Rockhampton High School seniors jump for joy before walking out of the school gates for the last time yesterday.
Rockhampton High School seniors jump for joy before walking out of the school gates for the last time yesterday. Allan Reinikka

Taylor to join Schoolies fun

FORMER Rockhampton State High School student Taylor Williams dropped the books yesterday and took the cheaper option closer to home to celebrate schoolies.

Ready to party, the bubbly blonde was one of the first to arrive at the Capricorn Coast with a tight bunch of school friend’s yesterday afternoon.

Organisers are expecting close to 500 school leavers from around the region to swarm the coast for an action-packed official schoolies celebration running from tomorrow until Wednesday, November 25.

PCYC schoolies co-ordinator Sergeant Greg Jones said security and police officers would be patrolling Yeppoon’s main beach the entire time and under-aged drinkers would not be tolerated.

“We are providing alcohol-free activities in an attempt to stop this, but we know it’s going to happen,” Sergeant Jones said.

Sergeant Jones said schoolies who were “obviously drunk” would suffer the consequences including fines.

During the event afternoon activities will include a gladiator game, vertical bungee and a water park.

When the sun goes down, schoolies will be able to let their hair down and enjoy an alcohol and tobacco free beachfront party atmosphere with live bands and a DJ.

Taylor, 17, said she would be parting with her good friend T’Lea Vea Vea who heads to the Gold Coast for schoolies today. “I chose the cheaper option and it’s close to home,” Taylor said.

The girls said they were ready to party and celebrate the end of an era.

“We’ll try to behave,” T’Lea said.

On Friday they joined the Rocky High class of 2009 for a final ceremony where tears were shed and laughs were shared.

Sergeant Jones said event goers needed to present their school ID and a schoolies ID will be made.

A bus service will run up and down the coast to take schoolies to and from Emu Park and Yeppoon.



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