Kirsty Noffki, Sjharn Leeson and Taneille McEwan heading for  Schoolies, pictured with local mum, Elaine Cunningham.
Kirsty Noffki, Sjharn Leeson and Taneille McEwan heading for Schoolies, pictured with local mum, Elaine Cunningham.

Let?s party but we?ll take care



PARTY up and wind down, that's the way gung-ho Schoolies, Kirsty Noffki and Taneille McEwan plan on spending their Schoolies week.

The Tweed Heads teenagers will join more than 30,000 schoolies from across Australia set to descend on Surfers Paradise from Saturday night as they hit the tourist strip for the first week of partying.

Surfers Paradise is expecting about 30,000 school leavers this weekend and another 20,000 next weekend in what has become a rite of passage for school leavers.

Kirsty, 17 and Taneille, 18, only decided on where they were going to stay last week when they booked themselves for eight nights at a backpackers in the middle of Surfers Paradise, as they plan on being in the middle of the action all week long.

"We're really looking forward to just having a holiday and getting away from things, and we're going during the party week so there's heaps of stuff going on, so it's going to be good."

Despite horror stories of Schoolies weeks past, with violence among 'toolies' and rapes playing a major role, Kirsty and Taneille are looking forward to the week of celebrations saying that they have only a few reservations about the event.

"I'm a bit worried about some of the violence you hear about with the 'toolies' because some of our guy friends went up last year and someone came up from behind and just punched one of them in the head, so that's a bit scary," Taneille said.

Fellow student, Sjharn Leeson, 18 was originally planning on avoiding Schoolies entirely and heading overseas during the event, but having been constrained by her finances she said she may be lured into the Surfers Paradise once or twice next week.

"I wanted to go overseas because you hear a lot of bad things about schoolies like the rapes and things like that," Sjharn said.

"I'll probably just bus it up to Schoolies on a couple of nights or go on a roadtrip with some mates for something different."



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