Day of joy and remembrance

There were smiles all around when Gerringong Public School performed at Kiama's Music In The Park on Thursday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

There were smiles all around when Gerringong Public School performed at Kiama's Music In The Park on Thursday. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

KIAMA'S Hindmarsh Park was overrun last Thursday when more than 1500 students from the municipality's five public schools took part in the second annual Celebrating Public Education in the Park event.

Students from Kiama High School, Kiama Public School, Gerringong Public School, Jamberoo Public School and Minnamurra Public School all took part in the NSW Education Week event, which was dedicated to the memory of former Albion Park Public School teachers Michael and Carol Clancy, who were aboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 when it was shot down above Ukraine.

Minnamurra Public School principal Warren Grosse said the event was a huge success.

"It was a great day, it was a celebration of what the schools in the area are about, and that's being a community," he said.

"We had students from all the schools performing, we had some Indonesian singing, the high school brought down their Japanese teacher and explored the culture, and we had a combined community band and choir that performed, and we sang the combined schools' song."

With the day dedicated to the Clancys, the event also had a broader theme.

"We really wanted the kids to be happy and show them how lucky they are to be able to go to a beautiful park and be safe and have fun," Mr Grosse said.

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