Every year, something like 94% of Yr 12 graduates await the week long party celebrating the end of their schooling era. Some kids went overseas, on a cruise but many more either stayed or went to a schoolies venue – Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Airlie Beach or Bali. So, Schoolies weather forecast: hot and mostly sunny with a chance of peaking introverts, schoolies specials practically everywhere, and an influx at the nearest Dominos or McDonald’s of both those sober and not.
Up until this year (senior year yo), I had no intention in involving myself in the temporary artificial party aesthetic. I wasn’t sheltered but I imagined heaps of drugs, violent/sexual confrontations and a mass of sweaty and loud teenagers unaware of sense and sensibility. And when the news only portrayed Schoolies as a massive party where teenagers go wild and get arrested, I didn’t want to be part of the statistics. However, I went in 4/7 days and I’m so glad I did. I celebrated the end of 12 years of schooling at Schoolies with the best people and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Most school leavers don’t need a reason to go but if you’re not convinced, here are the best 4:
1. Beach parties are the funnest! From 7pm-12am, Surfers has a massive rager in the schoolies hub on the beach – 2 stages are set up on opposite sides and play some sick beats. But if that’s not really your scene, there’re always the club parties and hangs in apartments.
2. It really is a great way to celebrate with your friends. It doesn’t matter whether you stay in for the whole week or just go in a couple days. Whether you’re drinking and/or doing other things in your apartment, swimming in your pool or at the beach, shopping or eating out (who doesn’t like $3 gelato or sorbet on a hot day?), spending the week celebrating you and your squad is always a good time.
3. There are heaps of people there to ensure your safety and well being – Red Frogs: operating at schoolies for 14 years, armed with Allen’s Red Frogs, these volunteers patrol the streets specialising in walks home, cooking free pancakes, and delivering mounts of red chewy sugary goodness, Schoolies Support Volunteers who are a friendly face and will help you with basically everything, Rosie’s providing the hydration station on the beach, and of course the police, who ensure our safety. The Queensland Yr 12s were given an A+ report, with a decrease in arrests by 60% since last year and no fatalities.
4. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity – that’s if you’re not a lame toolie or a vip (very impatient person aka Yr 10 or 11) – careful E, I’ve got my eyes on you. It’s not the time to #YOLO, honey no, but Schoolies only comes around once and if you keep your head screwed on, you’ll be able to have a really great time. I know some people that don’t remember much but know it was one of the best weeks of their lives.
Then again, schoolies isn’t for everyone but it is something you should consider. It’s all about experience so go ahead and live it up but you’re in charge of yourself so you do you, stick to your values, know your boundaries and don’t make decisions you’ll regret. So, how did you or how will you celebrate the end of high school?
With love and light, Monique ❤