The school formal doesn’t need to be a negative experience. In fact there are some really significant positives to be derived from this. Although the formal isn’t recognised by the government as an official part of the state curriculum, that doesn’t mean it should be … More detail on thisCONCLUSIONS
When I was in broadcast media, we had a weekly news cycle and a story that happened today was OK to sit on for a few days to get all the facts before announcing, unless it was absolutely life-changing. Nowadays we have a 24 hour … More detail on thisTHE MEDIA IS WATCHING
The “White Hat / Black Hat” phenomenon isn’t limited to venues and agencies. There are serious professional scam artists who have immersed themselves into this lucrative sector of the market. I’ve encountered some of the best in the business personally and I make it my … More detail on thisSHONKY OPERATORS They’re out there!
As with any phenomenon that evolves into a bona-fide industry, the moment there’s a set of problems to navigate, there will always be the emergence of specialists who offer solutions. Ten years ago we didn’t have smart-phones yet today … More detail on thisPROFESSIONAL FORMAL AGENCIES
There is a peripheral set of events that nowadays flank the formal-proper. The “Pres” and “Afters” are what I describe as “hanger-on” events that we can neither ignore nor dismiss. Like the formal, they’re here to stay and we can either embrace and steer them, … More detail on thisPRE-FORMAL DRINKS AND THE AFTER PARTY
As with anything largely unknown, human nature often compels us to fill in the blanks with myth and rumour. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones concerning formals. That The Department of Education or the Board of Studies prohibits schools from … More detail on thisDISPELLING SOME MYTHS
Because there is no duty of care at a formal (see previous blog post), and school staff members & parents have no greater power or responsibility than ordinary guests, this also means that they cannot take on normal directing roles, as they might at school … More detail on thisTEACHERS & PARENTS ARE NOT GUARDS
This is the section you should prepare to be challenged on everything you assumed. What You Probably Thought: If the school plans and books the formal into a popular venue, every student attending the event comes under the school’s duty of care. The school is … More detail on thisDUTY OF CARE What you thought you knew!
Students will come up aith all kinds of elements that they want to include in their formal package. This is great enthusiastic energy to be welcomed, however, you should be mindful that not everything will be possible or practical. Some things will cost too much, … More detail on thisSTAY ON TARGET
This section is critical. If you get this part wrong, the rest of your formal plans are irrelevant. The venue is the foundation slab upon which you build the rest of this event. If the venue is non-compliant, you’re building a house of cards. It … More detail on thisLicensing & Associated Responsibilities