Why parents need a school mobile app
Why parents need a school mobile app

7 persuasive answers for parents

If you’re a school considering a school communication app, you’re probably aware of the many benefits it can bring, like reducing paper wastage, streamlining administration, and providing reliable communication to parents.

But when it comes to pitching the idea to parents, it’s essential to communicate how the app will make their lives easier. After all, they’re the ones who will be using it the most! You may hear questions like, “Why do we need a mobile app? What’s the advantage of a school app over email or Facebook?”

These are all valid questions. We understand that you need to get buy-in from parents, so we’ve compiled a list of the most common parent questions we hear and provide you with some clear answers below.

Let’s explore the benefits of a school app for parents!

For parents, managing their child’s school life can sometimes feel like a full-time job. From keeping track of important school events to submitting permission slips, absentee notices, staying on top of it all can be overwhelming. A school communication app can make their lives just a bit easier.

All school information in one place, in your pocket

With a school communication app like Audiri, you can access all the information you need from your school in one place. Whether it’s important events, last-minute notices, or permission forms, you’ll always have the latest updates at your fingertips. Plus, because the app is customisable, your school can link to frequently used services like canteen payments, uniform shops, or learning management platforms, making Audiri your go-to app for all things school-related.

2. Only messages that are relevant to YOU

With Audiri, you can subscribe to relevant groups, so you’re only receiving communications that are relevant to you. No more being bombarded by emails for sports teams your children don’t belong to! With Audiri, you have complete control over the messages you receive.

3. Submit forms from ANYWHERE, anytime

Submitting absentee notices and permission slips has never been easier. With Audiri, you can do it all from your phone, no matter where you are. No more misplaced notes in the bottom of the school bag or waiting to speak to the school receptionist.

4. Fewer emails in your inbox!

Let’s face it, we’re all drowning in emails. Statista forecast in 2023,  347.3 billion emails sent and received per day worldwide. That’s a lot of emails. With Audiri, you’ll receive push notifications straight to your phone’s home screen, ensuring important messages get delivered cutting through the noise.

5. Facebook has its limitations

Over the years, a lot of schools have adopted Facebook as a means of enhancing their engagement with parents. While Facebook and other social media platforms can play a crucial role in a school’s communication plan, it’s essential to acknowledge the platform’s limitations. Not everyone has a Facebook account. Recently Facebook has faced criticism lately for how they handle user data. As their revenue model depends on advertising, it’s not surprising that their priority lies with their clients (advertisers) rather than their users. Consequently, school messages on Facebook will always have to compete with paying advertisers for attention. Therefore, there’s no assurance that the crucial updates from your school will be seen by the intended audience amidst all the other noise on the platform.

6. Parents are more likely to have a smartphone than a Facebook account.

Although Facebook has a vast audience, with about 70% of the population having an active meta account (source: hootsuite, https://blog.hootsuite.com/facebook-statistic), it still leaves out 30% of the population who are not using these social media platforms. On the other hand, Australia has one of the highest rates of smartphone ownership in the world and anticipated to reach 87% by 2026. (source: statista Link: https://www.statista.com/statistics/321477/smartphone-user-penetration-in-australia/) Therefore, using Audiri has a greater potential to reach and engage with a larger proportion of our school’s audience.

7. You have complete control over your content

With Audiri, you own the content you post. There’s no need to worry about Facebook’s or Metaverse privacy policy or who may have access to your school’s information. Plus, Audiri gives you complete control over which groups users have access to, when posts should be removed, and who can access the app.

A school communication app is a must-have for any school looking to streamline communication with parents. From putting all the information you need in one convenient place to ensuring you only receive messages that are relevant to you, Audiri makes managing your child’s school life that much simpler.

So why does your school need a mobile app? Because it’s the easiest way to stay connected, informed, and in control.

If you’re thinking about introducing a school communication app, make sure to clearly explain the benefits to parents. Alternatively, why not have a chat with me, Andrew Brodie andrew@audiri.com.au?

I can give you some additional tips on how to manage the conversation with your school community and ensure parents are onboard.

With over 1,600 schools already seeing the advantages of this partnership, you can feel confident that this innovative solution will positively enhance communication and simplify cashless payments for your school.

Start using Audiri with My School Connect now and enjoy the benefits of this partnership today!

Connect. Collaborate. Be Heard.


Three key challenges that schools and community organisations face in connecting and informing parents, students and members. And these challenges have a beautiful new streamlined communication solution in Audiri.


Audiri, meaning “To Be Heard”, is focused on streamlining engagement within communities. While SkoolBag and Sportsbag are deeply rooted in school and sporting communities, we are thrilled to relaunch with expanded functionality in 2023.


We have been listening to our clients’ feedback and have seen how communication challenges within communities have changed in recent years. To answer these challenges, we are proud to introduce new technologies and use cases. We have significantly improved usability and visual appeal, and we are working to ensure that the most valued features are available on a single, simple platform.



Here are the features you love:



  • Placing orders and payments at school: Uniforms, Tuckshops! Parents can streamline their apps and make payments within the Audiri app using the MySchoolConnect integration. We can configure these ordering systems directly with your school’s P&C if they manage these programs.
  • Share photos with parents: Save significant office admin staff time and share photos of students at the school more securely using Audiri’s GeoSnapshot Integration.
  • Integrated Newsletter: Audiri includes a template builder and publishing tool for your school newsletter within the console, so you don’t need to pay for an additional newsletter publishing tool.
  • RSVP capabilities for events: The Events module in Audiri includes RSVP capabilities, which supercharge your ability to deliver on-campus events.
  • Set up user groups, so messages are targeted and timely: Bus running late bringing the Grade 5s back from camp? Permission forms due back for that Preppie excursion? Make sure parents aren’t drowning in notifications and see the important stuff for their family, by activating our handy Groups functionality.

And here are new powerful features that are newly available with Audiri.

  • Parent Teacher Interview Scheduler: Streamline the interview booking process. Teachers and administrators can easily manage and schedule interview slots with accuracy and efficiency. Parents can book their preferred time through the app, making it easier than ever to schedule interviews at the touch of a button. It’s a win for teachers and a win for parents!
  • Direct and group messaging: Consolidate your school-to-parent communication by using in-app messaging, which eliminates the need for teachers to send traditional emails that may end up lost in the parent’s inboxes.
  • White Label App: Easily create your own branded app using Audiri’s white label functionality. Set yourself apart from other schools, improve interactions and downloads from the community, all without the complications, cost, and effort of producing your own branded app.


At Audiri, we’re committed to listening to the market and being at the forefront of innovation. We recognize that the education landscape is constantly changing, and we want to ensure that our app remains relevant and useful for our users. Overall, we believe that our rebranding is a reflection of our dedication to providing the best possible product for our users—and ultimately enabling you to be heard within your community. We’re excited to continue to innovate and improve, and we’re grateful for the support of our users along the way.


If you’re not already using Audiri, we invite you to contact our General Manager, Andrew Brodie, and see for yourself how it can benefit your school community.