ABOUT 600 local schoolchildren from the Western Division spent yesterday getting to know more than 200 Australian school leavers a little bit better.
Free-style dancing and organised meke performances by local school students kept the visitors entertained and in high spirits at the Natabua High School grounds, despite the heat that enveloped Lautoka.
Organised by SOS Unleashed, an Australian non-profit sport and goodwill organisation, the event attracted about 2000 students, teachers and parents.
Last week, a similar event held at the school grounds attracted about 250 Australian and 800 local schoolchildren.
Peter Cole, co-founder of SOS Unleashed, said $340,000 worth of sporting equipment would be distributed to rural schools when the program winds up in a few weeks time. "About 20,000 Fijian youths and children will benefit from this cultural exchange," Mr Cole said.
Schoolies are Australian final year high school students.