Students get footloose to bust the dust

Mikey MacNamara busts a move at St Raphael's Bust the Dust dance.

Mikey MacNamara busts a move at St Raphael's Bust the Dust dance.

St Raphael's students put on their dancing shoes and cut footloose for Bust the Dust last Friday.

Joining more than 600 schools across the nation, primary and secondary students performed a simultaneous dance at 1pm.

St Raphael's Principal, Michael Gallagher said the school participated to help boost spirits in drought stricken communities.

"There are two purposes behind our participation," Mr Gallagher said.

"To raise the spirit of those in drought stricken communities through a playful and inclusive event.

"Secondly, to raise awareness that by coming together in an event larger than their individual families, the students' perspective and interconnections can be restored."

St Raphael's joined students from areas such as Blayney, Dubbo, Forbes, Lithgow, Millthorpe, Narromine, Nyngan, Orange, Parkes, Wellington and Young.

The idea was the brainchild of a class of Year 5/6 students at St John's Parish School in Trangie.

St John's teacher Emma Wilson said her students were inspired to create the dance and send the idea national after learning about the drought during poetry class.