The Tweed Public School recorder group pictured during their fundraiser at Bunnings Warehouse.
The Tweed Public School recorder group pictured during their fundraiser at Bunnings Warehouse. Tweed Daily News/Blainey Woodham

Sydney trip a high note for students

PLAYING the Sydney Opera House is a dream of any musician, and for 20 young recordists from Tweed Heads Public School, this will soon be a reality.

The group of Year Five and Six students auditioned to take part in the 2009 Festival of Instrumental Music to be held in Sydney on June 23, where they will play with students from all around the country, as well as a full orchestra.

To help the children play the bi-annual performance, volunteers from the school, as well as its Parents and Citizens group, sold 35 kilograms of sausages outside of Bunnings Warehouse in Tweed Heads South on Saturday.

"We were sold out by 2.30pm, so we probably could have made a lot more," said P&C secretary Debbie Flaherty.

"We have only done a rough count, but I think we raised about $1000, which is not bad considering it was raining most of the day."

The Sydney trip will cost about $10,000, with the children and teachers flying to the capital for a three-day visit.

They will take in the sights of the harbour, have a meal in China Town and visit the Powerhouse Museum, as well as taking part in the special concert.

"For some of these kids it will be their first time on a plane and their first time to Sydney, so it is very exciting," Mrs Flaherty said.

Tweed Heads Bowls Club has been instrumental in helping the school raise the needed funds to limit the amount parents need to pay for their children to take part.

"The bowls club has already donated $2000 towards the trip and gave us the sausages and bread for the barbeque fundraiser; they have been fantastic," she said.


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