Schoolchildren arrive on the Gold Coast as they are warned about Covid and tools

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Schoolchildren arrive on the Gold Coast as they are warned about Covid and tools
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Thousands of teenagers have started descending on the Gold Coast for the biggest end-of-school party since 2018, despite fresh fears over the novel Covid outbreak.

An estimated 25,000 Year 12 students are expected to turn up at the popular hotspot this weekend to kick off the annual three-week schoolboy party.

It comes after two years of Covid disruption to the annual passage of the Australian Rite, known for its out-of-control parties and non-stop celebrations.

An Estimated 25,000 Year 12 Students Are Expected To Turn Up On The Gold Coast (Pictured, Girls Shopping) Over The Weekend To Kick Off The Annual Three-Week Celebrations

An estimated 25,000 Year 12 students are expected to turn up on the Gold Coast (pictured, girls shopping) over the weekend to kick off the annual three-week celebrations

Pictured: Ex-Voice Star Sophie Fraser Plays Surfers Paradise On Saturday

Pictured: Ex-Voice star Sophie Fraser plays Surfers Paradise on Saturday

The Latest Covid-19 Upsurge In Omicron Cases Has An Expert Urging Revelers To Take Precautions (Pictured, Revelers On The Gold Coast)

The latest Covid-19 upsurge in Omicron cases has an expert urging revelers to take precautions (pictured, revelers on the Gold Coast)

Pupils Leaving School Can Visit The Refill Areas In The Schoolies Hub And Along The Esplanade If They Need Water Or Assistance (Pictured, Hugs At The Party Center On The Gold Coast)

Pupils leaving school can visit the refill areas in the Schoolies Hub and along the Esplanade if they need water or assistance (pictured, hugs at the party center on the Gold Coast)

Most Official Events Took Place In Outdoor Venues, Which Minimized The Risk Of Contracting The Disease (Pictured, The Boys Get The Essentials)

Most official events took place in outdoor venues, which minimized the risk of contracting the disease (pictured, the boys get the essentials)

Although the Gold Coast has been the traditional home of school children, the festivities have now also spread to the Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay and even overseas to Fiji and Bali.

The Gold Coast is still the original and the biggest – but in 2020 all events have been put on hold due to Covid restrictions, with 2021 only bringing limited numbers to party centres.

This year however – with most Covid restrictions now lifted – the golden age of schoolchildren is expected to return, despite warnings from some.

The new upsurge of Covid-19 in Omicron cases has an expert calling on revelers to take precautions.

Professor Nigel McMillan, an infectious disease expert from Griffith University, told the Brisbane Times that most official events take place in outdoor venues, which minimizes the risk of contracting the disease.

Professor McMillan recommended festival goers stick to outdoor events and encouraged the basics of hand washing and general hygiene.

It Comes After A Two-Year Disruption To The Annual Passage Of The Australian Rite, Known For Its Out-Of-Control Partying (Pictured, Guys Arriving At The Gold Coast)

It comes after a two-year disruption to the annual passage of the Australian Rite, known for its out-of-control partying (pictured, guys arriving at the Gold Coast)

Authorities Called On Revelers To

Authorities have called on revelers to ‘take note of your surroundings and be careful on high balconies’ during the holidays (pictured, the boys hang out on the Gold Coast balcony)

Schoolchildren Arrive On The Gold Coast As They Are Warned About Covid And Tools

‘I urge all young people to be careful of their peers, to stick together and to watch out for each other,’ said Police Minister Mark Ryan (pictured, young school leavers at the Gold Coast Saturday)

In 2020 The Event Was Canceled Due To Covid Restrictions, With 2021 Bringing Fewer Numbers To Party Centers (Pictured, A Year 12 Student With The Bare Necessities On The Gold Coast)

In 2020 the event was canceled due to Covid restrictions, with 2021 bringing fewer numbers to party centers (pictured, a year 12 student with the bare necessities on the Gold Coast)

He also warned teenagers about other diseases being transmitted at these events, such as sexually transmitted diseases and life-threatening meningococci.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Mark Ryan has asked uninvited revelers to give the festivities a wide birth.

“Nobody likes a ‘Toolie,’” Mr. Ryan said. “Leave this week to young people who have worked hard and deserve to celebrate their achievements responsibly.”

The Toolies are young men, who have dropped out of school, who sneak into school events to have sex with female students.

Gold Coast Police Will Carry Out Random Searches For Weapons Concealed In The Safe Night Area (Pictured, Police At The Scene)

Gold Coast Police will carry out random searches for weapons concealed in the Safe Night area (pictured, police at the scene)

Schoolchildren Arrive On The Gold Coast As They Are Warned About Covid And Tools

‘Charge your phones, plan ahead and check in with loved ones at home,’ added Police Minister Ryan (pictured, year 12 students posing on the Gold Coast)

'Leave This Week To The Young People Who Have Worked Hard And Deserve To Celebrate Their Achievements Responsibly,' Said Police Minister Mark Ryan (Pictured, Girls Enjoying Themselves At The Party Hotspot On Saturday)

‘Leave this week to the young people who have worked hard and deserve to celebrate their achievements responsibly,’ said Police Minister Mark Ryan (pictured, girls enjoying themselves at the party hotspot on Saturday)

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll Said There Will Be An Increased Police Presence On The Gold Coast This Week (Pictured, A Celebratory Onlooker Lands On The Gold Coast)

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there will be an increased police presence on the Gold Coast this week (pictured, a celebratory onlooker lands on the Gold Coast)

“I urge all young people to be mindful of their peers, stick together and watch out for each other. Take note of your surroundings and be careful when on high balconies,” he added.

“Charge your phones, plan ahead and reach loved ones back home.”

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there will be an increased police presence on the Gold Coast this week.

“The police are there to keep everyone safe,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“I would encourage young people to start conversations with the Schoolies crews this week.”

Gold Coast Police will carry out random searches for weapons concealed in the Safe Night Precinct, while authorities will carry out spot checks for minors and fake IDs.

Young people leaving school can visit the refill areas within the Schoolies Hub and along the Esplanade if they need water or assistance.

Authorities Will Carry Out Site Checks For Minors And Fake Ids On The Gold Coast (Pictured, Selfies At Party Hotspot)

Authorities will carry out site checks for minors and fake IDs on the Gold Coast (pictured, selfies at party hotspot)

Thousands Of Schoolchildren Descend On A Popular Party Venue, The Most Since 2018, Despite Fresh Fears Over The New Omicron Outbreak (Pictured, School Leavers Prepare On The Gold Coast On Saturday)

Thousands of schoolchildren descend on a popular party venue, the most since 2018, despite fresh fears over the new Omicron outbreak (pictured, school leavers prepare on the Gold Coast on Saturday)

The Festivities Are Also Taking Place In Other Popular Locations Like The Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Fiji And Bali (One Leaving School On The Gold Coast On Saturday)

The festivities are also taking place in other popular locations like the Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Fiji and Bali (one leaving school on the Gold Coast on Saturday)

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