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Your Child And Leavers

Leavers, or Schoolies, has become a part of the Year 12 social calendar. It is an exciting time for teenagers as they celebrate completing their schooling, and moving into a new phase of their life.

Leavers, or Schoolies, has become a stable part of the Year 12 social calendar.
Leavers, or Schoolies, has become a stable part of the Year 12 social calendar.

Leavers is a term used to describe the celebratory period of three to five days that follows the end of Year 12 exams in Western Australia (WA). Referred to as Schoolies in other states, Leavers has become a growing trend in WA over the past decade. For many young people, Leavers represents a significant transition from high school to adulthood. 1

While you may be happy for your child to celebrate the end of their school years, it’s understandable that you may be feeling anxious about their safety and wellbeing during this time. Whilst Leavers can be an exciting time for teenagers it can also put them into situations they may not have been in before. The combination of being away from home without parental supervision, often for the first time, being with their friends and interacting with people they do not know, may result in your child finding themselves in a situation which is beyond their control. In particular, there is a good chance at Leavers celebrations that your child will find themselves in an environment where alcohol is being consumed.

You can prepare yourself by becoming informed about:

  • The long-term effects of alcohol use on young people.
  • The immediate effects of alcohol use on the body and short-term risks of alcohol use.
  • The laws related to alcohol and young people.
  • How to support your child during Leavers.
  • Talking to your child about what to expect at Leavers.
  • Visit the official Leavers WA website for information and tips around events, safety, accommodation and what to expect.
 
References

1 Munro G. Schoolies: advice for parents. GrogWatch [Internet]. 2012, 02/09/2013 [cited 2013 02/09/2013]; (85). Available from: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b091f64ebed780d91b194fb1b&id=2990437a9d&e=fb874e0778.