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Catriona talks about schoolies' week.
Catriona talks about schoolies' week.

Schoolies' Week

Thursday, July 6, 2000
We received an email from a student who was concerned about making a booking for schoolies' week and thought she'd missed out. Well, you know what? No need for panic.

A company called Break Free Holidays looks after more schoolies every year than any other company. They have over 100 schoolie-friendly places to stay in Surfers Paradise, and to keep everyone safe, they employ security guards.

Schoolies' week has grown from a week of celebrating the end of school to a month-long graduation festival starting in the middle of November.

Every year around 20,000 schoolies flock into Surfers Paradise with the intention of partying non-stop and celebrating the end of year 12. Noosa, Byron Bay and Bali are other popular destinations.

Students who book with Break Free Holidays are issued with a personalised photo ID card that ensures only those registered in an accommodation house are permitted to enter. They can also arrange travel insurance, transfers and even a party cruise at the time of booking.

During schoolies' week, Break Free Holidays are contactable 24 hours a day on a special hotline. This service is for the use of students, parents and accommodation houses.

Activities and entertainment include open-air cinemas, skateboarding demonstrations, fashion parades, live radio broadcasts, DJs and bands, street performers and under-18s dance parties.

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