Class of 2011 looks to future
ALMOST 450 Gympie Year 12 graduates joined 47,000 senior students from around the state yesterday in farewelling their high school years and marching forward into a future of unlimited potential and possibility.
Seventy-six students graduated from St Patrick's College, 170 from Gympie State High School, 146 from James Nash, 17 from Victory College, 26 from Cooloola Christian College and five from Gympie Special School.
Teary-eyed parents attended final assemblies and watched as their "babies" left their hallowed school grounds for the last time, punching the air with excitement, and hugging each other with joy.
Education Minister Cameron Dick congratulated the class of 2011, and wished them a fun and safe time at Schoolies Week next week.
Of the 47,000 school leavers, about 35,000 are expected to head to Surfers Paradise from today where the message from organisers yesterday was to stay safe and watch your mates.
Gold Coast Schoolies Advisory Group chairman Mark Reaburn said it was all about keeping Schoolies safe.
"We know they're coming," he said.
"We can't stop them coming.
"Unfortunately the perception in some media circles is ban Schoolies - that's not possible. We can't hold back the tide. We've got to put in place what we think is an appropriate safety infrastructure for the kids."
Thermal counting will be used this year to check the number entering and leaving the fenced-off Schoolies Hub at Surfers.
Mr Dick said young Queenslanders were getting a great start to their lives and careers through education, and that the next few weeks would be a time of anticipation and excitement for about 28,000 state school and 19,000 non-state school graduates as they wait for their results.
"Many seniors will graduate with the Queensland Certificate of Education which recognises a range of student achievements including school-based subjects, vocational education and training and university subjects, and workplace and community achievements."
Students will be able to check their results, including Overall Position and Field Positions at the Queensland Studies Authority website from 9am on December 17, at least two days before they are notified by mail.
They will then have until January 5 to lodge any tertiary preference changes with QTAC, and will be able to access their tertiary offers via the QTAC website from 1am on January 12, 2012, with offers to be posted the next day.