Crazy convoy of graduates hit the beach at Mooloolaba
MOUNTAIN Creek State High students have continued their tradition of hitting the water at Mooloolaba to mark the end of their school years.
After passing through a guard of honour, graduating year 12s climbed into cars decorated with enough slogans to give Wicked Campervans a run for their money.
In a convoy of noisy exhausts, blow-up toys, horns, whistles and screams, they made the pilgrimage to the beach to wash away their school days.
As she waited to hit the road in a ute driven by her older brother, Lucas, Bailey Brown, who was leaving the school with friends Kimberley Price, Jasmine Blakeway and Alyse Bell, said the feeling was amazing.
"Ever since year eight, when we watched out first 'clap out', we've been waiting for this moment," she said.
For Keri Archer, who was at the school to watch her daughter, Jade, 17, leave, the event brought a mixture of emotions.
"It's very sad but I'm so excited for all the opportunities that are about to come to them," she said.
She said Jade had got up at 5.30am for her last day of school.
"She was a little bit anxious. It's the earliest she's every got out of bed."
Greg Price gave his daughter, Kimberley, a hug after she left the school gates.
Mr Price was pleased to see Kimberley, 17, finish year 12, after temporarily leaving school during year 10.
Kimberley is thinking about taking a gap year and going on to study nursing.
"I just told her I was proud of her and she's done really well," Mr Price said.
Accepting a hug from her soaking wet daughter, Sarah, at the beach, Rachel Best said it was rewarding to see her having fun.
"She's a lovely girl and she's done a fantastic job."
A dripping wet Melody Ingall and Kristin Rolles, who have been friends since they started preschool together, said the day had been as cool as they imagined.
"We've had such a good time. And it's great to be able to do it together," Kristin said.
One of the stars at the Mooloolaba swim was a gold inflatable swan brought along for the occasion by student Lachy Wilkinson.
Lachy had spent $100 on the mascot the day before but she almost did not make it falling off the roof of the car on Brisbane Rd.
"She tried to fly off," he said.
The swan, named Pangaea, after an ancient super-continent, was destined to take pride of place in a pool at a party afterwards.