Penrith residents will star in a new television series encouraging children to follow their dreams through higher education.
Emu Plains student Amber Dempsey stars as an intrepid reporter in Enquiring Minds, a new 11-episode series premiering on Television Sydney (TVS), digital 44, in March.
Kingswood resident Holly Kaye-Smith is one of the show’s four presenters, taking young people to meet adults who share their interests and have turned them into successful careers.
Enquiring Minds is aimed at inspiring primary school-aged children to turn their childhood passions into a career through study.
Amber, a student at Our Lady of the Way and budding Egyptologist, meets Ronika Power in the show, who takes her through the Museum of Ancient Cultures and shows her the fascinating artefacts it contains – including real mummies!
“Being on the show was really fun, we were looking at all the artefacts,” she said.
“The best bit was looking at a mummy’s head.”
Holly said the experience was very enjoyable.
“I think this series plays a really important role in communicating to kids how important education is and how you go about getting it,” she said.
TVS executive producer Rachel Bentley said she was pleased to be involved in such an inspirational series.
“Children always dream of what they want to do when they grow up, but often the serious conversations around university study don’t occur until they become teenagers,” Ms Bentley said. “For many this can be a little too late.
“This television series is aimed at boosting the participation of disadvantaged primary school children and encouraging their educational inspirations.
“This TV series helps children ‘put themselves into the picture’ as they meet with adults who share interests developed through study and research.”
The first episode of Enquiring Minds sees a fifth grader with a passion for photography meet a photographer who has exhibited throughout Australia and Europe, as well as an animal-lover who is introduced to life under the sea by a marine biologist.
Enquiring Minds premieres on Television Sydney (TVS), digital 44, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 26.
It will repeat at 5.30pm on Wednesdays, 12.30pm on Fridays and 10.30am on Sundays.
Live streaming is also now available via the TVS website. Click "Watch Now" at the top of www.tvs.tv to view.