Loreto Mandeville Hall

Empowering Parents for Even More Event Success

"The progression to online ticketing was welcomed across the entire school community. "We continue to receive much positive feedback about TryBooking. The school community quickly accepted it and it is now our expected method of booking for School events."

Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak in Melbourne's Inner East has found an innovative way to increase the number of school events without spending any more of time or resources on planning and implementation. They empowered their Parent Class Reps with access to TryBooking and now each class runs events as easily as any professional!

"This year we've seen an increased attendance at many Year Level events organized by Parent Representatives, began Kylie Lawtey, Community Relations Coordinator for Loreto Toorak, "This can be at least partially attributed to the ease and convenience of booking online - anytime, anywhere!"

Kylie herself manages a full events calendar that includes fundraising and community activities, luncheons, breakfast, concerts, cocktail parties and seminars. Other faculties and departments within the school run events such as Performing Arts Festival, Rowing Dinners, the Cox Plate Calcutta, Cocktail Parties, Year Level Formals... the list goes on and on.

To simplify their busy schedule, Loreto Toorak initially used TryBooking for their ticketed performances. They quickly realised, however, the potential and expanded TryBooking across all areas of school activities including alumnae events.

What was truly innovative though, was the access they created for Parent Representatives. Kylie explained "We find that having made this system available for Parent Representatives has encouraged them to organize more social events for their Year Levels. The ticketing and the financial side are now so simple."

The finance department has instant access to funds including immediate reconciliation reports and parents are able to socialise (and fundraise) more without adding to anyone's workload. Kylie continued, "Once TryBooking is setup, there is little more for me to do other than print off an occasional report to see how numbers are going.

I use the Export Data option all the time to obtain updates on numbers for my own events and for those I am managing for Parent Representatives. This makes it very easy to give feedback and provide updates.

"TryBooking has also eliminated the need for me to process individual payments on a daily basis. It's all taken care of automatically."

We have a dedicated page on our school website that lists all the events and provides a link to the TryBooking site for each event." [Note: you are automatically provided a unique link for each event you set up making it easy to link bookings to your website.]

"Our events page also provides a brief explanation about the benefits of using TryBooking. Parents know if they misplace an invitation they can simply check the school's website and respond immediately. It is incredibly helpful having all school events listed in one place and ready for bookings!"

Kylie Lawtey
Community Relations Coordinator
Loreto Manderville Hall

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