St Mary's Catholic School Bust the Dust and dance up a storm

Students from Wellington were part of a nationwide dance off to help 'Bust the Dust.'

St Mary's Catholic School and Wellington Public School, along with over 600 schools, danced for the initiative that aimed to raise awareness and understanding of the drought.

Year 5/6 students at St John's Parish School in Trangie came up with the idea of a simultaneous rain dance on Friday, December 13.

Students were hoping to get the 18 schools in their diocese involved but thanks to their viral Facebook video, more than hundreds of schools across the nation registered to dance.

Year 5/6 class teacher Emma Wilson said the idea came to her small group of students when they were learning about the drought during poetry classes.

From reading My Country by Dorothea Mackellar and Drought by Jackie French, the students then listened to Raindance by Sara Storer.

The song led to the students deciding to create their own rain dance.

On December 13, St Mary's Catholic School students danced along to Blanco Brown's hit song 'The Git Up'.

More than 100 students, plus teachers and the wider Wellington community joined in on the dance.

St Mary's principal Mrs Leanne Clark said the response from everyone happy to support the campaign was "beautiful", with parents helping out with putting on a sausage sizzle for everyone.

"This is a great way to thank families for what they've done," she said.

Mrs Clark said the ongoing drought is affecting more than just the agricultural sector in the community, with local businesses now feeling the effect.

"We've been looking at ways to support farmers in these tough times," she said.

"This is a great way to have fun and show the community that we're thinking of them."

That Friday St Mary's also host an out-of-school uniform day with a gold coin donation.

Proceeds raised on the day went towards drought charity Rural Aid and the Ronald McDonald House.