School Leaver Celebrations in Victoria?


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2018 School Leaver Celebration Dates

24th of November to 1st of December, 2018

Why Register?

Everyone who is attending school leaver celebrations in Lorne, Torquay, Rye and Phillip Island are expected to register.

By registering, you are assisting the Good Times Great Breaks Officials to best support you during your celebrations and you’ll be informed of all the great free services available to you during the week.

About

The Victorian State Government, Surf Coast, Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast Shire Council page for all things School Leavers, or “Schoolies”, in Victoria.

The Good Times Great Breaks approach aims to enhance the safety of school leavers participating in end-of-school celebrations and the communities where they gather. Thousands of young people attend end of school celebrations in Victoria each year, the managing Shire Councils in partnership with YSAS, DanceWize and Red Frogs are committed to making the experience as fun and safe as possible.

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GTGB Officials

We’re here to help

All Good Times Great Breaks officials will be wearing ID with our GTGB logo clearly shown


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Youth Workers are trained professionals who specialise in youth alcohol and other drug issues and youth mental health. They are first-aid trained and highly experienced in street-based youth outreach. Youth Workers work in pairs and provide assertive street-based outreach for young people participating in school leavers’ celebrations at Torquay and Lorne each night from the 26th November – 2nd December.

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DanceWize is a program of Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV). DanceWize utilities a peer education model to reduce drug and alcohol-related harm. Like YSAS they will provide first aid and specialist support to school leavers at Rye and Phillip Island!

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Red Frogs aim to safeguard a generation by providing a relationship based engagement program. Red Frogs identify young peoples’ needs and to facilitate referrals to appropriate services. Red Frogs also provides a number of free services such as bus rides, walk homes, pancake cook ups, water and general pastoral care.

Call the 24/7 Red Frogs hotline on 1300 557 123.

 

All Good Times Great Breaks officials will be clearly identifiable, wearing a uniform that displays the GTGB logo and ID. All GTGB officials have received training, hold a Working With Children Check and have signed the GTGB Code of Conduct. Any compliments or complaints about the conduct of and service provided by GTGB officials can be directed to the Managing Shire Council – contact details for the Shires are located on the ‘Contact us’ tab above.

 

The locations


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Lorne

The picturesque resort town of Lorne is one of Victoria’s most popular beach tourist destinations where you can simply choose to chill out with a BBQ by the beach and take in the amazing surroundings.

Lorne offers trendy cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, ancient rainforests, waterfalls and other amazing natural wonders along with a whole host of activities.

Celebrating on the Surf Coast is all about relaxing and having a great break from the stresses of VCE! Why not learn to surf at Australia’s home of surfing? There are lots of great adventure activities waiting for you.


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Torquay

Torquay is the surfing capital of Australia and home to a rich beach culture with friendly locals, white sand beaches and famous surf locations such as Jan Juc & Bells Beach. Offering plenty of cafes, restaurants and relaxing spots to hang out with your friends, there will never be a dull moment. Take a day trip to Great Ocean Road or visit the Torquay pub for some live entertainment.

Surf at Bells Beach like a Pro, snorkel around Point Danger marine sanctuary or shop for a bargain at Surf Shop Plaza where you will find plenty of clothing outlets stocking major surf brands like Rip Curl and Quiksilver.


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Rye

Looking for a no-fuss destination? Rye may just be the perfect spot. This small coastal town is a breath of fresh air and is situated on the popular Mornington Peninsula offering a unique experience for you and your closest friends!

Step away from the crowd and rediscover the sun-kissed days and rolling surf that Rye is famous for. Your after-dark endeavours will see you hopping between local bars and restaurants.

Rye offers plenty of scenic walking tracks, dunes, pockets of sandy beaches and other amazing natural wonders being a part of a declared UNESCO biosphere reserve with marine national parks on their doorstep.


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Phillip Island

Phillip Island is surrounded by white sandy beaches, sparkling blue waters and unspoiled national park. Phillip Island offers a unique Oceanside experience where you can chill out and spend your week in coastal bliss.

Jump on a bike and hit the pavement to explore the island at your own pace. Visit the islands seaside villages that offer an array of shopping, alfresco dining and cafes along with protected bays where you can bake in the sun, sand and surf!

Helpful Services

There is a heap of people and services that can help during and after GTGB. Here are a few:


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Info for parents

The School Leaver Safety response, Good Times Great Breaks (GTGB) includes several youth services, police and security guards and aims at providing a safer ‘schoolies’ experience for young people attending locations in Victoria. GTGB is delivered during what is known as “Week 2”, which is from 24 November until 1 December 2018. Young people attending outside these times will not have access to the GTGB safety response.​We encourage young people to only attended ‘schoolies’ celebrations during the GTGB period.

The managing councils do not promote participation in ‘Schoolies parties’ but seek to enhance the safety and responsible behaviour of school-leavers at Good Times Great Breaks locations and to minimise disruption to local communities. As part of the Good Times Great Breaks Initiative, a range of safety and support services will be provided at Lorne, Torquay, Rye and Phillip Island.

Police, emergency services, security, Red Frog volunteers and other Good Times Great Breaks officials will maintain a visible presence, providing young people with medical assistance, general support and advice.

Safety initiatives include wristbands or photo ID for identification, street patrols, walk-home services, ‘schoolies-only’ areas, free water and medical assistance. The Red Frogs Australia Chaplaincy Network also provides support to ‘schoolies’ in some accommodation venues.

Good Times Great Breaks officials play a vital role in helping to keep school leavers safe. All volunteers have a Working With Children Check, agree to a code of conduct and receive training.

​Here are some tips and advice for preparing your children for ‘Schoolies’.

  • Start the conversation about ‘Schoolies’ early
  • Set reasonable expectations for your teenager
  • Talk to your children about alcohol and drugs
  • Encourage them to register with ‘Good Times Great Breaks’ – the State and Local Government Initiative.

Providing alcohol to underage children where there is no responsible supervision is not only dangerous, it is illegal. Penalties are high. If you get caught providing alcohol to your underage child for consumption in an unsupervised environment and you will face penalties of up to $10,000.

Tips for young people

Before
Prior to heading out for the night

  • Partying on an empty stomach is always unwise, you will be more susceptible to the damages of whatever substances you put into your body, the risks associated with exhaustion and you may generally feel unwell. So always have a healthy meal when you are planning to have a long day or night of partying. Your body will thank you later.
  • Speaking of exhaustion – ensure you have a regular sleeping pattern before partying as this will mean that your body is well-rested and prepared.
  • Always, always, always stay hydrated… but not too hydrated.
  • GTGB is a long time, so always plan to have enough food, water, money and anything else you will need for this time.

During
While you are out and about celebrating

  • Try to choose one close ‘party buddy’ that you trust. This means that you can look out for each other, and keep each other safe. Never leave the party without your party buddy!
  • Having a party buddy means that one of you can seek help if the other is in trouble or danger. Keeping safe is the most important thing.
  • If you are going to engage in sexual activities ensure you use adequate protection
  • If you feel uncomfortable or do not fully consent then say ‘no’ and seek out somewhere/someone safe. Don’t feel pressured into doing things that you don’t want to do.

After
Rest & Recovery

  • A good meal, more water, and a rest will help reset your body back to its baseline.
  • Take a few nights off, stay in with friends – you want to remember this trip!
  • If you don’t feel comfortable about anything that happened then talk to someone, like a friend or adult.

Contact us

Managing Shire Councils

Good Times Great breaks is a partnership between the State Government of Victoria and the three Shire Councils involved in the safer school leaver initiative Good Times Great Breaks.


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Surf Coast Shire Council
1 Merrijig Drive
Torquay, VIC
03 5261 0806
​www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au


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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
1 Nepean Plaza
Rosebud, VIC
​03 5986 3585
www.mornpen.vic.gov.au


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Bass Coast Shire Council
76 McBride Ave,
Wonthaggi VIC
1300 226 278
www.basscoast.vic.gov.au