In a spectacular opportunity for our drought-stricken kids, the NSW Government is inviting students to take a break and spend a night with the stars.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell is calling on principals from across drought-affected NSW to nominate students for the first 'Wish Upon a Star' initiative.
It aims to bring 150 students from drought-affected schools to see the Schools Spectacular this month in Sydney and enjoy a fun weekend away.
Ms Mitchell said Wish Upon a Star involves 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," she said.
"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, November 22, to stay at Sport and Recreation centres at Narrabeen, Broken Bay and Berry, and attend the Schools Spectacular matinee on Saturday, November 23.
"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," Ms Mitchell said.
School principals are encouraged to select students from their school community who would benefit most from the initiative. Nominations for this weekend away close on November 8 through the Department of Education.
Schools can nominate up to four drought-affected students, who have been experiencing particularly challenging times via their DEL.
Ms Mitchell acknowledged the support of RDE Microphones, who will assist with accommodation and catering costs.
The Schools Spectacular will be staged over four performances at the Qudos Bank Arena on November 22 at 11am and 7.30pm, and November 23 at 1pm and 7.30pm.