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Schoolies webinar: Everything parents need to know

The end of Year 12 is a euphoric time for students. Learn how to support your child to celebrate the end of school safely in this free parent webinar.

If your son or daughter is planning to take part in Schoolies celebrations, it’s important that you talk to your teen about their plans and learn what services and groups are available on the ground during Schoolies Week to support young people.

This 1 November webinar will bring together three groups that play different support roles in the safe running of Schoolies celebrations each year.

Safer Schoolies Initiative (QLD Government) – is a whole-of-government response to the Schoolies holiday season across Queensland. The Queensland Government does not promote Schoolies, rather works in partnership with local council and community groups to provide diversionary activities, support services and safety initiatives to help young people stay safe during end-of-school celebrations and minimise potential impacts of these gatherings on local communities. There are two key Schoolies locations across Queensland – Airlie Beach and the Gold Coast. Each location provides services to support school-leavers, including street patrols, walk-home services, Schoolies-only areas, free water and medical assistance.

Red Frog Group – in 1997,  Red Frogs Australia founder Andy Gourley hit Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast with his skateboarding mates and realised the need for a designated sober person. Over the next 20 years, Red Frogs grew to be the largest harm-prevention program in Australia for both Schoolies and universities. In situations such as Schoolies/Leavers Week, excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances means that things can often get out of hand and potentially alter the direction of a young person’s future. The Red Frog crew act as the eyes and ears in accommodation venues and out on the streets, providing a positive peer presence to school leavers. Each year over 1500 Red Frog volunteers provide direct relief, safety and support to young people during Schoolies Week across 17 locations nationally and internationally.

Schoolies.com – Matt Lloyd (Managing Director) will outline tips and advice regarding the practicalities of booking accommodation for Schoolies venues across the country. Schoolies.com is in its 30th year of operation with over 580,000 students having used their services in that time. They offer centralised, online (or telephone) booking services for over 140 properties in all popular Schoolies destinations nationally (QLD, NSW,VIC, WA) and internationally (Bali, Fiji). Packages offered to students include photo ID passes, 24-hour helpline for students/parents/property managers and additional security arrangements.

Webinar Details

When: Thursday 1 November,  7.30pm Brisbane time or 8.30pm ACT, NSW, Victorian time.

Where:  Go to this LINK at the advertised time.  Parents do not need to register.

This webinar is hosted by the ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network.

 

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