Schoolies Week Survival Guide
by former Schoolies for this year's graduate class
can contribute content for the Schoolies Week Festival Survival Guide after your
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- A lot of people who
go on Schoolies are faced with new opportunities and new decisions. It might be
about drinking, sex stuff, drug stuff or violence.
- Working out where you stand on these issues and what's right for you is important
and is best done before you go.
- Making a big decision when you're already pissed or drug effected won't allow
the real you to decide.
no secret that Schoolies Week means tens of thousands of teenagers in the one
place for a couple of weeks - every leach in the country knows this.
are heaps of older people either wanting sex from you, wanting to beat the croutons
out of you, wanting you to join their religion or wanting you to buy something.
fight in a crowd is like a magnet, it draws everyone in to watch, then it turns
into a cyclone and spills all over the place.
are about ten times more likely to get king hit at Schoolies Gold Coast than any
- In a crowd, be
careful of glass bottles flying through the air, and if you're thinking of throwing
one we will let you in on a little secret
not only the cops but the entire
crowd will turn on you - its suicidal.
- The most
dangerous nights at Gold Coast Schoolies are the first Saturday and the Friday
and Saturday at the end of the first week.
is a target of violence?
You, for no reason whatsoever
People who are too drunk
Big guys are an attractive challenge
A group of guys
who are easy to agitate when drunk
Anyone who will take the bait instead of walking off
Do a Risk Assessment
Schoolies you are going to be busy keeping an eye on all the gorgeous babes or
hunks. You may find yourself in a crowd of thousands of people.
Doing a risk assessment is similar but you're looking for something different
obviously! This just means looking around, thinking about where you are and weighing
up the risks.
this Schoolies Survival Guide will give you a good picture of what to look out
for during the festival.
Schoolies Gold Coast as with many destinations like the Sunshine Coast, Victor
Harbor, Bryon Bay and the Whitsundays will have support services which are emergency
help points. They are a good meeting place or home base to return to.
Other help points include Police, members of the general public, private residences
- As you
start your night, look around and work out where you can go for help in case things
Plans fall through, lifts fall through, friends and lovers have fights and none
of this is easy to foresee at the beginning of the night.
$20 in your pocket and a phone card is a good idea. That's a phone call to whoever
you need and a cab ride somewhere safe.
Check the house rules, if you break the rules you can get kicked out half way
through Schoolies Week and or lose your bond.
Authority figures such as hotel building security and Schoolies accommodation
staff are not necessarily trustworthy or have your best interest in mind - leaving
valuables or intoxicated friends in their care deserves a second thought.
- In some clubs and pubs, bar staff spike your drink as they pour it! No matter
where you got the drink or what measures you take to keep it from being spiked
you are in the line of fire.
is only one true way to safeguard yourself and that is party with friends who
will keep a close eye on you. This won't stop your drink being spiked but it can
stop you falling into your attacker's hands.
- During Schoolies Week,
the good majority of sexual assaults will be perpetrated without even having to
go to all the trouble of spiking drinks.
there are plenty of girls who have simply drunk too much or used drugs with alcohol
and made themselves easy targets.
spiking was widespread in past years at Gold
Coast Schoolies Week.
- Lots of people
got drugged with water. The attackers got the water from the Recharge Stations
- went down onto the beach, added the drugs - and then offered the cups of water
around on the beach.
- Reported and unreported rape happens
a lot during Schoolies, it happens to guys too. Most of the reported assaults
occured in the sand dunes.
- Making out in a room with someone you only half know is the most dangerous place.
Second is the beach. Third is the drunken walk home.
- No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.
out for other people especially your friends and get them to look out for you.
If your friend gets too drunk or stoned and you leave her somewhere she is really
vulnerable to sexual assault, there will be predators watching for her.
- During the Schoolies
Week Festival there will be a few people working the beach every day,
stealing people's stuff while they are swimming.
you go swimming when you are off your head or pissed, you will probably drown
(they say about 30% of adult drawings are alcohol related).
is broken glass at the Schoolies Festival, needles as well - so keep your shoes
on and be careful where you sit.
part of the state government's plan to issue heaps of on the spot fines at the
Gold Coast Schoolies Week Festival.
- Fines vary
and range up to a couple of thousand dollars.
- They are
very strict in Cavil Mall - heaps of Police.
- If someone passes
out from drinking too much or too quickly their system can be in real trouble,
people can and have died this way. Calling an Ambulance could save their life
- If you spew
it means your body can't cope with the amount of alcohol you have in your gut
and needs to get it out before serious damage is caused. So if you feel like you
need to spew, it's a good idea to get it out of your system.
- If you can't remember part of the night before it means you have drunk enough
to cause brain damage.
- There are a number
of people who don't usually use drugs but for some reason they decide to on Schoolies
Week (usually when they are already pissed).
- Their main regret was not being true to themselves or opening themselves up to
danger because they didn't realize how disorientated they would get.
Ambos treat overdoses differently depending on what drug you have used. If you
tell your friends what you are using, they will be able to look out for you and
if you drop they can tell the Ambos what you took.
you are drinking and suddenly feel really out of it - but in a way you have never
felt before while drinking (you will feel really sick) - you have probably had
your drink spiked. Get help ASAP, you need to go to hospital!
- There have been
occasions at past Schoolies Week Festivals when TV crews have actually handed
out $50 notes to people to stage a fight so they have some footage for the news
and dirt to throw at Schoolies Week.
- TV cameras bring out the moron in some people so be aware that wherever the cameras
are in the Schoolies crowd is a danger zone.
something happens during Schoolies that you want to go to the media about - it's
a really good idea to get advice from your parents or someone who can safeguard
your interests. You, or your parents can contact
www.schoolies.org.au for confidential advice and support if required.
often, problems can be solved more productively if the media isn't involved.
issues however, need to be exposed as other people at Schoolies Week are at risk
Avoiding having your stomach pumped
- The phrase most commonly heard by
Ambos at Schoolies Week: "S/he was skulling spirits out of the bottle..."
- Once you're drunk you're
drunk. You can't make the good feeling even better by drinking more (everyone
has fallen for this one).
- Eat food and drink water before and during a drinking session.
- Keep an eye out for your friends.
will put themselves in harms way to protect people during the Schoolies Festival.
They will be under a lot of pressure and under a lot of stress, so you might want
to give them a break by being cooperative.
- Listen to what they say, be calm and polite and explain your situation. You don't
have to answer questions other than to give them your name and address.
you need to make a complaint about Police you will need their name and Police
- There is often a lot of respect for
Police from people on Schoolies as we get to see first hand that they are there
to protect us.
- Do you have private or public health
cover, what does it include? What about your friends? Do you have Ambulance cover?
- Bring your Medicare card
to Schoolies Week.
Friends and Lovers
- Everyone is in a totally
new environment during Schoolies, so people start acting differently. Friends
fight a lot during Schoolies for this very reason. They do frustrating things
and at times lack consideration.
- Relationship breakups are commonplace during Schoolies Week no matter how you
feel about them now.
- Deciding on what your group's house rules are before you get there will avoid
any unwelcome shocks like friends using drugs in their room or bring strangers
into the apartment.
where another group of friends are staying at Schoolies allows for some time-out
with a different crowd if you need it.
- As far as we know, there is no sexual health service giving out free condoms at
Schoolies Week = Vegetation
- If you're after nonstop
action and excitement at Schoolies, sorry it just doesn't happen. Believe it or
not - no matter where you go for Schoolies, at some point you are going to get
- There is no schedule,
no deadlines, no exams, no parents
so when you reach the point of boredom
it's awesome! Enjoy it!
- You earned the right to party but you also earned the right to sleep in and sit
in front of the TV and do absolutely nothing. So chill out, take it easy and enjoy
- Parentals just want to
know that you are safe and are enjoying yourself.
- If they have given permission for you to go to the Schoolies Festival you're lucky,
a lot of parents won't.
something does go wrong, parents or a favorite uncle or aunt can be great people
to call on for support, remember to bring the phone numbers.
- You will probably get a lot less stress from the olds if you just call them every second day and let them know you are fine.
- Everyone is talking about the
formal and the Schoolies Week Festival. A lot has to happen before you get there,
so remember your other goals and keep your eye on the task at hand.
pressure you are under now is something most people don't understand. Believe
it or not life actually gets a bit easier after school; well maybe it's more that
the pressures change.
- The worst thing in the whole world is if you feel like you don't have anyone to
turn to or that no-one understands.
- It's up to you if you decide to shoulder the weight of your pressures by yourself
or if you want support getting through this time.
As former Schoolies, we care about people going on Schoolies Week and want this
Survival Guide to be the bomb. If you have positive feedback or ways to improve
kind of feedback please don't forget the people
going to Schoolies next year, please email your contribution to the editor: dominic [.] mapstone [@] gmail [.] com
* The Schoolies Survival
Guide was written by former Schoolies and is updated each year, passing valuable insights from one graduate class to the next.