Schoolies

There is a tradition in Australia of teenaged school leavers getting extremely drunk and partying hard once they finish their final school exams in Year 12. It is called Schoolies and it is considered by some to be a rite of passage for young Australians. Indeed, the Official National Schoolies Week website says: "The most-enduring Schoolies-week tradition is the first run down the beach and dive into the ocean after school is finished forever. That plunge of freedom is the essence of freedom which Schoolies symbolises.”

Schoolies symbolises freedom in Australia. This freedom party usually takes place by the sea in places like Surfer’s Paradise, Byron Bay, Airlie Beach, Victor Harbour, Rottnest Island and Lorne.

Obviously, when teenagers get drunk and take drugs a lot of dumb shit can happen. But doing dumb shit is a way of life in Australia.

If you want to be a patriot, you need to get wasted at Schoolies. (Though if you are not a school leaver you will be a creepy older Toolie, a person known for preying on drunk teenagers.)