• October 15, 2020

Nicholson Street Public School in East Balmain is best known for its annual Halloween festival, now in what would be its 33rd year, where the local community comes together dressed up as witches and ghouls to participate in a host of Halloween activities from the haunted house to the monster mash.

Each year the local business community has been key in supporting the school, providing sponsorship funds and prizes for the Halloween silent auction to raise money for resources.

This year, with the possibility of a festival off the cards due to COVID, the P&C has pivoted to give back to the local business community, who is core to the ongoing success of the school.

Says Mrs Sue Ross, Principal of Nicholson Street Public School, “We teach our students to be resilient and adapt to change, and we cement our teaching with our actions, morphing the festival into the Tricks and Treats Book for 2020.” Full of great offers and discounts to local businesses the Nicholson Street Public School Tricks and Treats discount book, just like the well-loved Entertainment Book, will provide a much-needed surge in customers and sales in the local area. Inside you will nd other Halloween-inspired activities to keep the kids entertained, along with an offer for everyone including a seven-day free pass to Balmain Fitness; $75 off a treatment at Artisan; buy one meal get one free at East Village Hotel; and 40% off a family yoga class at Yoga Budz.

Despite challenging times for business, ongoing key sponsors of the school, Cobden and Hayson, have continued their unwavering support along with Woolworths who will run a pumpkin-carving competition from October 17 – 31, 2020. Matt Hayson Says “At Cobden & Hayson we believe a strong supportive community is our strongest asset. That’s why over the past 25 years we’ve supported more local businesses, sports teams, schools and community events than any other agency. No matter what lies ahead, C&H will always prioritise community initiatives because we love where we live and we’re always here to support.”

The total value of the discount book is well over $1,000 and can be purchased from for $59. Funds raised will continue to support the teaching staff and students for resources inside and outside the classroom.

“We believe that through education and strong connections with our community, we will provide our students with the knowledge, skills and understandings they need to achieve their goals and make a positive difference to their own lives and to the lives of those around them. The Tricks and Treats book is about giving back to the community. It has a triple impact: helping families save money; providing our local businesses with an injection of customers; and raising money from the sale of the book to help create a better learning environment for our school,” says Ross. “A sincere thank you from all at Nicho for purchasing this book and helping to support our community, demonstrating the power of the Peninsula during these di cult times.”

Nicholson Street Public School is located on the eastern tip of the Balmain Peninsula and has been an integral part of the area since its foundation in 1883.

For further media enquiries please contact the P&C Halloween Committee
M. 0405 833 529

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