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Dancing up a storm: St Philomena's students bust the dust in simultaneous rain dance

St Philomena's students joined in with thousands of others from schools across the country in one big rain dance on Friday.

The local school was one of more than 600 schools around Australia to take part in the Bust the Dust simultaneous rain dance in the hopes of dancing up a drought-breaking storm.

The idea was the brainchild of a class of year 5/6 students from St John's Parish School in Trangie. The students had been learning about drought and wanted to do something to "raise spirits in drought-stricken areas".

After their Bust the Dust video went viral, the Trangie students invited all schools to stop and dance with them on Friday, December 13.

"At 1pm, take a break from the classroom, bust a move and help us to #bustthedust," the students said on the Bust the Dust Facebook event.

"Then simply upload a video of your school dancing to this page, it could be any song, any dance moves and any duration you like!

"What better way to lift up the spirits of people in need while this drought heads into the festive season than with a dance to cheer up everyone doing it tough!"

St Philomena's School teacher Mary Davison saw Bust the Dust go viral on Facebook and thought it'd be nice for local students to "jump on it".

"At this time of year, it's given kids way out west something to look forward to," she said.

About 50 St Philomena's students, from kindergarten to year 10, busted up a storm in the hall following their prize-giving presentation on Friday.

Entry was a gold coin donation, and students raised about $150 which will go towards the St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal.

"It will support our diocese, particularly people in Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Armidale," Mrs Davison said.