Usually, at this time of the year, Jazmin Castle would be feeling the familiar buzz of excitement as she readies to hit the stage in front of a crowd of thousands.
The 12-year-old Turvey Park Public School student has been a featured artist at the annual School Spectacular performance in Sydney since 2018.
But this year, the year 6 student will be watching her past performances from her couch in Wagga, wishing COVID-19 hadn't forced the cancellation of her yearly highlight.
"It's a great feeling in the first show [for the year], you get a lot of butterflies in your stomach before you go on," said the student.
"But then after you've sung, once the show is over, you think 'oh did that really happen, that was so fun'."
Ever since she first experienced that thrill, she was hooked and wanting to come back year after year.
In place of the performance, this year, the NSW Department of Education will showcase a clip show of performances from the past four years during its annually scheduled television slot on Saturday night.
Had the show gone on, this year would have been her final chance to perform as a primary school student.
For some students in year 12 have been given the opportunity to perform again for the final time during Saturday night's broadcast.
Wagga High School's Edward Prescott has pre-recorded a bespoke performance for the occasion.
Unfortunately, without the state ensemble to join, the high school's dancers will not have the same opportunity.
"They have tried to make it special for year 12 students as much as they can, but my year 12 dancers were really devastated they couldn't be a part of it," said Wagga High School teacher Kathryn Fisher.
Each year Ms Fisher and two other regionally-based educators choreograph the state ensemble.
Throughout the year, they travel from school to school teaching the full routine to small groups of students before bringing it all together the night before School Spectacular.
"It's like putting a big jigsaw puzzle together, I'll teach the choreography to about 20 kids at a time and then they all come together for the first time and it's hectic," Ms Fisher said.
"But then when they all come out in costume [for the first show] it really is spectacular."
It's a lot of work, and something Ms Fisher looks forward to. But the hiatus has come as a refreshing change.
"You've got to look at the positives in everything, and it was nice to take a break this year, reflect and reconnect with my creativity," Ms Fisher said.
"I've really realised it's something I do really enjoy."