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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     party guide

                                                                                                           Ah… Schoolies, that great Australian end-of-year
                                                                                                           tradition. It all began some thirty-odd years ago in Surfers
                                                                                                           Paradise on the Gold Coast, and you can find out more
                                                                                                           about it online at It can be a
                                                                                                           lot of fun, but it has its down sides too. Each year, around
                                                                                                           20,000 revellers from NSW descend on the Goldie for a
                                                                                                           piece of the action. Should you join them?                          Glass:
                                                                                                                                                                                      food + drink
                                                                                                                                                                                      A party without food or drink isn’t much of a party.
                                                                                                                                                                                      To keep the hordes satisfied, load ’em up with these
                                                                                                                                                                                      tasty morsels.

                                                                                                                                                                                        90 ml Martini glass (with wide rim)
                                                                                                                                                                               Mixers:  15ml lime juice
                                                                                                           the good                                                                     15ml lemon juice
                                                                                                           • There’s been major improvements in crowd control and                       60ml tonic water
                                                                                                           communication between police and party goers in recent years,       Method: Place in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain
                                                                                                           which makes it a much safer event.                                           and serve.
                                                                                                           •   You won’t get bored. There’s stacks of structured activities,   Garnish: Lemon twist or green olive on toothpick.
                                                                                                           from beach parties to toga parties to cruises, surfing and beach
                                                                                                           volleyball.                                                         mock champers
                                                                                                           •   The atmosphere is amazing. You’ll party with thousands of       Glass:    Champagne glass
                                                                                                           people your age from all over the country.                          Mixers:   2
                                                                                                                                                                                          /3 cup sugar
                                                                                                                                                                                          /3 cup water
                                                                                                           the bad                                                                       1 cup grapefruit juice
                                                                                                           • It’s a fair way to travel for a party, and that can be a real               ½ cup orange juice
                                                                                                           hassle.                                                                       3 tsp grenadine syrup
                                                                                                           • Fights sometimes break out, and you don’t want to be in the                 dash ginger ale
                                                                                                           middle of one.                                                      Method: Combine sugar and water in saucepan over
                                                                                                           •   You’ll find yourself in crowds of thousands of people, so look   low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil for
                                                                                                           for emergency help points in case trouble breaks out.               10 minutes. Add sugar syrup to grapefruit and orange
                                                                                                           •   It costs a lot.                                                 juice and chill. Add grenadine and ginger ale just before
                                                                                                           What’s the alternative?                                             punch
                                                                                                           You’ve earnt the right to party. But that doesn’t mean you          Glass:   Jug
                                                                                                           have to do anything at all. Plenty of people just want to relax     Mixers:  1 bottle lime juice
                                                                                                           at home after all the stress of the last year at school. Make                1 bottle lemon juice
                                                                                                           the most of being able to go to the beach or the shops, catch                1 litre of soda water or mineral water
                                                                                                           a movie or just veg out with friends.                                        1 bottle of pineapple juice
                                                                                                              If you want to take a trip but don’t want to face the crowds              1 bottle of orange juice
                                                                                                           at Schoolies, there are lots of destinations close by which                  1 bottle ginger ale
                                                                                                           may be more appealing. In NSW, try Bryon Bay, Coffs                 Method: Mix together in a big jug or large bowl over ice.
                                                                                                           Harbour or Port Macquarie—there’s lots of websites out              Garnish: Sliced lemons and oranges.
                                                                                                           there that will give you info on accommodation and stuff to
                                                                                                           do. Or gather some friends together and organise a road trip
                                                                                                           somewhere else (see page 38 for more info).
                                                                                                              If you want to hang out on the beach, stay in at night or          grub
 With school all wrapped up, you only need to
                                                           or a party that’s super-cool as well as safe,   just see some sights, go right ahead. For the $1000 or more
                                                                                                                                                                                 The key to good party food is keeping it simple
                                                           we’ve got everything covered, from food         Schoolies can cost you, you could easily get a package to an
  worry about one thing—having a blast! For                and drink suggestions through to how to         overseas destination such as Fiji or Vanuatu. Check with your         and non-salty. For snacks, chop up a few loaves
most school leavers it’s party time and whether    make sure your party doesn’t get crashed.               local travel agent to see what’s on offer.                            of Turkish bread and lay them on trays with lots
                                                      Of course, there’s more than one way to                  Over the next couple of pages we’ve got some hints and
        you’re throwing a big bash at home or      party, and if being a guest rather than a host is       tips for dealing with throwing your own party. In case you
                                                                                                                                                                                 of dips, cheese, carrots sticks and sun-dried
                                                                                                                                                                                 tomatoes. For the main fare, a BBQ with lots of
        heading out of town, get the right info    more your style, follow the fun and head out of         missed it, back on page 9 we’ve talked to a few people about
                                                                                                                                                                                 meats and salads is an easy option, or a spit roast
             here to have the time of your life.   town. Here’s a guide to help you make it out            what they did, which might inspire a few ideas of how you’re
                                                                                                                                                                                 is extra tasty. For desert, Pavlova always goes
                                                   alive, plus tips on where to go if you like your        going to spend the next few weeks. The bottom line is there’s
                                                   celebrations a little more sane.                        no one “right” way to celebrate ending school and moving on—          down a treat.
                                                      So read this, relax and let the good times roll!     so use this as a guide to find out what’ll be fun for you!

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party guide

     Don’t get busted                                                                                                                                                               Throwing a party
      It’s your party, and if anything goes    at your party, you can ask them to                                                           picking
      wrong, you’re going to be held
      responsible. So you’ve got to know
                                               leave, ask them to get rid of the
                                               drugs, or call the cops.                      BEST PICK-UP LINES                             up                                      Hosting a party? A bit of pre-planning goes a long way:

      who’s coming and what they’re               It’s the misuse of alcohol and             Ok, so they’re cheesy, but they’re
      likely to bring. If you suspect it’s     drugs at some parties that often              pretty funny and can break the ice.            Picking up at parties happens
      drugs, you need to tell people           causes problems. In terms of                  Here’s some of the best chat-up lines

                                                                                                                                            all the time, but what happens if        ❑   Remember to line up some             ❑ Food—what are you going to
      outright that it’s not on. This sounds   personal boundaries, decide                   you’ll hear:
                                                                                                                                                                                       good music, or a DJ.                   eat, and who’s bringing it along?
      hard-core, but you’re responsible.       before a party what you’re going                                                             you hook up and decide to take it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can cut down on price and
          If people do start doing drugs       to do and set your limits.                                                                   further? If alcohol is involved, it’s      ❑ Think about the venue—either         preparation time if you organise

     Drink spiking                                                                           I lost my phone number. Can I have
                                                                                                                                            probably not the best idea because         your house or think about hiring a
                                                                                                                                                                                       venue if you can afford it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for everyone to bring a plate of
      Drink spiking can happen to              • If someone offers you a drink,                                                             it encourages risky behaviour
                                                                                             If I follow you, will you keep me?
      anyone. It can happen anywhere           go with them to the bar or the                                                               like unsafe sex, plus you risk the
                                                                                             If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put                                                ❑ If you provide alcohol, make         ❑ Have a budget, and whatever
      including parties, homes, pubs,          place where the alcohol is being
                                                                                             U and I together.                              whole party knowing about every            sure you have plenty of food and       happens, don’t break it.
      clubs and even on a date. Drink          served. Make sure you can watch
                                                                                                                                                                                       non-alcoholic drinks available
      spiking is illegal. Offenders can        the drink being poured or opened.             Do your legs hurt from running through         intimate detail.
                                                                                             my dreams all night?
                                                                                                                                                                                       (some guests may be under 18).         ❑ Noise complaints are the most
      be fined and jailed.                      • Look out for each other. Many                                                                Try and use your gut instincts—                                                 common reason police are called
          Drink spiking is where alcohol       people become more trusting as                Do you believe in love at first sight, or
                                                                                                                                            can you trust this person? Will            ❑ Having a theme gives a               to parties—find out any local
      or other drugs are added to              the night goes on.                            do you need me to walk around the                                                         party instant energy. To ensure        council limits on noise and time,
      a person’s drink (alcoholic or           • If you are unsure about your                room again?                                    they take no for an answer? Of
                                                                                                                                                                                       everyone gets involved, stipulate      and either invite the neighbours or
      not) without their knowledge             drink don’t drink it.                                                                        course, your gut instincts aren’t
                                                                                             You must be a parking ticket ’cause                                                       on the invite that no themed dress     warn them.
      or consent. Alcohol is the most          • Tell the host of the party or bar
                                                                                             you have ‘fine’ written all over you.           always right, so if you go home            equals no entry. For the hottest
      likely drug to be used in drink          staff if you see spiking happening.
                                                                                             Can I have directions? (To where?) To          with someone introduce them to
                                                                                                                                                                                       dress themes and party looks,          ❑ Make sure you have a safe,
      spiking and is the drug most often       • Let your friends know you are
                                                                                             your heart!                                                                               check out             lockable place to store valuables.
      associated with sexual assault.          leaving.                                                                                     your friends first, and make sure
      Other drugs such as tranquilisers,       • If you see a friend leaving with
                                                                                                                                            you’re going to a safe place—              ❑ Have a plan for security, to         ❑ Have some games—music
      ‘special K’, amphetamine and             someone new, see if they are OK.
                                                                                                                                                                                       deter any uninvited guests. Drunks     is essential, but also think about
                                                                                           ALWAYS CARRY ID
      GHB may also be used. Many               • If you feel drowsy or suddenly                                                             don’t go anywhere you’re not
                                                                                                                                                                                       and gatecrashers can ruin your         karaoke and old school party
      of these drugs have no colour,           ‘out of it’, don’t wait and hope                                                             comfortable. And always, always            night quickly, so figure out how to     games like limbo and musical
      taste or smell. Playing a prank on       it’ll pass. Have someone you                Chances are you will be asked for ID
                                                                                                                                            use protection.                            deal with them beforehand.             chairs. Retro but cool!
      someone by adding alcohol or             trust take you to a safe place.             when buying alcohol or entering a
      other drugs to their drink to get        You may become unconscious,                 bar or pub, so make sure you have a
      them drunk is drink spiking and is       unable to defend yourself or
                                                                                           current driver’s licence, Proof of Age                                                    DID YOU KNOW?
      illegal. To help safeguard yourself,
      here’s some tips:
                                               not remember what happened.
                                               You may be robbed or sexually
                                                                                           Card, NSW Photo Card or passport.              GATECRASHERS                               It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to minors (people under the
      • Never accept drinks from               assaulted. If you suspect your              Using fake ID is a dumb idea—if you            We’ve all heard the horror                 age of 18). So, if you are having a party and there are people under the
      strangers or leave drinks                drink has been spiked or you have           get caught, it can land you a fine of over      stories about uninvited                    age of 18 drinking at your place you could be up for a hefty fine. Also, if
                                                                                                                                          guests turning up at a party               you are going to a party and taking your own alcohol make sure you’re not
      unattended when you go to the            been assaulted, go to a doctor or           $1000 and a trip to the police station.
      dance floor, the toilet, or become        hospital emergency department                                                              and all hell breaking loose.               supplying for anyone under 18. If some of your friends are 17 it’s illegal for
      involved in a conversation.              immediately or call 000.                                                                   To minimise gatecrashing,                  you to buy or supply them alcohol. Find more at

                                                                                                                                          do the following:

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