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St George’s Anglican Grammar School

St George’s Anglican Grammar School is a co-educational secondary school based in the Perth CBD. The School is a proud member of the Anglican Schools Commission system of schooling in Western Australia.

St George’s Anglican Grammar School Case Study

The ability to have all systems work cohesively is a major advantage and was a key factor in the schools decision to adopt Box of Books.

Victoria Kelleher
Head of Curriculum

We spoke with Victoria Kelleher, head of curriculum, about her experience with Box of Books since joining the school earlier this year.

Victoria first heard of Box of Books when she started her position at the school in January, stating “if I didn’t know it was the school’s first year with Box of Books I would have thought it had always been there.” She went on to explain that it ran so smoothly that it felt as though this had always been the way the school provisioned text.

If I didn’t know it was the school’s first year with Box of Books I would have thought it had always been there.

Victoria Kelleher
Head of Curriculum

Victoria shared with us St George’s digital strategy and their vision “The school has a 21st century approach to learning, where technology plays an integral role in everything that we do.” The school has a focus on ensuring all digital content is managed via their LMS, Seqta, and all staff are encouraged to populate Box of Books content directly within the LMS. Victoria further explained that the school also uses MyEd online, a learning platform, to assign homework digitally and share feedback in real time with students. “The ability to have all systems work cohesively is a major advantage and was a key factor in the schools decision to adopt Box of Books.

“Direct access to support for students is key when considering new supplier relationships; a company that has considered this in their development and has a way for students to enquire directly with the support team is very important. St George’s is a small school, so if students can get a quick response directly this makes a big difference to teaching staff and IT support staff”

The Box of Books in-app support has been really good, students can just ask and get support during class time without going to the teacher or IT team.

Victoria Kelleher
Head of Curriculum

“The Box of Books in-app support has been really good, students can just ask and get support during class time without going to the teacher or IT team. Students can get their issues sorted quickly ensuring less disruption to the class”

When it comes to communicating new technology in a tech savvy school Victoria explained “it comes down to ease of use; having all technologies in one place makes life so much easier - having a platform that is easy for parents to see what’s happening and for the kids to easily access texts with direct access to support”

Overall parent feedback on the Box of Books shop was very positive. Teachers were also very happy with the process of ordering texts and being able to fix orders if made incorrectly.

Victoria Kelleher
Head of Curriculum

Engagement with the school community is also very important to St George’s Anglican Grammar School, so the parent ordering system needed to be easy. “Overall parent feedback on the Box of Books shop was very positive. Teachers were also very happy with the process of ordering texts and being able to fix orders if made incorrectly.”

Other schools considering Box of Books, Victoria says “should rest assured that the team at Box of Books are very hands-on throughout the whole process and that the in-app support function is a great time saver for students, the IT department and teachers.” She also suggests that they consider the pros and cons of school purchase versus parent purchase model, that a school purchase model could alleviate financial pressure on families in December and that all communication with families be done early, clearly explaining their options ie that they can purchase physical books as well as digital if they want to.