We would be amiss if we didn’t address the topic that’s most likely going through most of your minds in these late months of the year – Schoolies. If you’re planning to take part in the event as a Schoolie (or a Toolie!), there are some things you should know beforehand in order to make the most out of your celebrations. We’ve gathered a list of tips from some of the national schoolies websites in Australia to give you a bit of a head-start! Don’t worry, we’ll try and keep it short – we know you don’t like to read ;).
- WHO will you go with?
- It’s always best to travel with people you know and trust!
- A larger group can bring down costs per person
- WHAT will you do?
- How long are you planning to stay?
- Is everyone in your group over 18? Are there things to do for those who aren’t?
- WHEN will you go?
- Time your schoolies trip so you don’t miss any extra requirements for tertiary course entry. Lots of universities and TAFEs set interviews, auditions or entrance tests around this time of year.
- WHERE will you stay?
- Schoolies accommodation gets booked out fast so get onto this as soon as you can!
- Hotels, motels, resorts, units/house, caravans, and campsites are all options
- HOW will you get there?
- Public transport, driving? Plan your route ahead of time.
- Prepare a budget so you’ll know how much you can afford to spend on accommodation and save enough money for other things like food, transport and having fun.
- Know your rights and responsibilities when renting accommodation, especially with things like bonds, repairs and cancellations. Ask to see and read the ‘house rules’ before signing anything.
- Keep your cash and other valuables in a safe place. If you choose to leave the door open, keep an eye on who is coming and going.
- Be a good tenant. Leave your room, apartment or campsite in the state you found it. Report any breakages or damage and be prepared to pay reasonable compensation to the owner, if necessary.
- Remember you don’t have to drink alcohol to have fun!
- Know the liquor laws in the state where you’re holidaying.
- If you’re over 18 years old, organise a driver’s licence, passport or proof of age card.
- Avoid drinking in rounds and know your limits.
- If you’re drinking, stay with people you know and trust.
- DO NOT drink and drive.
- If you think your drink has been spiked, tell a friend, bar or security staff, or the police.
- If you think you’ve been sexually assaulted, tell a friend or family member, and go to a doctor or hospital.
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers.
- Don’t drink something you did not open, or see opened or poured.
- If you’re unsure about your drink, leave it.
- Remember no drug use is safe.
- If you take drugs, tell someone else what you are taking in case you become sick or unconscious.
Disputes and Violence:
- Stay cool when trying to resolve a dispute, whether with a bar staff, security staff or whoever. Being polite and courteous goes a long way to getting your problem solved.
- Organise a ‘safe place’ where you and your friends can meet up if you feel threatened.
- If a fight breaks out then move out of the area as quick as you can.
- If someone’s threatening you or has assaulted you in any way, call the police on 000 immediately.
- Travel in groups and always look out for each other. Don’t go out alone and stick to well-lit streets.
- Report any assault, no matter how minor, to the police.
- Accept the fact that conflicts and disputes will inevitably arise when you are living closely with friends and sharing your space. Often a bit of ‘time out’ will help clear the air when there’s been a disagreement.
You can read these and many other great tips on the Youth Central Website for Schoolies. There are also some great resources and advice available through the following sites:
We know it’s a lot to take in, but if it helps you or someone you know avoid an unfriendly situation then it’s worth every second spent. We hope you enjoy your schoolies week – it will be one of the most exciting weeks of your life! Keep safe, be responsible, and have FUN!