Schoolies on best behaviour
FOR these 2009 school leavers, Schoolies is all about sun, surf and shopping.
Forget the crazy drunken antics of some that flock to the Gold Coast – this week more than 500 year 12 graduates will be on their best behaviour on the Capricorn Coast.
And it’s so far so good according to Schoolies organiser police Sergeant Greg Jones.
Yesterday he said the schoolies were on their best behaviour for the first night, with not one incident as a result of Schoolies celebrations.
After officially registering for their Schoolies identification tags, a group of Glenmore State High School graduates cooled down in the sparkling blue surf yesterday morning.
KatieSue McCabe said she planned on spending the week swimming, walking, shopping and playing Sing Star at their beach house.
Trinette Stevens, who graduated from Yeppoon State High School, said for her the week was about “bludging” before getting stuck into the workforce and university studies.
Trinette and her friends had originally planned to spend Schoolies in New South Wales but their plans fell through.
However, they’re glad now, as organisers have planned a fun-filled week of activities that include a trip to the Capricorn Waterslides, free jumping castle rides, a free barbecue and an outdoor nightclub right on the beachfront.
The outdoor nightclub will run each night from 8pm to 1am with a top DJ, and there will also be a Blow Zero Competition, which gives party-goers a chance to win an iPhone.
Sergeant Jones said the Blow Zero Competition was an initiative by police to encourage kids to stay sober.
It involves randomly selecting people from the nightclub and putting them on the breathalyser.
If they blow zero, they go in the draw to win.
Sergeant Jones said next year they were aiming to make the prize a new car.
This year he said they were expecting a higher number of school leavers in Yeppoon.
All schoolies will receive a free Schoolies Pack upon registration, which includes a t-shirt, water bottle, hat, phone case, glow-in-the-dark tag and condoms.WHAT’S ON AT SCHOOLIES
The 2009 Schoolies program at Yeppoon:TODAY
10am - noon: Police barbecue at the Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving Club. Grab a free sausage cooked by the local officers.
3pm - 6pm: Free rides for schoolies on the Trippi Tattz and the jumping castle.
8pm - 1am: Party at Schoolies Central Club, with the chance to win an iPod shuffle.
10am - noon: Grab a bite to eat at the Yeppoon beachfront. Late arrivals can still register.
2.30pm: Catch the bus to the Capricorn Waterslides with barbecue, air balloon and slides. Bus back at 6pm.
8pm - 1am: Party at Schoolies Central Club on the beachfront with a sumo suit challenge.
3pm - 6pm: A special verbYL session for schoolies only at 40 James Street, with ping pong, Nintendo Wii, internet café, chill out zone and games.
8pm - 1am: Party at Schoolies Central Club with pizza and a Twilight theme night. Bucking Bull Ride and Blow Zero Competition.