Finish Grade 12 safely, and enjoy ‘Schoolies’

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In November, thousands of school leavers from across the country will descend upon the famous, but sometimes infamous, Cavill Ave glitter strip to celebrate Schoolies – and while many teenagers party responsibly, it’s easy to forget common sense when you’re swept up in the week’s festivities.

Whether it’s yourself or your child who has finished Grade 12, it’s important to take a look at these safety tips to ensure the week runs smoothly and without friendship breakups, injuries or arrests.

Avoid a hangover

A hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you’ve had too much to drink.

If you have a headache, nausea or vomiting after drinking, it’s likely you pushed yourself too far the night before. Don’t feel the need to ‘keep up’ with friends – drink at your own pace and what is reasonable for your body. A good way to slow down your drinking is to have a glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage.

Stick with your friends

Whether you’re going to the beach party or just hanging out in the hotel, it’s important to stay close with your buddies. If you are going somewhere without them, make sure you let someone know where you’ll be – and take a fully charged phone out with you.

Be visitor wise

It might seem like a great idea to host a party in your room, but inviting strangers into your space could result in noise complaints, room damage, injury or sexual assault. Why not meet up with new friends at the beach party instead, or during the day at Cavill Ave?

Watch your drinks

Never leave drinks alone or accept a drink from a stranger. Unfortunately, not everybody has good intentions during Schoolies. Keep an eye on your drinks at all times, and never accept a drink from a stranger – regardless of whether it’s sealed or not.

You need to eat!

Eating is not cheating. A week of staying up late and partying will wreak havoc on your body if you’re not refuelling it with food. Be sure to bring plenty of snacks, and do some meal prep to stick in the fridge or freezer when you’re feeling lazy.

Be safe in the sun and water

If you’re spending your days by the pool or the beach, you still need to keep up your fluids, wear plenty of sun protective clothing and sunscreen and stay between the yellow and red flags. Never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Give your friends some space

Don’t spend so much time with your friends that you come back hating each other. A week can feel like a very long time if you’re in each other’s pockets 24/7 – make sure you spend your time with a variety of different people and to keep your cool if conflict arises.

Don’t give in to peer pressure

If your friends are pressuring you to experiment in things you’re not comfortable with, walk away. Don’t ruin your festivities by making a dangerous decision.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you or your friends need help, don’t be afraid to reach out to the police, ambulance or Red Frogs service.

Remember, if you are in an emergency situation, you and your friends will not get into trouble for being under the influence of drugs or alcohol – your safety comes first.