Operation Newstart is a DEECD alternative settings program, facilitated each term by a teacher and youth worker who engage eight students in a selection of activities.
Students are involved in the program for 8 weeks, starting on the second week of a term. During this time the students attend a total of three camps and a wide range of activities. Students continue to attend their host school 2 days a week, and a strong emphasis is placed on reaching personal educational goals within the classroom on these days.
Upon completion of the program, a Graduation Ceremony is held to celebrate the student's efforts and achievements. Students receive a written report (to be included with their regular school report) and a range of certificates when graduating.
The following activities give an example of what students may do during the term:
-Bike restoration and donation
-Collingwood Children's Farm
-Community radio show
-First aid training
-High ropes course
-Surf life saving
-workshops on mental health, drug & alcohol information and sexual health
-TAFE Tasters (automotive, engineering, landscaping, hospitality and agriculture)
-Educational goal setting