Scone community throws support behind Scone Public School CAPERS dance group

THANK YOU: Daniel Zammit with Scone Public dance group members Mackenzie Williams, Charlotte Bell, Isabelle Bogaard, Hope Irwin and Natasha Vickers​.

THANK YOU: Daniel Zammit with Scone Public dance group members Mackenzie Williams, Charlotte Bell, Isabelle Bogaard, Hope Irwin and Natasha Vickers​.

PREPARING for a major performance takes a lot of time and effort.

From rehearsals and costumes to travel and accommodation costs – there’s plenty to consider to ensure the day runs smoothly.

A generous fundraiser earlier this month has already gone a long way in helping a group of Scone Public School students fulfill their dream of performing on stage.

The dancers will hit the stage at the Creative Arts in Public Education Regional Spectacular (CAPERS) at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on November 3 and 4.

And, thanks to the help and support of the Scone community, preparation leading up to the big event has been made that little bit easier.

Scone Public School teacher Vanessa Miller organised the fundraiser with Scone McDonald’s owner Daniel Zammit to assist the students with costs.

“A generous donation of $420 was raised by drive-thru and in store sales,” Ms Miller said.

“Scone McDonald's owner Mr Daniel Zammit and his staff did an outstanding job providing friendly and efficient service and we thank them for hosting this fundraiser for us.

“It was wonderful to see so many families and staff not-directly connected with the dance group students attend the event,” she said.

Ms Miller said it is the first time the school will be taking a group of 32 Year 5 and Year 6 students.

“The fundraiser will be able to help with not only dance and costume costs but accommodation and training also,” she said.

“We started getting the routines back in August and have to travel to Tamworth to train for the performance.”

CAPERS is an annual performance across two days featuring thousands of students from public schools as far north as Tenterfield and far south as Muswellbrook.

It gives students the opportunity to perform at a major event and develop their skills in song, dance and music.

Many vocalists, dancers and musicians who now perform in professional companies across the world have used CAPERS to develop their career.