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5 Sections Every School Newsletter Should Have

Posted May 29, 2019

Schools cater to a large audience: students, parents, teachers, administrators, school staff, and even the neighbourhood immediately outside the school. To keep this large community on the same page and up to date with the events and activities of the school, its members should have access to a school newsletter. Ideally, the publication should have something relevant for every member of the community and must have sections that will pique the interest of a diverse group of people. This way, you can encourage everyone to pick up a copy of the newsletter every time it comes out.

If your school is trying to start a newsletter or starting to revitalise its existing one, it’s a smart move to look at the types of content typically found in other school newsletters. This will give you an idea of what news to include, how you can give a unique spin to your existing sections or columns, and how you can widen the scope of audience the newsletter caters to. The list below enumerates some of the most common types of content found on school newsletters:

  1.  Calendar of activities
    Every member of the school community should be aware of the activities that will be held in the campus and the areas surrounding it, and one of the best ways to announce these events in an easily understandable format is by putting them in an event calendar in the newsletter. The calendar of activities can include anything from exam days, science fairs, school excursions, up to public holidays. This way, everyone can be made aware of what’s going to take place in the near future, and they can plan their other activities accordingly.
  2. Recent event highlights
    In addition to highlighting future events in the form of an event calendar, look back on what the community has achieved by writing about the school’s recently concluded events. In addition to mentioning the 5Ws (what, when, where, who, and why) of news writing, give a short background of the event and what should be expected after it. Be sure to acknowledge the persons and groups who have made the event possible, too.
  3. Games and activities
    Including crossword puzzles, drawings, and other interactive activities can help boost the newsletter’s readership among the youngest members of the school community: your students. To make it more challenging, you can offer prices to students who are able to complete the puzzles correctly at the shortest amount of time.
  4. Academic, artistic, and sports news
    News about the school’s academic, artistic, and sports challenges and achievements can rally the entire community together. Both winnings and losses should be acknowledged by the entire community, as the school stood behind its representatives. Plus, it can also encourage others in the school to do their best to achieve their goals and excel in their individual endeavours.
  5. Tips to parents
    Your newsletter’s audience is not limited to those who spend much time in and around your school. Parents and guardians also like to pick up school publications to get a good look of what their children’s school environment is like. It would be a good idea to dedicate a column directly addressing parents and providing them with information that can help them reinforce the lessons taught in school. This section can include tips on how they can help students develop healthy study habits, become more eco-friendly at home, or even make healthy food choices.

When putting together a newsletter for your school, make sure to think about your audience and what type of content would be beneficial to them or relevant to their particular interests. This way, you’ll have a better idea of the type of content that merits inclusion in your official publication.


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