The app is similar to other communication apps such as Whatsapp/iMessage etc with an added pin security feature. All contacts with parental responsibility can set up an account. Groupcall Xpressions can also be activated on multiple devices to receive communication i.e. iPads, tablets etc.
To download the app you should select the appropriate app store on your mobile telephone/device; this is usually App Store for Apple or Google Play for android. Xpressions works using your email address and mobile number; the same ones you supplied to the school. You will use these to sign into Xpressions.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SUPPLIED THE SCHOOL WITH A CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS AND MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER OR YOU BELIEVE THESE MAY REQUIRE UPDATING, YOU CAN ADD THIS INFORMATION BELOW SO WE CAN ENABLE AND APPROVE YOUR ACCESS.
Further help can be found at: http://parents.groupcall.com/
Parents and carers can also use the Xpressions application to send messages to report absence, request appointments or for other general communication with the school.
On the main page of your app, click on your child’s initials on the top bar. From the option menu that appears, click ‘Send message to school’. There are four categories of message;
• Absence• Late• Request a meeting• General
If a reply to an Xpression message is requested a reply button will appear for your convenience.
Important messages can be flagged by parents to allow for ease of access or to set as a task reminder.
If you already have Groupcall Xpressions and are experiencing problems accessing the app please sign out and sign back in to reset.
IF YOU CANNOT GET ACCESS TO THE APP:Upon completing the personal update form below please allow 72 hours for your details to be updated at school before you try to access Xpressions.
IF YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THE APP:CONGRATULATIONS - THE ANNUAL DATA CHECK WILL FOLLOW ON MONDAY 13TH MAY FOR YOU TO FINALISE YOUR COMPETITION ENTRY.
The competition will close Friday 31st May 2019 and drawn Tuesday 4th June.
TO ENTER PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM WITH YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS BELOW THEN FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED VIA XPRESSIONS W/C 13TH MAY.
Google Forms allows the school to send out permission forms for trips and is easy and simple for parents to use. A link will be sent via an Xpression message or email which will enable the parent to click and complete the form and submit without the need to return paper forms to the school. We can also conduct surveys, organise event signups and request parental feedback through this communication format.
Groupcall Forms is coming soon! Our trial will start with a full data check of parent/carer information held on file however going forward we are looking to send out Pupil Progress Reports (School Reports), trip permissions and other forms you would normally receive in paper format.
Please contact the office should you require any further support in setting up or troubleshooting Groupcall Xpressions or see http://parents.groupcall.com/faqs/
Please direct any communication queries to StMacharAcademy@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Aberdeen City Council collects the information about you in this form in order to process your data for parent/carer activities within an education setting. We will keep this information for a period of five years from the maximum school leaving age of your child, as required to by The Pupils' Educational Records (Scotland) regulations 2003, unless we have a legal responsibility to keep the information for a longer period of time. The Council may share this information within the Integrated Children and Families Service. The Council does not use an automated process for making decisions about you or the services you may receive from us.
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You may also contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer by email DataProtectionOfficer@aberdeencity.gov.uk or in writing at: The Data Protection Officer, Legal and Democratic Services, Level 1 South, Marischal College Aberdeen, AB10 1AU.
More information about all of the rights you have is available on our website at: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/your-data.
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