Plan ahead for Schoolies Festival

For 21 years, Encounter Youth and our Green Team volunteers have supported thousands and thousands of young people in their end-of-year celebrations in Victor Harbor.

While Schoolies Festival™ 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to help you and your mates to celebrate the end of your schooling, whatever this looks like for you!

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Green Team Support Line:
Friday-Monday 8:00am – 3:00pm

18 November 2020

In response to today’s announcement made by South Australia Police regarding the upcoming restrictions and the 6-day pause for South Australia, we want to be clear that any travel plans made for schoolies this weekend cannot proceed.

Our thoughts are with the Class of 2020 who have had to endure so much change already this year and will not be able to celebrate with their fellow Year 12s.

Despite the disappointment, we congratulate you on finishing Year 12 and for powering through what has been a very tough school year for you.

We encourage you to join us as we all play our part in keeping ourselves, our families and our friends safe by staying at home.

We look forward to seeing how your resilience, adaptability and strength transforms our community on the other side of our State’s pause.

Nigel Knowles,

CEO Encounter Youth

Due to the cancellation of Schoolies Festival 2020™, Encounter Youth will be offering a full refund to ticket holders.


Since 1999 Encounter Youth, a not-for-profit charitable organisation, has been managing Schoolies Festival at Victor Harbor, South Australia. Schoolies Festival is part of an extensive Operation that we coordinate to enable young people to celebrate safely, while minimising the impact on the local Victor Harbor community. This year, due to COVID-19, Schoolies Festival™ has been cancelled.

Over 500 Encounter Youth Green Team Volunteers are actively involved throughout the operation. The Green Team volunteers come from Christian communities across South Australia. They are committed to making the Year 12’s Schoolies experience as fun and safe as possible.

Let us know how your young people are celebrating schoolies in 2020 by emailing us at

Information for Parents

Preparation tips before your young person leaves for Schoolies 2020

  1. Check out our website so you and your young person are informed about where to go, what they can do and the support services in place if they need to seek help.
  2. Before talking with your young person consider preparing what topics you would like to discuss and how you would like to approach each area. If there is more than one parent it is always important to have a unified front on every topic.
  3. Have the discussion with your young person. Encourage your young person with the positive decisions they have already made about planning for the event. Remember, the majority of Year 12 students who celebrate Schoolies make great choices, have a great time and get home safely!

Some questions to consider asking yourself as a parent:

“What contact would I like to have with my young person over the weekend?”

  • Consider organising a routine time and communication method with your young person over the weekend.
  • If you are unable to make contact, try not to panic. Remember phone coverage can be poor in regional areas.
  • Consider having the phone numbers of your young person’s friends as an option to use if you can’t get in contact with your young person. You may also think about obtaining the phone numbers of the friend’s parents to contact them in a time of need.
  • Social media may also be another great communication tool.

“How am I going to effectively provide safety advice to my young person?”

  • Remember your communication style is important. Encourage your young person to tell you what they have already planned, rather than assuming what they have not planned.
  • Try and avoid statements like ‘Don’t do anything stupid’, ‘Why don’t you…?’ and ‘Do you realise…?’

“How am I going to assist my young person to develop a backup plan if the need arises?”

  • The most important thing is to reassure your young person that you can be contacted no matter what the situation. You may want to discuss another person that they could contact e.g. a family friend or sibling.
  • Ensure they know the name and address of their accommodation.

Interested in finding out more? Check out our main Schoolies Festival page for a full overview.

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