2008 YOUTH DRIVE SAFE inc Q.T. YOUTH DRIVE ALIVE PROGRAM funded by XSTRATA COAL.
CENTRAL HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOLS.
Collinsville, Glenden, Clermont, Capella, Emerald, Middlemount,S.H.S, Marist College, Aust.Ag.Coll. Emerald.
Co-ordinator, Graeme Ransley travelled to Rockhampton, Emerald, Moranbah initially in February to discuss YDA, meet presenters, discuss BRAKE program, which has some similarities.
Co-ordinator then travelled to schools to discuss timing and get Principals to allow time in curriculum for the program.
Majority of schools agreed best to run in term 2, when students are starting to drive.
Program was mainly for yr 11 due to licence changes, but the smaller schools incorporated yr 12’s.
Brochures outlining program were sent to schools for each student to take home to parents, also small and large posters for school and community notice boards.
As requested by Principal, co-ordinator travelled to Collinsville to brief parents, teachers, QPS, ATODS, QFRS.
Most schools gave good coverage to program in weekly news letters.
The Youth Drive Alive component commenced 16/04/08 and completed 7/08/08
Involved 32 presenters from Q.F.R.S , Q.P.S., Q.T., S.E.A.T, A.T.O.D.S., XSTRATA, R.A.C.Q. Some difficulties encountered as three regions involved with most Govt, depts..
Emerald Schools co-ordinated by Chris Bates Q.T. Emerald.
Most sessions,  were of 70 mins, except Q.T, QFRS, which were mostly double sessions.
A couple of sessions were cancelled at last moment due to emergencies, sickness, but due to distances involved, impossible to get other presenters to location at short notice, generally, co-ordinator only advised later, after session missed.
Staff changes/long leave at schools also created problems, as seldom was the co-ordinator advised of these.
Where session evaluations were given to students by presenters, feed back was very positive.
The Ripple Effect dvd was sent to each school, for distribution to each student, some schools showed R/E to Yr 11 and 12’s
It was quite noticeable, a large number of yr 12 students leave for employment, or are transferred during the year, for example, 14 yr 12 students left from one class at Middlemount. It would appear programs such as RAAP, should be aimed at yr 11, as class numbers at mining town schools appear to be down to half by 4th term for yr 12.
Planning began in June for the driving component, after investigation, RACQ Driver Education were engaged to supply a suitable program, with dual control cars, appropriate software for in class program, with very experienced staff.
Emerald SHS advised they had suitable driver trainers in the area, and did not have time for driving component, Marist did not come back with a definite decision, so it was decided to only run driving component in areas that do not have driving schools.
RACQ, commenced driving component at Glenden SHS ON 6/10/08, C/Ville 7/10/08, Clermont 8/10/08, Capella 9/10/08, M/mount 10/10/08.In the mornings, classroom sessions were conducted to half of class, while balance received practical instruction on ABS, Braking distances, Cabin drill, and practical driving.
All students received time behind the wheel where practical. Co-ordinator assisted as a driving instructor. Three cars, dual control. In afternoon swapped around, twice again, on road instruction given to L and P Platers.
There were up to four students in each car, on highway and suburban streets, this worked well, as even unlicenced students observed and skills learned.