Year 12 students at a Brisbane high school are planning public protests in the hope of having Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reverse her decision to ban this year’s Schoolies Week activities on the Gold Coast.
A spokesperson for the We Want Schoolies group, Giles Malester (right in main picture), organised the group’s first meeting at the Brisbane South State Secondary College.
He said the Premier was overreacting and her decision would deny young people their first taste of freedom after 13 hard years of study.
“The Premier is being grossly unfair by denying graduating high school students a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.
“They… I mean, we are the first generation to have done the compulsory prep year before Year One, so they… I mean, we have done 13 solid years of schooling.
“As a 57…. I mean, as a 17-year-old I want to experience Schoolies Week just like the generations of Year 12 students before me.
“It’s always been a chance for young people — especially girls — on the cusp of adulthood to indulge in well-deserved celebrations, have a bit too much to drink — preferably enough to cloud their judgement, physical resistance, and memory — allowing them to explore all the pleasures that their taut, perfectly formed, teenage bodies can withstand, especially under the guiding hands of older, more experienced men.”
His sentiments were echoed by fellow student Peter Phillia (left in main picture).
When interviewed by The Bug’s reporter Mr Phillia said he had “always had a good time” at the “dozen or more” Schoolies Weeks he had attended.
When pressed to explain his comment, Mr Phillia put a pencil case to his ear and said: “I need to take this call.”
He then walked away quickly and did not return to continue the interview.
Another student at the college, Virginia Intacto (centre, in main picture), said she just wanted to have a good time with her “gal pals” to relieve the stress of her senior year.
“I guess if we don’t go to Schoolies Week we can save a lot of money and have a good time partying right here in Brisbane — with appropriate social distancing of course,” she said.
When asked to comment on the views of Mr Malester and Mr Phillia, Ms Intacto appeared puzzled.
“Yeah…. ummm, you know, I’ve never seen either of those guys before at school. At least not until they arranged the protest meeting,” she said.
“But Giles said if we can’t go to Schoolies Week we can party with a friend of his. He said her name was Ro ….., Ro something or other… Yes, yes, that’s it — Ro Hipnoll.
“She sounds like a lot of fun,” Ms Intacto said.