ISQ Parent Webinar – Schoolies Celebrations
Session for parents and staff of Year 10,11 & 12 students
Parents play an important role in preparing their teens for end-of-year celebrations. If your teenager is planning to partake in Schoolies, it’s important to talk to your teen about their plans. This webinar will draw together three groups integrally involved in the safe running of Schoolies celebrations each year across Australia and internationally:
* 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 Australia – 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 for the practicalities of booking accommodation etc. 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 service 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 plus additional security arrangements.
Please note – PARENTS do NOT need to register – they just turn up at the following link at the advertised time – https://zoom.us/j/107557266
Parents will NOT be required to speak or be seen on video. They will however be encouraged to interact and ask questions through a text chat tool.
First time zoom “Webinar” users should view:
When: Thursday, 1 November 2018 8:30- 9:30PM Time (ACT, NSW, Victoria)
Target Audience: Parents and staff of Yr 10, 11 & 12
Channel: Special Event