Country week has been rescheduled due to the likelihood of high COVID-19 cases next term, making it the third consecutive year the event has been affected by the pandemic.
The Department of Education has postponed this year’s event to August 29 to September 3 in Term 3.
The highly anticipated annual school sports tournament was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus crisis.
Last year, just as buses were arriving in Perth for country week, the event was cancelled again because of Perth and Peel COVID restrictions.
Narrogin Senior High School principal Sandii Stankovic sent out a letter to parents and carers last week to inform them of the “disappointing” news.
“In line with current health advice, the rescheduling of the event to Term 3 is deemed necessary, as there is a possibility WA will remain in a high caseload environment in Term 2,” Ms Stankovic said.
“I acknowledge the disappointment our students (and staff) felt that the event was unable to go ahead as planned in 2020 and 2021.
“Being a part of country week creates a real sense of community and pride.”
Thousands of high school students and hundreds of staff members from about 40 different schools travel from around the State to take part in the annual tournament in Perth.
The multi-sport competition is the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
“Our regional communities proudly come together for this important tradition and contribute to a week that many regard as a rite of passage and core memory for our students,” Ms Stankovic said.
“I acknowledge the tireless effort everyone puts into country week, from fundraising to training, and all the behind-the-scenes preparation that goes in to making the event happen.
“The Department of Education is working with the appropriate parties to allow for maximum participation of schools, while ensuring appropriate measures are in place.”
NSHS will be prioritising Year 12 students who have missed the opportunity to participate in the previous two years.
“We hope everyone gets the opportunity to experience it this year,” Ms Stankovic said.
“To that end we will be prioritising Year 12 students to ensure they can participate in their final year.
“This will include examining amending planned events and exam preparation plans.”