Plans other than Schoolies on agenda for Coffs school-leavers
SCHOOL-LEAVERS on the Coffs Coast aren't rushing away to party at Schoolies, according to Bishop Druitt College principal Alan Ball.
Official Schoolies celebrations kick off next week across Australia, with Byron Bay, Bali and the Gold Coast among the most popular destinations for school-leavers.
Mr Ball has been the principal at BDC for more than six years and said the Schoolies culture wasn't as prevalent on the Coffs Coast as it was in south-east Queensland, where he taught for 12 years.
"I don't know if there's a great appetite for Schoolies here," he said.
"We might just be far enough away from it not to be that interested in it.
"In Brisbane, you certainly get flyers from Schoolies and have safe Schoolies talks in schools. We just don't get that here, it's not the culture."
Mr Ball said while some of the 2015 cohort will be heading to Schoolies celebrations in Byron Bay, most ex-students were exploring a variety of different options post-school.
"I've got some volunteering overseas and others playing in Japan (the school's first international music tour)... some are already already working part-time jobs which makes it hard to attend Schoolies."
Other students had said they were saving their money for holidays overseas later in the year rather than forking out thousands of dollars at Schoolies Week.
"Some are talking about going skiing in December so they're spending their money on other things rather than Schoolies," he said.
So far it seems not too many Schoolies from around the country will be staying on the Coffs Coast for the week's partying festivities.
Pacific Property said it did not rent houses to school leavers during the Schoolies period and the Hoey Moey said it hadn't received a booking from a Schoolie coming into town.