St Raphael’s Catholic School takes out the Royal prize
Posted on : 13 February 2020
St Raphael's Catholic School in Cowra New South Wales will embark on a trip of a lifetime this April when they make the 300 km journey to the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show (Show) thanks to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Youth Group's 'All Roads to the Royal' Program.
Created to connect rural youth with the opportunities available at the Show, the 'All Roads to the Royal' programs offers students a rare chance to enjoy a fully-funded, four-day excursion to Australia's largest agricultural event.
Providing more than just a getaway, St Raphael's Catholic School students will gain access to world-class competitions, eye-opening exhibitions and receive the chance to meet key industry leaders.
St Raphael's Catholic School agricultural teacher, Alex Makin says the school is thrilled to be the lucky recipient.
"I'm absolutely stunned and thrilled and so excited for our school," Mrs Makin said.
"This program will hopefully be the building block of how we can further take agriculture through the school over the next few years, and also the way in which we can get our kids involved in our local shows and help our show societies.
"For the kids this means they get to experience agriculture on the big scale at something as phenomenal as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which our kids don't get the opportunity to do personally or in a school situation."
With many students facing the isolation and desperation brought about by devastating drought conditions, the trip will provide a much-needed reprieve for students.
RAS Youth Group Deputy Chair, Joe Murphy, says the benefits of the program go beyond just the trip itself.
"The All Roads to the Royal Program will allow students to make connections for future employment, work experience and education, whilst also linking them to areas they may not have considered as a possible career," Mr Murphy said.
"There is a large emphasis on local show involvement and we hope that through exposure, students from St Raphael’s will develop a strong partnership with Show Societies in their region".
St Raphael's will enjoy exclusive access to the Show including the iconic Grand Parade, a VIP entertainment experience, Showman's Guild tour and numerous networking opportunities with industry leaders.
Forty people, including St Raphael’s Catholic School students, teachers and guardians will attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th April 2020.
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About the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW:
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has been an influential force in the direction and development of Australian agriculture through competitions, education and events since its foundation in 1822. The RAS is a not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting agricultural development and rural communities in Australia.
About the RAS Youth Group:
The RAS Youth Group is comprised of passionate young professionals that aim to educate, entertain and engage youth through RAS programs, events and competitions.
The RAS Youth Group coordinates programs and events aimed at young people. These currently include Agrichats, Agriyouth Connect and All Roads to the Royal at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The Youth Group also assists other RAS committees with competitions and events.