INSIDE LOOK: What are our kids getting up to at Schoolies?
AFTER 12 years of reading, writing and arithmetic our South Burnett senior students have waved goodbye to their teachers and are enjoying a well deserved break on their Schoolies adventures.
Saint Mary's Catholic College graduate Lydia Pelcl and her school friend Darlene Ryan are revelling in this once in a lifetime experience.
"I have made so many new friends and been catching up with old friends too," she said.
"We are staying in Surfers, I can't get over the amount of people and the night life."
While Schoolies events are often labelled unruly due to the small minority, Ms Pelcl has felt comfortable, safe and at ease the whole trip.
"Some people go too far but my experience has been really good," she said.
"The Red Frogs team and the police are everywhere."
The future early childhood teacher said she had enjoyed some great conversations.
"People ask you where you are from and what the plans are for the future," Ms Pelcl said.
"I have heard some really inspiring stories of people's background and where they have come from."
While the new graduate still has three days left on the Gold Coast, fellow Saint Mary's colleague, Taylor Stead has already returned home from his Schoolies journey.
Taylor's mum, Brooke Stead said even though her boy's trip was short, it was chock-full of fun.
"He had to come back for work but he said it was awesome," she said.
Mr Stead enjoyed Schoolies with two other friends and the P-platers found a zippy way to get around the popular tourist spot.
"They all hired scooters and had an absolute ball," Mrs Stead said.
With some of the events attended by more than 13,000 former students, it wasn't hard to get to know other high school graduates who had travelled in from all parts of the country.
"He met lots of people, everyone just had so much fun," Mrs Stead said.
Taylor's loving mum said he was a very trustworthy son.
"He is just not that sort of a kid," she said.
"I just let him communicate with me.
"He was sending me photos every day because he was having so much fun.
"It's good to have a close relationship with your kids."
The proud mum is looking forward to seeing her son's progression into the next chapter of his life.
"He is going to do a dual bachelor of teaching in maths and PE," she said.
"He did a traineeship with the NRL so he would like to stay in that industry."