Official celebrations started for students last night when thousands of school leavers congregated around Surfers Paradise to enjoy the entertainment and facilities provided.

Wet weather overnight did see numbers of schoolies in the hub and general area slightly down for the same time as last year’s event.

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Police were generally pleased with the behaviour of schoolies, with only a small number of the large crowd coming to the attention of police.

Overnight there were six male schoolies arrested on six offences. The majority of these offences were for drug possession.

Last year in 2016, for the same time frame, there were eight schoolies arrested.

There were 12 people arrested on 24 charges which were non-schoolies.

The majority of the non-schoolies arrested related to drug offences.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au