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Schoolies at the Gold Coast – Would you let your kids go?

johnboy 24 November 2008 58

Watching the news last night and seeing the annual festival of vomit and unplanned pregnancy that is Gold Coast Schoolies Week one thing really piqued my curiousity.

What parent knowingly lets their child head off to this thing?

Wrecking a rental house at Batemans Bay is one thing. At least it’s not so far away and the carnage tends to be low key. But a 20,000 strong throng over 1,000 km from Canberra?

So I’m interested what parents have to say, as well as past, present, and prospective schoolies.

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58 Responses to Schoolies at the Gold Coast – Would you let your kids go?
matty matty 8:35 pm 26 Feb 09

lets get serious, don’t kid yourselves. Kid who have worked hard through year 12, should have the option to go away and have a relaxing week with their friends. It is certainly well deserved and can one of the best memories one can have. If anything should be done, it should be the educating of the young schoolies goers about how to have a safe trip. Once these kids finish school and are 18, it should be thier own decision and they can experience what it is like in the real word. By the time kids are finished school, they should have the common sense to enjoy a week of partying, but in a fairly responsible manner.

poptop poptop 4:01 pm 15 Dec 08

Good advice, scholies08.

Did you graduate from school or are you merely teasing us?

Scholies08 Scholies08 3:06 pm 15 Dec 08

I went to schoolies 08. I had a hell of a good time with my mates.

Felt good that we werent controled by perents and we could pritty much do wat we wanted.

didnt have any trouble nor get into trouble, schoolies is getting safer aver year and there is no need to worrie about ur kids.

all they need to do is stay with there friends and nothing happends. every where u look there r police usly in groups of 6….personaly i think there was to many police around.

If u let ur kids go tell them to STAY IN A GROUP. and always have phone credit.

Hdopler Hdopler 1:12 pm 25 Nov 08

Thumper said :

And London is simply cool 😉

Not really, it’s just a bigger and smellier version of Sydney with older buildings. Nothing special. Now, Vilnius, Moscow, Paris, Casablanca or Rabat, now we are talking fun!

farnarkler farnarkler 10:07 am 25 Nov 08

And possibly barrels of Kool Aid?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:55 am 25 Nov 08

I’d be much more worried about kids being at World Youth Day than schoolies. At schoolies, there will be drinking and drugs and a bit of teenage passion.

At World Youth Day there’s indoctrination into a medieval cult with a reputation for covering up child abuse.

farnarkler farnarkler 9:38 am 25 Nov 08

Sorry, how could I forget floriade. I was going to mention it in the same breath as the Venice Carnival and Hogmanay.

Granny Granny 9:37 am 25 Nov 08

… and World Youth Day.


p1 p1 9:32 am 25 Nov 08

You forgot Floriade…

farnarkler farnarkler 8:10 am 25 Nov 08

It’s like just about every big event which is populated by youngsters. It’s going to be loud and messy and a few retards will give an excuse for the media to call for its’ ban next year.

It’s just the same as the Notting Hill Carnival, Summernats, the San Fermin festival in Pamplona and Oktoberfest in Munich.

Granny Granny 10:39 pm 24 Nov 08

I was too busy having babies.

Special G Special G 7:58 pm 24 Nov 08

Will have to revisit this one in about 15 years I think. Not a fan of the schoolies myself and didn’t go. Packed my gear and went travelling around Europe for 3 months instead.

Granny Granny 5:32 pm 24 Nov 08

I’m a bit like that, p1.

: )

imhotep imhotep 5:30 pm 24 Nov 08

Nah, my kids (both prodigies), will be at home.

My son will be getting ready for medical school while my daughter will be preparing to become a nun until she’s about 30.


p1 p1 5:29 pm 24 Nov 08

Oh, you just threw me with the sudden reminiscing about Russian orphans.

Granny Granny 5:28 pm 24 Nov 08

What am I in trouble for now?!


Good grief! It’s not like I’m seeing little green Cornish piskies running around the place.

p1 p1 5:24 pm 24 Nov 08

Granny, have you been hitting the sherry a bit early this afternoon?

Granny Granny 4:50 pm 24 Nov 08

The little Russian orphans were like cats – the things they could do!

Our hearts were constantly in our mouths fearing that they would get hurt, but nobody else seemed concerned and they were the fittest little kids – a bit small sometimes through lack of nutrition though.

It really showed me how much we stifle our children through our own fears. And don’t even get me started on the crap playground equipment again … huh!

p1 p1 4:34 pm 24 Nov 08

I recall a 4WD trip with my parents and siblings, and my aunt, uncle and cousins. We had set up the tents, and myself and siblings were climbing in a tree, improvising a hammock/swing from some rope, etc, and my cousins were not allowed to climb the tree because it was too dangerous. I mean really, talk about stunting a persons development.

Hdopler Hdopler 4:17 pm 24 Nov 08

Sure i’d let them go, they have to learn to handle themselves and grow up one day, and if it’s not at the end of highschool when is it? seriously i come accross parents who won’t let their children catch buses (when they are in high-school!) and i think to myselves: my god how soft are you? kids have to learn how to handle the real world, which *gasp* includes drunken bufoons and clowns. Of course i’ll let them go, and hope and pray nothing happens that doesn’t already happen in civic on a friday night at the beginning of uni semester!

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