What a fascinating phenomenon the School Formal is.
This is where you can learn about the history of the culture of the School Formal, the way School Formals are conducted in modern times and how the evolution of the School Formal affects the way the events are planned and executed in Australia today.
It's worth taking a little time to browse the menu on the left. You'll be surprised at much of the information you find there.
News & Recent Events
After Party at Celebrity Broadcasters Home Goes Horribly Wrong.
A School Formal After Party in Sydney went pear-shaped the moment minors and alcohol were mixed. Sydney Radio 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley made the critical mistake of opening his home to students of his daughters graduating year without doing the research and taking sufficient steps to make the event legally compliant and properly controlled.
When minors arrived intoxicated and in possession of liquor, the party immediately became in illegal event and there were insufficient security measures in place to cope with the mayhem that inevitably ensued.
Vandalism, physical violence and the involvement of Police has now brought the possibility of assault charges, and potentially worse, upon Mr Hadley and his son, a serving Police Officer who both became allegedly involved in the violence. His home has also sustained significant damage, as has his public persona in the media.
This is further evidence, and extremely typical, of the dangers of after party events. With any minors in attendance, after party events that take place after midnight on licensed premises are illegal in NSW and if they take place in private homes, unless specific steps concerning security and minors with alcohol are taken, the home owners can be charged with "Secondary Supply of Alcohol to Minors" which carries criminal penalties under the Liquor Act and fines of up to $3,000.00 for every minor attending the event.
Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Daily Telegraph only opens its mouth to change feet.
A simple interview turned into a media fiasco in early July 2012 when Daily Telegraph “education editor” Katherine Danks called Prom Night Events requesting interviews for her story about the abolition of the Year 10 School Certificate.
During several interviews spanning several days, Ms Danks interviewed company Director Elliot Kleiner about the affects that the abolition of Year 10 departures might have on the number of Year 10 formals taking place.
During this time Ms Danks requested assistance from Prom Night Events. She wanted students and parents of Year 10 students who were conducting formals this year to also be subjects for interview in relation to the story. Being as accommodating as possible, Prom Night Events Operations Manager Helen Pinkerton dedicated many hours to contacting all of the (many) Year 10 formal committee representatives who had booked events this year to ask if any of them wished to participate in the story. None were interested.
The entire story came down to one simple question. “Has the abolition of the Year 10 Exams caused any downturn in the number of Year 10 Formals taking place?” The emphatic answer from Mr Kleiner? “No! In fact we have a record number of Year 10 Formal applicants this year, which is up 28% on 2011.”
Ms Danks then wrote and published the story stating that Mr Kleiner had said the precise opposite. It was the very worst kind of irresponsible journalism and was in fact an outright lie with the potential to cause significant damage to commerce.
When the story broke the following day, the talk radio media was all over it. Thankfully Radio 2UE Sydney also spent considerable airtime interviewing Mr Kleiner on the subject and afforded the subject some much needed truth and balance.
The Daily Telegraph’s Chief Editor, and Ms Danks, refused to respond to several messages left concerning their disgrace and have now been black-balled by Prom Night Events from all future stories and media participation concerning the industry.
No Justice for Scam Victims
Formal Scams - Beware!
Many schools are ripped off each year by clever scam artists selling fake formals and after-party events.