Teqiri Mortimer, Morgan Colpitts, Gemma Borra and Brenton Thomas go maroon for flood victims.
Teqiri Mortimer, Morgan Colpitts, Gemma Borra and Brenton Thomas go maroon for flood victims. John Gass

Schools go Maroon for a Day

BILAMBIL Public School was turned into a sea of maroon yesterday as hundreds of NSW schools celebrated Maroon for a Day to raise money for Queensland schools affected by the flood crisis.

School principal Carole Bool said the day would help students become better Australians.

“Bilambil Public School isn't just about teaching reading and writing but also about giving our students the core values to be good citizens,” Ms Bool said.

“Encouraging our students to reach out to people in need by supporting causes such as this helps to teach them empathy.”

Minister for Education and Training Verity Firth said Maroon for a Day allowed NSW school communities to express their support.

“This is just another way we can help do our bit.”

The idea was suggested by Neville Public School teacher's aide Lisa Paton and Punchbowl Boys High principal Jihad Dib.

Ms Paton said the annual State of Origin rugby league match inspired her to raise funds for devastated Queensland schools.

“I thought of the rivalry between the NSW and Queensland football teams and thought that would be the ultimate sign of support for us to dress in maroon.”

All students who wore the Queensland colour donated a gold coin.



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