The Geelong School Holiday Program gives children and young people with disabilities or additional needs the chance to enjoy a range of fun activities with their friends or make new friends during the school holidays.

You can choose from the following groups:

  • Juniors Stay & Play – This program held at Barwon Valley School, provides engaging and fun activities for school age children aged to approximately 12 years old. This program may be more suitable for those that prefer to stay indoors and for those with higher support needs. Children can choose to join in a range of fun activities at the Stay & Play program including playing musical instruments, singing, arts and craft, painting, play dough, drawing, puzzles games and lots more. They also have the opportunity to ride bikes and use the sports and play equipment outside.
  • Juniors Hop on the Bus – This program gives school age to approximately 12 years old the opportunity to head out into the community for an active day out. This program is more suitable for those children who can be supported in the community by a staff ratio of 1:2 or 1:4. Some of the places the children have visited with their friends include Melbourne Zoo, Otway Fly, Anglesa beach, a ferry ride to Sorrento, horse riding at Saddle On Riding School, Inflatable World and Donegal’s Farm.
  • Teens In & Active – This program held at Barwon Valley School, provides stimulating, engaging and fun activities for children 12-18 years. This program may be more suitable for those that prefer to stay in and for those with higher support needs. Children can choose to join in a range of fun activities with their friends including cooking, trying new food experiences, singing, arts and craft, painting, drawing, puzzles, movies, games and lots more. They also have the opportunity to ride bikes and use the sports and play equipment outside.
  • Teens Out & Active – This program for children aged 12-18 years, provides fun active days out in the community. This program is more suitable for those children who can be supported in the community by a staff ratio of 1:2 or 1:4. Some of the places the children have visited with their friends include Lorne, Torquay beach, the movies, bush walking,  Melbourne Play Central, Inflatable World and lots more.

Our Holiday Programs are staffed by an experienced and energetic team who work together to ensure everyone has fun with their friends, while meeting their individual needs.

Gateways volunteers provide an extra set of hands to help all participants have fun and be involved.

Who is eligible for the Geelong School Holiday Program?

The Geelong School Holiday Program is open to children and young people with a disability, who range in age from school age to 18 years.

To be eligible the child or young person must be able to be supported in a group based program  and have a current NDIA plan with the following support item:

  • Participate Community – group based community, social  & recreational activities OR
  • Have a Community Access Bundle

Where is it held?

Our Geelong School Holiday Program is based at Barwon Valley School, Reynolds Rd, Belmont. The Barwon Valley School offers the children a safe and secure environment and allows us to gradually introduce them to community participation as part of a group.

What is the cost?

You will need to pay an activity fee for each session attended.  This fee will be based on whatever the particular activity is for that day.If you have the following NDIA line item in your NDIA plan Gateways will claim the activity cost through NDIA:

  • 23 023 Participate Community – Community, Social & Recreational Activity Costs

How do l find out more?

Talk to our  Recreation Coordinator to find out more about our school holiday programs via Contact Us or by phoning 5221 2984 or download the Summer 2018 Junior School Holiday Program or the Summer 2018 Teenage School Holiday Program.