Leavers wind up odd year

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Year 12s head out to the Entertainment Zone for a second night.
Camera IconYear 12s head out to the Entertainment Zone for a second night. Credit: The West Australian

They dodged the worst of the disruption to their final school year and miraculously this week WA’s class of 2020 were Australia’s only school leavers to celebrate at an official event.

While unsanctioned schoolies celebrations went ahead in NSW and Queensland, COVID-free WA was the only place in Australia where official festivities took place.

Bali, Rottnest and international destinations were off the table, causing a record-breaking number of new graduates to stream into the Capes.

With the biggest entertainment zone in the history of the event, bigger registration criteria, and bigger numbers in the area, 2020 was definitely a year of firsts.

Yesterday wrapped up the final night of festivities, with the new graduates set to head back as far as the Kimberley region this weekend.

The RAC has urged young drivers making the journey home to drive with caution after multiple crashes in the area were recorded in the last month.

Hillarys students Cooper Blackburn, 18, Zach Gerber, 17, Adriano Todoro, 17, and Alex Krajcar, 17.
Camera IconHillarys students Cooper Blackburn, 18, Zach Gerber, 17, Adriano Todoro, 17, and Alex Krajcar, 17. Credit: The West Australian
Sen. Sgt Manus Walsh with leavers.
Camera IconSen. Sgt Manus Walsh with leavers. Credit: Catherine Massey
The Leavers Entertainment Zone saw thousands party at DJ sets, silent discos and more on the first night of Leavers in Dunsborough.
Camera IconThe Leavers Entertainment Zone saw thousands party at DJ sets, silent discos and more on the first night of Leavers in Dunsborough. Credit: Kelsey Reid/Kelsey Reid 23/11/2020
Day three of Dunsborough's Leavers Week saw an expected 5000 take to Meelup Beach which was closed to the public for the event. Beach volleyball, blow up inflatables, beach games and shade tents were available as busloads of leavers arrived to enjoy the water and sunshine.
Camera IconDay three of Dunsborough's Leavers Week saw an expected 5000 take to Meelup Beach which was closed to the public for the event. Beach volleyball, blow up inflatables, beach games and shade tents were available as busloads of leavers arrived to enjoy the water and sunshine. Credit: Kelsey Reid 25/11/2020
Night two of Leavers in Dunsborough as Year 12's head out to the Leavers Entertainment Zone for a second night of partying. The theme tonight is athletes and mathletes.
Camera IconNight two of Leavers in Dunsborough as Year 12's head out to the Leavers Entertainment Zone for a second night of partying. The theme tonight is athletes and mathletes. Credit: The West Australian, Kelsey Reid 24/11/2020
The Leavers Entertainment Zone saw thousands party at DJ sets, silent discos and more on the first night of Leavers in Dunsborough.
Camera IconThe Leavers Entertainment Zone saw thousands party at DJ sets, silent discos and more on the first night of Leavers in Dunsborough. Credit: Kelsey Reid 23/11/2020
The Leavers Entertainment Zone saw thousands party at DJ sets, silent discos and more on the first night of Leavers in Dunsborough.
Camera IconThe Leavers Entertainment Zone saw thousands party at DJ sets, silent discos and more on the first night of Leavers in Dunsborough. Credit: Kelsey Reid 23/11/2020
Year 12s head out to the Entertainment Zone for a second night.
Camera IconYear 12s head out to the Entertainment Zone for a second night. Credit: The West Australian

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