School students from across drought-affected NSW have the opportunity to take a break and spend a night with the stars.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell encouraged Principals to nominate students for the first ‘Wish Upon a Star’ initiative, which will bring 150 students from drought-affected schools to see the Schools Spectacular and enjoy a fun weekend away.
Wish Upon a Star is an initiative of the NSW Government, involving the Department of Education, Transport for NSW and the Office of Sport, and will be a no-cost treat to families battling the unrelenting drought.
“We want to give 150 kids a fun weekend to take their minds off the challenges of the drought for a few days,” said Sarah.
“They will share the exhilaration of the Schools Spectacular and have a mini holiday at our Sport and Recreation centres.”
The students will travel from hubs at Dubbo, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga on Friday, 22 November, to stay at Sport and Recreation Centres at Narrabeen, Broken Bay and Berry, and attend the Schools Spectacular matinee on Saturday, 23 November.
“It will also be a rare chance for these country kids to splash at the beach and try water sports and other activities at the Sport and Recreation Centres,” said Sarah.
School Principals are encouraged to select students who would benefit most from this initiative. Nominations for this weekend away close today, 8th November through the Department of Education.
Schools can nominate up to four drought-affected students, who have been experiencing particularly challenging times.
The Minister acknowledged the support of RØDE Microphones, who will assist with accommodation and catering costs as Rural Initiative of Schools Spectacular 2019.
The Schools Spectacular will be staged over four performances at the Qudos Bank Arena on Friday, 22 November (11am and 7.30pm) and Saturday, 23 November (1pm and 7.30pm).