, CEO of the Innovation Centre.
“I believe the Innovation Centre’s collaborative ecosystem and mentoring assistance helped us establish and grow our business model effectively from the beginning,” said Schoolzine’s CEO and founder, Phil Reardon.
To cater for their next phase of growth, Schoolzine will relocate its HQ next to the new Sunshine Coast Smart City. With strong foundations at the Innovation Centre’s entrepreneurial hub, Schoolzine was established in 2007 as a solution to real problems parents were facing with accessing their children’s school communications.
Mr Reardon was at his son’s football game when another father, who happened to be a school principal, expressed his frustration in communicating with his school’s community.
From a parents’ perspective Mr Reardon confesses, “As a dad, I felt out of the loop with my child’s education and school because I wasn’t receiving direct communication and when I did get my hands on the newsletter, I wasn’t engaged at all.” Mr Reardon felt like he had a solution to a problem he understood first-hand and saw this as a unique business opportunity.
He invited local principals and pitched Schoolzine to transform their communications – 80 percent of them immediately signed up. Mr Reardon, who had another business at the time, dropped it to focus 100% of his efforts on this project.
Since then, Schoolzine has gained momentum with a goal to become one of the largest digital school service providers in the world. As they are expanding, they are always looking at ways to share ideas and look for opportunities to grow globally so they can provide an alternative pathway for today’s youth and tomorrow’s generations.
Coast’s hottest school zones driving property prices up
THEY’RE the Sunshine Coast schools helping to keep property prices pumped up.
Interstate and out-of-town buyers are making specific inquiries with agents, seeking property that lies within specific school boundaries.
The likes of Buderim Mountain State School, Kawana Waters State College, Mooloolaba State School and Coolum State School all among the popular school catchment areas.
Meanwhile, Mountain Creek State School and it’s high school campuses remain arguably the most sought-after school catchment zones in the region.
Kevin Annetts Property principal Kevin Annetts, whose core business was in the Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore areas, said they were commonly asked about the status of property in relation to the Mountain Creek school zones.
“We get a lot of inquiry from people that want to be in the Mountain Creek school zone,” Mr Annetts said.
He said the school’s reputation as one of the region’s best had “helped” keep plenty of strength in local prices.
He said people moving from interstate or other parts of south-east Queensland were eager to make an inquiry.
“They’ll specifically ask us about the property in that Mountain Creek school zone,” Mr Annetts said.
He said they included a property’s location within the catchment area in their marketing, so strong was the desire of buyers to be in the area.
“There’s enough demand out there for properties in that area and buyers will pay a premium to be in that zone,” Mr Annetts said.
He said Mooloolaba State School was highly sought after with his clientele, with many chasing a property within walking distance of the popular primary school.
Amber Werchon Property principal and REIQ Sunshine Coast zone chair Amber Werchon said the school catchment areas affected demand, which in turn, increased property prices.
“There is no way to monitor exactly how much an area has grown due to a school catchment area, but we do know that it increases demand which in turn increase property prices,” Ms Werchon said.
“Buderim is a highly sought-after school catchment zone with more homes selling in this area than any other suburb on the Sunshine Coast (103 sales in 12 months to June).
“A large number of sales took place in Mountain Creek, another popular school catchment area, where property prices have increased by 4.3% over the past 12 months.”
Latest REIQ data showed annual median sale prices in the Sunshine Coast local government area had increased 26.3% over the past five years.
Mountain Creek (20.9%), Wurtulla (31.1%), Alexandra Headland (80.3%), Buderim (30.2%), Coolum Beach (39.5%) were among the region’s strongest five-year performers.
Originally Published: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au
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