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‘Fun police’ ruin year 12 graduation traditions

FREE AT LAST: Previous Mountain Creek State High School graduates celebrate the end of school at Mooloolaba Beach.
FREE AT LAST: Previous Mountain Creek State High School graduates celebrate the end of school at Mooloolaba Beach. Chrismccormack

PARENTS at Mountain Creek High School are calling foul on what they call the "fun police" ruining end-of-year celebrations for their graduating children.

The school has warned students not to swim in their uniforms at the beach as they have done in recent years.

Parents said students have also been told not to write on their uniforms on school grounds or risk being excluded from the formal celebrations next Friday.

Police will also be patrolling Lady Musgrave Dr next Thursday to ensure the cavalcade of cars leaving the school does not cause undue disturbance to residents.

Executive principal Cheryl McMahon said the police presence was necessary for safety reasons after public complaints about the manner of student driving last year.

"The school has a policy that the celebrations must be moral, respectful and legal. It has always been our policy and it's no different this year," Ms McMahon said.

"We will not allow graffiti and immoral language on cars.

"If any student breaches the policy on moral, legal and respectful celebrations, their attendance at the formal ceremony will be in jeopardy."

But Mountain Creek State High School mother Emma Campbell believes the clampdown on the celebrations was unfair to students who had worked hard all year.

She said her daughter Kyla had attended Mountain Creek schools since she started her schooling journey and she was disappointed at the scaled-back celebrations.

Mrs Campbell said the "clap out" was reduced to only include more senior students rather than the whole school.

"The kids have had threat after threat at assemblies and in writing and it's just putting a dampener on the whole thing," Mrs Campbell said.

"They have been told they can't all leave the school all together in their cars like they normally do and there's to be no streamers, no balloons, nothing.

"Safety is one thing, I'm all for it, but it's just ruining all the fun for them this year."

Kawana Waters State College principal Paul Williamson said students had been advised to leave the grounds in a respectful manner to leave a positive memory of their schooling years.

Immanuel Lutheran College at Buderim confirmed it did not require a police presence, but there would be a crackdown on graffiti on uniforms. Anyone wanting signatures from friends had been told to bring a spare uniform.

"We don't require a police presence but we will have a number of staff to ensure that when the students leave the college after the Walk of Faith and Valedictory Service, they do so safely and responsibly.

"The Year 12s' final day is a whole-school celebration."

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