On Saturday 27 May from 11:45 until 16:00 in the Strathdon Community Hall, the annual luncheon took place where a 100 guests and residents sat down to enjoy a two course lunch catered by Chefs 2 U. There were musical performances by The Potted Palms orchestra and great raffle prizes to be won.
Uniting Agewell Strathdon is a residential aged care facility located in Forest Hill. They provide high, low and dementia care accommodation and they also feature over 40 independent living units on site.
With the “Rags to Riches” theme, the community hall was adorned in rich gold, black & white.
It was great for our project management team to gain the knowledge on organising an external event with a real client. Our team enjoyed planning and running the event and the feedback from the guests was most positive.
As part of our last semester of the Diploma of Events we got the opportunity to organise and run an event in consultation with a client. My group was given the William Angliss Careers Practitioners Day held on Wednesday 24th May 2017 to organise.
Our team was made up of 4 team members (Mariana, David, Suzuyo & Maletina). As a group we decided to call ourselves Lexicon Productions and I designed our team logo. Each team member was responsible for specific elements of the event.
Our client was Tessa & Alex, who work in the Marketing department of William Angliss. Our main contact was Tessa, who we met with on numerous occasions to pitch our ideas and confirm details in the lead up to the event. The event consisted of a conference held in the Angliss Conference Centre in the morning, follwed by a lunch in the Angliss Restaurant. The conference had a plenary session with an industry panel of guest speakers from across the hospitality, tourism and events industries. This was then followed by different workshops run by William Angliss Student Services and graduated students, who explained their experience in the industry and how they have become successful in their projects and fields.
The event had a total number of 102 attendees that registered to attend the event this year. As we group we had to organise the following elements for the event:
Design event theme. The client chose a geometric theme.
Book the conference centre
Set up the conference centre and style all tables
Create and put up signage throughout the campus
Meet & greet attendees upon arrival
Assist with creating the conference program
Book lunch venue
Consult with the Angliss Restaurant with regards to menu and beverage requirements
Brief hospitality students working as wait staff
Coordinate the service of food with the front of house team
Set up the restaurant including all styling elements for the lunch
Run the lunch service
Assist with running the raffle at the end of the lunch
Overall, this was a great experience planning this event over the last 4 months. As a team we learnt many valuable skills that will benefit us when working in the Events industry. Our client and guests gave us positive feedback on the event and congratulated us on the successful running of the event.
For one of our classes, the students were given the opportunity to organise and run an event. We did this in small groups of 4-5 people, and were required to name our group. Together, we decided to name our group “Illuminate Events”, and the event we were given to organise on behalf of William Angliss was a Spanish Themed Buffet, held on the 27th of May, 2017 in the Angliss Restaurant. Continue reading →
Last Tuesday, our Diploma of Event Management students had a site inspection of the Atlantic Group at Docklands. What an amazing function venue that is! We were taken on a guided tour of all the different event spaces which can cater for large scale weddings, corporate events or private party options.Continue reading →
On Friday the 5th of May my team and I, Moonlight Events had the opportunity to run our first ever event at Angliss Restaurant. Our function was a fundraising lunch for the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, which helped raise scholarship funds for less privilege students who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity.Continue reading →
Louisa Line from the Little Big Company and Nicci Webster from Frosted by Nicci came on campus to talk to the Advanced Diploma of Events students about their experience in the Events Industry.
Louisa, who has over 18 years experience in the events industry spoke to the students about her event styling business The Little Big Company. She addressed topics such as how to create an event pitch, social media marketing, networking, current trends within the industry and what key skills and attributes the industry requires. Louisa was very inspirational and really motivated the students. She also gave the students a mock brief and asked them all to create a pitch that she would evaluate and provide feedback on.
Her brief outlined the following:
– Cocktail party for 200 people
– ‘White cloud balloon’ themed event
– Source venue
– Touches of gold
– Candy cart
– Lots of florals
Students have to create a visual pitch as well as outline an overall budget including vendors/suppliers and total man hours.
Nicci Webster talked to the students about her experience working in the event industry as well as the challenges of starting your own business. Nicci also touched on topics such as customer service, determining your dollar worth and learning how to say no to events that don’t fit with your company brand. Nicci also brought in some amazing treats that she made for the students to enjoy! A gorgeous salted caramel cake and beautiful HOORAY cookies.
An amazing morning was had by all. Thank you to both Louisa and Nicci for taking the time to share their experiences with the students.
Students from the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Events gained some fantastic experience participating in the Study Melbourne – A stitch in Time, a Place of Mine event, as part of the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival. The event was held in the heritage deli halls of the Queen Victoria market.