One of the biggest gatherings of public school students in the Illawarra takes place in Kiama on Thursday as part of Education Week celebrations.
Five schools, 1000 parents and citizens and more than 1500 students from the Kiama area will join together for a picnic in Hindmarsh Park to celebrate public education for the Celebrating Public Education in the Park event.
Minnamurra Public School principal Warren Grosse, said the event provided a way to show the public the many wonderful elements associated with attending a public school.
"The schools that make up the Kiama Learning Community are proud of their students and their achievements in not only the traditional educational side of schooling but also the sense of community, the inclusiveness, and the values they represent and promote," Mr Grosse said.
"We will be showcasing our many talented students and more importantly promoting the community values that flow through our wonderful schools."
Students from Kiama High School, Kiama Public School, Gerringong Public School, Jamberoo Public School and Minnamurra Public School will take part in a range of activities from Indonesian singing, dancing, band and choir performances as well as putting on plays and skits, and a dance routine.
"It's not often that we can all meet as a whole community of schools and you don't often see such a mass of students and colour in Hindmarsh Park," Mr Grosse said.
The event runs from 10am to 1.30pm.