Dubai's Desperate Housewife

Trials and traumas of a full-time mum in Dubai

The School Communicator

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Over the summer, my children’s school has decided that it’ll no longer communicate with us via emails but using this fabulous new “school communicator” tool that we can all download to our computers, tablets and mobile phones. Hurrah!

"No darling. No hot breakfast today. Mummy's relaxing with the School Communicator."

“No darling. No hot breakfast today. Mummy’s relaxing with the School Communicator.”

Indeed, it seems like a great idea. You download it, sign up for information from whatever “channels” are of interest to you (whichever year group, school trips or extra-curricular stuff is relevant) and then receive up-to-date information delivered to you on the spot. Brilliant.

 There’s just one catch, as far as I can tell: alerts – i.e. pieces of vital information such as “the school is closed today due to earthquakes / floods / falling masonry” will not be sent automatically. For “alerts”, you have to click on the “Alerts” button (forgive me if I’m wrong, but this is what I understand from the school’s letter to us) – so the onus is on the parents to do that each morning.

Indeed, as the Communicator blurb tells us, we should “get into the habit of switching on your PC before school in the morning (while making a nice cup of coffee for yourself” (and click on banner ads to “support our advertisers”).

Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?

Perhaps because that hour from getting up, bog-eyed at 6am to kicking the children out of the door at 7.10am, is spent making packed lunches, checking PE kits, filling water bottles, cooking breakfasts, coaching tired children through breakfasts, cleaning teeth, helping pack school bags, doing emergency homework, signing reading diaries – oh, and getting dressed myself.

Do you seriously think, at 6am with two knackered children to get out of the door, I’m going to sit at my desk, turn on my computer and enjoy browsing through The Communicator “with a relaxing cup of coffee”, while clicking on ads to support advertisers?

Seriously? What planet do these people live on? (One without small children to get to school by 7.30am, clearly).


Written by mrsdubai

August 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

7 Responses

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  1. Oh god we got the communicator last year in my sons’ school – waste of time and it´s not always up to date! To me, its technology for the sake of technology and it´s not exactly engaging…I much prefer a good “old fashioned” email 😉


    September 1, 2013 at 12:10 am

    • We shall see how it goes….. da-da-daaaah! (“jazz hands”, as DD would say!)


      September 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm

  2. Had to share this one… it was awesome.

    The Real Housewife

    September 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm

  3. Hisurely if the school send an email or if you have check the communicator, either way you have to look at your device, I think it is a great thing to have this app on my phone and all school stuff is in one place and not mixed up in my other emails 🙂 thanks for your fab blog !!! love it 🙂

    Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:34:09 +0000 To:


    September 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    • Thanks for reading! I see what you mean. But I never checked my emails at 6am. Somehow, though, they think we should check the SC at 6am. I’m sure we’ll get used to it! xox


      September 1, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  4. Dubai the world best holiday destination of present time is situated in Middle East. I very like there. Thanks for your share!


    September 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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