Not all heroes wear capes! Sentral takes their development heroes for a night at the movies with Avengers: EndGame

In what was the busiest period yet for Sentral, finding a balance between work and everyday life can be a challenge for some.

At Sentral, we like to recognise and reward our employees throughout the year which provides a sense of recognition and empowerment in their day-to-day activities whilst also promoting a healthy work-life balance all year round.

This time, to celebrate the highly anticipated Avengers: EndGame movie release, Sentral rewarded the development team for an evening at Hoyts Chatswood to relax with colleagues and bond over the biggest box office hype at the moment.

To capture the mood and excitement of the event, we asked fellow employees about what it meant to work at Sentral:

Will who is a mobile developer at Sentral really enjoys working with his colleagues. He is enthusiastic about the work he does and believes “management is lovely and really encourages a health work-life balance.”

Ewan who is a test analyst at Sentral believes his colleagues are great to work with but also fun to hang out with. During busy periods, Ewan believes “the camaraderie and playful banter really helps us maintain positivity and celebrate our successes.”

Sentral encourages other businesses to pursue similar initiatives to celebrate success and recognise the efforts made by teams in achieving business outcomes. Happier employees translate into greater employee satisfaction and better results!

Global Payments Acquires Sentral, a Leading Provider of Cloud-Based School Administration Software Solutions in Australia

MEDIA RELEASE
March 4, 2019
Global Payments Acquires Sentral, a Leading Provider of Cloud-Based School Administration Software Solutions in Australia
BRISBANE – Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sentral Education in Australia, further expanding its educational market capabilities.
The cloud-based school management platform streamlines school administration, student management and data management. The acquisition will accelerate product enhancement and development for schools using Sentral’s school management platform and aligns well with Global Payments technology-enabled, software driven payments strategy.
“We are excited to be a part of the Global Payments team,” said Greg Coffey, General Manager of Sentral Education. “It will be business as usual for our clients. Sentral’s core values, vision and customer centric approach continue to be at the heart of our future operations and strategy. Sentral is dedicated to providing market-leading school management software and we look forward to introducing additional innovation and further enhancing our platform.”
“We are delighted to welcome Sentral Education to Global Payments,” said Mark Healy, Managing Director of Global Payments Australia and New Zealand. “Sentral was founded and run by a group of truly passionate individuals who are dedicated to making schools better. Software integration is at the core of our businesses and Sentral will benefit from the global expertise we have not just in payments, but in school management solutions. The acquisition aligns perfectly with our strategy of providing market leading software and great user experiences in technology solutions and payments.”
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For media enquiries or interview requests with Global Payments or Sentral  please contact:
Brenton Gibbs
M: 0419 828440
Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions delivering innovative services to our customers globally. Our technologies, services and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of solutions that allow our customers to accept all payment types and operate their businesses more efficiently across a variety of distribution channels in many markets around the world.

Teachers call for reduction in administration according to survey

91% of teachers in NSW reported administrative demands were a major hindrance to their core job according to a University of Sydney survey conducted in July 2018.

Around 18,000 primary and secondary public school teachers in NSW were involved in the Understanding work in schools: The foundation for teaching and learning survey and asked to rank the frequency of activities in schools across planning and preparing lessons, reporting to parents and playground duties.

Teachers believed data collection requirements such as administration, paperwork, data and reporting were delaying constantly move them away from their key focus – providing quality lessons to their students.

Sentral is a solution that helps teachers move away from the hassle of daily reporting, paperwork and administration. Sentral provides tools to make student assessment and reporting a breeze throughout their education lifecycle so teachers are able to spend their time on what matters most.

Here’s how most of Sentral users are evaluating student learning and differentiating their teaching to address students’ needs more:

Using target teaching methods

Sentral allows teachers to insert data and compile comprehensive insights to individualise student performance and tailor requirements for those performing or underperforming.

Save time

Did you know you can save time on collecting, managing and reporting by creating teacher friendly workflows? Spend time on what matters most with automatic templates to insert data.

Communicate better in and out of the school

Improve your communication frequency and quality with Sentral by sending reminders using the Parent Portal to notify parents of homework and assessment tasks and direct message parents about achievements or concerns – that way you can always remember what you said and track progress!

Analyse your class results and plan accordingly

Analyse class results and identify whether you need to amend classroom activities at the right classroom level. You can also easily analyse student, class or cohort performance to measure against internal standards.

For more details on how Sentral can help your school, visit www.sentral.com.au

Sentral Education founders nominated as Technology Entreprenuers by The Pearcy Foundation

Sentral Education founders Geoff Byers and Peta Byers nominated as Technology Entreprenuers by The Pearcy Foundation.

The Pearcey Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in 1998 in memory of a great Australian ICT pioneer Dr Trevor Pearcey who pioneered the first digital computer in Australia, believed to be the fourth operational stored program electronic computer ever constructed.

CSIRAC was built between 1947-1949 and is the oldest surviving computer of its type in the world and currently is on display in Melbourne Museum. The Foundation operates broadly across the Australian Information Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, celebrating achievements through national and state awards and being involved in debate and public policy on critical national issues.

Peta and Geoff Byers were nominated (as one of nine companies) as Technology Entrepreneurs recognising “taking a risk”, “making a difference” and “being an inspiration”.

Sentral and Armitage Associates join forces

Sentral has brought on a strategic investment partner in Armitage Associates to continue to support and drive ongoing growth.
There will be no change to Sentral’s business operations as a result of Armitage’s investment. Sentral’s founding Directors continue to be responsible for day-to-day operations and remain shareholders of the business alongside Armitage. Ian Basser, Managing Director of Figaro Partners, has joined Sentral as chairman as part of the transaction.
Sentral CEO Geoff Byers said “We are excited to have the financial backing of Armitage to continue to expand our business. We are seeing significant demand within all education sectors for Sentral’s school administration software as education in Australia rapidly embraces the move to cloud based solutions. Our corporate advisors, Right Click Capital, advised us throughout the transaction and have brokered a partnership with Armitage that will allow us to invest in additional business resources to continue to support the growth of the company.
Mark De Ambrosis, Managing Director of Armitage Associates, said “This is a fantastic example of the Armitage model – partnering with leading operators in a growing education market to provide capital and support for ongoing growth”.

Armitage history and investment strategy:

Armitage Associates is a growth equity firm established with the support of the Melbourne-based Schwartz family. Armitage’s investments focus on providing capital and management support to small and medium sized businesses in Australia.
Armitage looks to partner with management to assist in growing their company providing equity capital for growth. Armitage is fortunate to have long-term patient capital and adopts a long-term investment approach.

About Sentral:

Sentral is a proven web-based software solution that seamlessly manages school administration, student data and so much more. Our tailor-made solutions help administration staff, teachers and school leaders save valuable time to focus on improving school and student outcomes. 100% Australian owned and operated,  Sentral is the trusted solution of choice in over 1,900 schools across Australia.

Contact:

Yusuf Pingar
Marketing Manager
M: 0429 546721
yusuf.pingar@sentral.com.au