Year 12 students Shannon Panzram and Tara Leslie learnt some important lessons on the day.
Year 12 students Shannon Panzram and Tara Leslie learnt some important lessons on the day.

Vital lesson for graduating Lockyer District High students

LOCKYER District High School's graduating class took the opportunity, before they left school for the final time, to learn about life after school.

The Year 12 class gathered at the Gatton RSL last Wednesday to learn about risks associated with partying, driving and alcohol.

They got the chance to drive a buggy while wearing "beer goggles" to understand how serious drink driving is.

Year 12 co-ordinator Adrian McDonald said students needed to understand the consequences of drink driving.

Gatton officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham was on hand to give the students some advice and expose them to life after school, including information on making good choices, drink driving and illicit substance abuse.

Year 12 student Harrison Parchert said he learnt some new things during the morning.

"I learnt the prices of fines, things you could get fined for and, (when) driving under the influence, my vision and balance was quite off," he said.

Year 12 student Hayden Jaenke said he learnt about the serious side of partying, what could happen if you drank and drove and about having alcohol in public places.

Later that afternoon the seniors were also given a talk from Paul O'Brien, of the Paraplegic Benefit Fund.

Paul is a paraplegic and was there to use his own experience to tell the students about spinal cord injuries.

"I tell them about the events leading up to an injury and how they are going afterwards," he said.

"We just need to try and reduce incidents. It can happen to anyone, any time."

He said 50% of spinal injuries happened because of motor vehicle accidents.

"It is good to tell them before they finish school, make them double think."


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