Coolah Central School students will take the trip of a lifetime this April when they travel some 360 kilometres to attend this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The school, from the state’s Central West, was selected as the lucky recipient of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW Youth Group initiative ‘All Roads to the Royal.’
Aimed at students from rural New South Wales, especially those who have never attended the show, the All Roads to the Royal program was created to collect students from a regional high school and take them behind-the-scenes for an incredible four-day once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Transport, accommodation and meals are covered as is entry to the Show and ‘money can’t buy’ experiences.
This initiative will expose students to excellence in competition, meetings with industry leaders, eye-opening exhibitions, and educational displays.
In the past two years, the Coolah community has suffered two natural disasters. In 2017, the Sir Ivan fires caused great devastation throughout the local community, followed by 18 months of crippling drought.
The Coolah Central School has seen student numbers decline and opportunities for educational excursions are extremely limited. For the close-knit town of approximately 1200 people a win such as this is a tremendous lift for the entire community.
Coolah Central School representative Kate Thompson said the school is thankful for the opportunity,
“We are extremely excited for this opportunity. The kids have been through a lot with the Sir Ivan fires and the drought but this experience will really lift spirits. We are very appreciative. Thank you," she said.
RAS of NSW general manager of agriculture and the Sydney Royal Easter Show Murray Wilton said the program will offer wider support to students in rural NSW.
“The Show is such a unique experience for the many who are fortunate enough to attend, it’s a day full of world-class competitions, celebrations of agriculture and jaw-dropping entertainment,” Mr Wilton said,
“All Roads to the Royal aims to address disproportionate access to the Show for rural students, those who are often geographically isolated. We hope this trip will inspire and facilitate opportunities in agriculture for Coolah Central School students, while providing them with an experience many of us take for granted.”
Coolah Central School students will attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show from April 15 to 18 2019.