As Schoolies Week starts, more school-leavers staying local

LOOK OUT: John-Joe O'Reilly at Narrabeen Sands BWS. Picture: Geoff Jones
LOOK OUT: John-Joe O'Reilly at Narrabeen Sands BWS. Picture: Geoff Jones

WITH Queensland travel not an option for schoolies this year, many local year 12 school leavers are opting to stay home in the northern beaches to party - and local clubs, pubs and bottle shops are upping their security to make sure they are kept in check.

BWS Area Manager Lynda Walsh, who oversees northern beaches bottle shops, said the team had been put through a number of RSA refresher courses in the lead up to schoolies, focusing on ID25 and Don't Buy it for Them policies.

"It has no doubt been a tough year for school leavers and we want them to be able to celebrate their achievements, but we encourage them to have fun in a safe and responsible way," she said.

"People are mostly happy because they feel safe. And most people who we ID-check who look to be under the age of 25 just take it as a compliment!"

Higher School Certificate exams began on November 9, with English, and will finish on December 3, with food technology. This year's HSC saw 68,710 students enrolled across NSW.

Schoolies week is traditionally held over multiple weeks from November 20, when the first of the final HSC exams end. International Baccalaureate (offered in about 20 schools) students have also finished.

Last year, almost every high school in the northern beaches improved their HSC results ranking. NESA data ranked the selective government school Northern Beaches Secondary College (Manly) top of the Beaches at number 13, with St Luke's Grammar school 24th and NBSC Mackellar Girls 43rd in the state.

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