WARM clothing and food supplies were the topics of conversation at Cape Naturaliste College on Thursday.
Although this might sound like preparation for a trek, Cape Naturaliste College’s first class of Year 12 students were learning about the reality of Leavers Week.
Guest speakers from the City of Busselton, police, fire brigade, ambulance, Red Frog and Waratah spoke to Year 12 students who may be hitting the Leavers Zone in Dunsborough this November.
It wasn’t all scare tactics though as the students learnt about the entertainment that will feature in The Zone and the Meelup Beach Day which was a raging success last year.
Tanya Gillett from the City of Busselton spoke to the students about having fun, but keeping themselves and their friends safe in the process.
“The Zone is going to be great fun and a big set up, but be prepared, if you try to live off two-minute noodles for the whole time you’ll get sick, and you won’t have fun, get some sleep and remember that it will be freezing at night when you’re partying so take your leavers jumper.
“At the leavers zone DJ Cornflake from the Red Frog Crew will be in one tent, bands will be playing in another, there’ll be sideshow rides and games and a big silent disco.
“Once leavers have paid for their wristbands to enter The Zone, everything is free except food.
“The Zone will also have a big medical tent where if you’re not feeling too well, or have a friend who’s not, you can drop them off and the volunteers or the ‘Green Team’ will look after them.
“Buses will be running from The Zone until every leaver has left, so nobody has to drive.
“We want the leavers to have a great time, it’s a great event and we want everyone to stay safe.
“Remember the five Rs, respect yourself, respect your friends, respect other leavers, respect the community and ring your folks – trust me, they’ll be worried about you if they don’t hear from you the whole time.
“And don’t try anything new in the four days, you want it to be the best time ever, not the worst time.”
Senior Constable Stephanie Smith from South West Crime Prevention encouraged the students to register any parties they have.
“The zone has got heaps of cool things going on inside, so come to the Leavers Zone and party where you know it is safe.”
“If you are somewhere else and something gets out of hand please call police or one of the other support agencies for help.”
“We try not to be the party police, but we do have to enforce the law.”
Leavers can log on to leaverswa.com.au or the Official Leavers WA Facebook page.
Details will be released over the next couple of months about leavers’ wristbands, events and theme nights at The Zone.