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Preparing for Leavers

Leavers is an exciting time and an opportunity for graduating students to celebrate their hard work and completing Year 12. To make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience, here is some information to make sure you are fully prepared before you go.

Before you get there

  • Chat with your parents about your Leavers plans. Give them contact numbers for your friends and friends’ parents, and give them the name, address and contact details of your accommodation venue.
  • Book accommodation early and plan travel arrangements to get there and back safely.
  • Make an agreement with your parents about maintaining regular communication, even just a routine call or text each day.
  • Work out a budget, and include extra money for emergencies.
  • Make a pact with your buddies that you will stick together at Leavers’ and look out for one another.
  • Remember, learners and provisional drivers cannot drive with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.00. Don’t take the risk.
  • Familiarise yourself with the laws that relate to young people and alcohol, including supplying alcohol to someone who is under 18 years of age and drinking in a public place.
  • Think about what you want from your Leavers experience, and remember you can always say “no” to anything you don’t want to do.
  • Remember, all official WA Leavers activities are drug and alcohol free.

Head to the official WA Leavers’ website at leaverswa.com.au or information on specific Leavers destinations and activities. Download the free WA Leavers app for mobile via iTunes or GooglePlay for all the information on events, getting around, and tips to stay safe.

Packing list

  • Two forms of ID (e.g. drivers licence, transperth smartrider, school ID).
  • Money and something secure to carry it in.
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Beach towel.
  • Summer clothes and warm clothes.
  • Phone charger.
  • First aid essentials – first aid kit, bandaids, panadol and any other medications.
  • A torch and blanket.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Condoms.

Leave valuables at home – don’t take anything you wouldn’t feel comfortable not bringing home with you.

Once you’re there

  • Carry your photo ID, phone and wallet at all times.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts on you at all times, including friends, parents and local Police (131 444).
  • If applicable, wear your official WA Leavers’ wrist band at all times.
  • Know the house rules at your accommodation and look after the place you’re staying in.
  • Don’t accept rides with people you don’t know, and don’t get in a car with someone you suspect has been drinking or is under the influence of other drugs.
  • Take care of yourself – stay hydrated, eat regularly and aim to get your 8 hours of beauty sleep each night.
  • Remember your buddy system!
    • Don’t let your friends go off alone.
    • Organise a safe, public place to meet if you get separated.
    • If a friend says they are feeling, or appear to be unwell, seek help immediately.
  • Ambulances are free with your official WA Leavers wristband, and paramedics are there to help you.
  • Remember, alcohol and drugs impact your ability to make good choices.
  • Remember it is illegal to be in possession of illicit drugs, including cannabis and ecstasy.
  • Be considerate and respectful of the people, property and public places in the community you are visiting. Don’t leave a mess behind.
  • WA Police and the Leavers’ support services are there to help you celebrate safely. When you arrive, locate where they are so you know where to go and how to contact them if you need assistance.
  • For Police assistance, call 131 444. Save 000 for life threatening emergencies.

Looking after yourself and your mates                                    

Not using alcohol or other drugs is the safest choice for young people.

This is the best way to ensure your Leavers celebrations are a positive and memorable experience.

Evidence shows the more alcohol a person drinks, the greater the risk of harm to themselves and others. For information about the impacts on alcohol on teenagers, click here.

Drugs can also contain many unknown chemicals and have unexpected negative mental and physical health effects. To get the real facts and illicit drugs and more information about staying safe, visit drugaware.com.au.

If you or your friends decide to take drugs, here are some tips that can help reduce the risk of harm.

Decide on what you want from your night, and what you’re willing to do, and put some strategies in place, such as setting drink limits and staying hydrated, to make sure you lose control of your plan.

Alcohol

Drugs

Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after consuming alcohol.

Avoid using alone or in an isolated environment.

Don’t drink on an empty stomach – eat well before or while drinking.

If you take drugs, let your friends know so they can look out for you.

Limit yourself by setting yourself a drink limit and/or alternate alcoholic drinks with water.

Avoid mixing different illicit drugs. Mixing drugs is risky and the effects can be unpredictable.

Don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks as this can mask the effect of alcohol.

Avoid mixing drugs with alcohol as this can mask or hide the effects those substances have.

Don’t accept drinks from others, and don’t leave drinks unattended. This will reduce the risk of drink spiking.

Stay hydrated by drinking 500-600mL of water over each hour to avoid dehydration, especially if you are dancing or otherwise active.

Have a buddy system – have a pre-determined meeting area if you get separated and don’t let your friends go off alone.

Take regular breaks from dancing in a quiet space to chill out and cool down.

Carry condoms. Be prepared to practice safe sex, but remember that pressuring someone into sex is sexual assault and illegal. For more info on this topic, click here.

If you start to feel unwell (either physically or mentally), go to the first aid tent or call an ambulance on triple zero (000).

Don’t drive or swim if under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Let any support services know what drugs you have taken and how much so they can provide the best possible support.

 

If you seek medical help, Police will not be involved unless paramedics feel threatened or there is a death.

 

Page last updated: 1 September 2019 

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