A New Digistorm Website For Cairns Hinterland Steiner SchoolMay 5, 2021
Cairns Hinterland Steiner School has been in operation for 20 years and counting! Situated in Far-North Queensland, nestled between some of the world's oldest tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, CHSS provides a beautiful, natural environment for its students. At its core, the school operates on four key values: child-responsive education, quality in teaching and learning, and community engagement.
After a realisation that CHSS's existing digital presence was missing, the school partnered with Digistorm to create a new website that captured the essence of CHSS and told its story. In this interview, we chat with Marcus McDonald, Business Manager at Cairns Hinterland Steiner School and a key player in the school's website project.
Did you have a strong sense of what you were looking for?
We knew what we wanted in terms of the story we were trying to tell with our website. We wanted to show our brand, profile our grounds, our curriculum, and our point of difference, but we didn’t really know how to get there and I think that’s where Digistorm enabled that.
What were some must-have features for the new website?
We wanted a seamless, professional look that would elevate our brand. We wanted strong imagery to showcase our school, but we also wanted to capture more enrolment opportunities. So Digistorm were able to advise us on some of the steps we could take to achieve this, through strong call to actions for example.
What were you trying to represent visually about your school?
The grounds, the grounds, the grounds! The grounds are magnificent, so if we can simulate a physical experience in a digital form, this will only help us to enhance our enrolment opportunities.
So, why Digistorm?
Digistorm gave us a very clear way to proceed with our vision for the website. It was the first step and when dealing with Digistorm there was an acknowledgement that we were pretty new at this, and it was very much a supportive, hand-holding experience, which we greatly appreciated. From the initial discussion right through to working with other teams, it was very customer-focused. Digistorm was very willing to suggest solutions that met our needs in a simple way.
What does your community think about the new website?
We’re actually getting a lot of feedback that our community is finding the website extremely appealing and that’s a huge competitive advantage for us!
What would you say to another school that’s thinking about a Digistorm Website?
I would recommend Digistorm to any school, I think they’ve got a real presence in the education market and that speaks volumes. It was just easy. For a non-technical person like myself, managing the website is not a problem. If you do run into trouble, training is always available.
Ready to learn more about Digistorm Websites? Get in touch with our friendly team today – we'd love to hear about your project plans! Alternatively, feel free to dip a toe by checking out some of the resources below from our blog:
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- Custom vs Themed: How to Choose the Right School Website Design