With Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast only days away, the event’s original and number one operator, schoolies.com, is urging all school leavers to act responsibly and stay on the right side of the law.
Schoolies.com CEO Matt Lloyd said tens of thousands of Schoolies would descend on the Gold Coast from November 19 for the start of this year’s celebration.
“Schoolies is an important time for so many young people and we want every school leaver to enjoy themselves and remember the celebration for the rest of their lives,” he said.
“Of course, the key to an enjoyable time is to also exercise caution and common sense and it is really important for all young adults to stick together and stay out of harm’s way to ensure a memorable week of celebrations.”
Mr Lloyd said inexperience, excitement and intoxication could often lead to risk-taking and inappropriate behavior during Schoolies and it was important for school leavers to understand the long-term implications of breaking the law.
“Taking unnecessary risks, binge drinking and drug taking is not only extremely dangerous but can lead to a brush with the law,” Mr Lloyd said.
“Just one criminal conviction has the ability to interfere with future job opportunities, visa applications and working overseas.
“The good news is that awareness of risk taking, and the overall behavior level has seen a marked improvement over recent years as a result of improved education provided about Schoolies prior to arrival.
“It’s also important to note that it’s only ever a small minority who partake in risk taking and the vast majority of Schoolies are smart enough to know that a bad decision during the event can impact on their future.
“Even so, we’re urging all school leavers to always think before they act, to stay safe, to look out for their mates and to remember the Red Frogs and police are there to help in times of need.”
Mr Lloyd said all Schoolies were required to carry a Schoolies photo ID at all times and there was a 24-hour helpline for students and parents should an issue arise.
“This year, as in other years, we’ve organised all sorts of fun events and activities for Schoolies to enjoy and each event is fully supervised with comprehensive security arrangements,” he said.
“Nowhere is safer and more organised than the Gold Coast for Schoolies which is the feedback we consistently get back from the parents and the students who have experienced it in previous years.
Schoolies.com is the central booking site for Schoolies having booked well over 500,000 customers since its launch in the 1980s.
All schoolies.com customers enjoy a range of exclusive benefits such as supervised events, Schoolies photo ID, comprehensive security arrangements at accommodation, 24-hour helpline for students and parents, financial security and more.