Group of Cronulla High School students help out in rural NSW

Community work: A group of students from Cronulla High School get their hands dirty in Coonabarabran. Picture: Supplied
Community work: A group of students from Cronulla High School get their hands dirty in Coonabarabran. Picture: Supplied

Seven Cronulla High School students started the holiday period in different fashion to most teenagers – travelling to rural NSW to take part in a community project.

The school group spent the first week of the Christmas school holidays carrying out community service in a rural location, Coonabarabran, as part of the Duke of Edingburgh residential project (gold level).

The students, along with two teachers, traveled almost eight hours to Coonabarabran, in north-western NSW, for a week in December. They spent the week volunteering their time at the Breakthru Disability Centre, Yuluwirri Child Care Centre and working on a local farm.

Rural: The students in Coonabarabran. Picture: Supplied

Rural: The students in Coonabarabran. Picture: Supplied

The trip allowed students to not only carry out community service but also experience a lifestyle very different to their own. Coonabarabran welcomed the school, even inviting the students to a community Christmas party hosted by the Breakthru Disability Centre.

The students chose Coonabarabran as, only three years ago, the town suffered from devastating bush fires.

Students who attended the trip included Jazmaree Dawson, Isabella Broach, Ella Martin, Sebastian Rehak, Joshua Jacobs, Jarrod Bell and Jo Vucago, alongside teachers Jane Scarsbrook and Craig Chantler.