Little schools have great appeal at The Saraton
TALENTED students from across the Clarence Valley have made an impressive impact on proud parents at a Grafton concert.
The biennial Small Schools, Big Impact concert on Wednesday night had people spilling out the doors of The Saraton Theatre to watch student from twelve public schools showcase their dancing, singing and instrumental ability.
Lawrence Public School teacher Ben Hill, who coordinated the event, said they sold 700-800 tickets.
"The last one was at South Grafton High but crowds were too big, so for safety reasons we needed a bigger venue," he said.
"Even at the Saraton it looked like we were going to run out of seats at one stage. It was an awesome crowd." Mr Hill said the evening was made even better by having lighting and audio support from Grafton Primary School students.
"From all the feedback the students had a great night and we had great feedback from parents as well," he said. "We're already getting some ideas together on how to improve for next time."
Harwood Island School principal Peggy Eather said the idea of the big impact concert was for small schools to showcase what they already did.
"We don't reinvent the wheel," she said.
"We have a huge focus on dance here and our senior children performed a dance choreographed by teacher Tracey Skinner. Schools involved included Gilwinga, Ulmarra, Wooli, Chatsworth Island, Harwood Island, Cowper, Lawrence, Iluka, Tucabia, Nymboida, Copmanhurst and Coutts Crossing public schools.