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Some school's just need to know that a student is being represented, some need to an idea of how many people are coming and others need to know exactly how many are attending as there are limited places.
Today we will show you 3 ways that you can use our service as an RSVP. There are many and varied ways to set up this style of event and your next event may be different to our examples, or you might have other requirements. Below are just some examples to get you thinking.
It is only being held on one night, there is only one session available.
Parents will only be required to enter their details. Our system knows that there is only one session available, so parents do not need to select anything. It knows that this is the only possible event/session these families could be booking for, so it does the booking for them as soon as they enter their details.
We will be holding this event in our school gym so we can seat as many people that would like to come, but we are interested in the name of the student/s they are considering enrolling, what school they currently attend, and why they have chosen our school, as a school of interest.
We understand this parent's frustration. When you are tying to find your child's History teacher, your natural instinct is to look for the subject "History". Many schools make use of acronyms like LOTE, TAS, IT, HSIE, CAPA etc and while these might be very familiar terms to most of us, it can be a little confusing for parents.
So what can you do to make it easier?
The first way would be to enter the subjects in their whole form, History, Business Studies, Economics, Society and Culture, Legal studies etc. This makes it very easy for parents to find the teacher they are looking for but it is a little extra work for the admin to enter these subjects.
The other alternative is to make use of the Booking Notes, found on the EVENT page, when you are setting up your next event.
Ticking the "Booking Notes" box, presents you with 3 text boxes. The STEP 2 box is information you can include on the screen for parents, on the page where they actually select their teachers.
By including a KEY in this text box, parents are quickly able to work out what these acronyms stand for, and are able to find the correct teacher in an easier fashion.
You would include something along the lines of:
LOTE - Japanese, French, German, Italian
TAS - Computer Science, Engineering, Web Building, Information Technology
HSIE - Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics, Extension History, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History and, Society and Culture
CAPA - Drama, Music, Photographic & Digital Media and Visual Arts.
So long as the subjects you list reflect your school curriculum, and what parents might see on their child's school report or timetable, it will be a much easier process for all.
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