We’re Bringing Panels of Experts to Schools
We work closely with secondary schools to produce parent information events. These panels bring together experts, teachers and parents to discuss the crucial issues covered in our guides.
In 2015, we worked with Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School to stage a successful Drugs 101 night attended by more than 100 parents. Strathcona principal Marise McConaghy was joined by Victoria Police Youth Resource Officer Greg Garrison, Berry Street’s Claire Gardner, Turning Point’s Fiona Blee, Austin Hospital psychiatrist Dr Hanna Cheng, Monash University psychologist Maria Yap and City of Boroondara Local Government Officer Shaun O’Brien.
The experts discussed drugs from their perspective, explaining what young people were using and how they obtained it. Parents were able to ask questions about their own personal situation or the big picture.
These events are open, honest and invaluable. They arm school staff and parents with information and ideas to start important conversations with teenagers. We’ve also held panel evenings at other schools including Firbank Girls Grammar, McKinnon Secondary College and Mentone Girls’ Secondary College with over 400 parents in attendance at some events.
If you’d like more information about holding one of our panel evenings at your school please contact us here.