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Teaching, learning and accepting Australia’s true histories since colonisation can be challenging, but plays a key part in promoting reconciliation in the classroom and within the wider community.

An exemplar of how historical truth-telling can be achieved in the educational community context has been demonstrated by Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus’ performance for Wakakirri – Australia’s largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools in Australia. Each year Reconciliation Australia proudly supports the Reconciliation Story Award. This year’s Wakakirri Performance saw 240 schools hit the stage at 40 events in professional theatres across the country, with Tumbi Umbi deservedly winning the Reconciliation Story Award and the Story of the Year in the secondary school category.

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Courtesy of Narragunnawali News, 4 December, 2018.

Prof Tom Calma speaks to Bumma Bippera about Wakakirri

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Wakakirri’s Festival Patron Professor Tom Calma spoke to Bumma Bippera Radio’s National TalkBlack program about Wakakirri’s 2018 season and the winners of the Reconciliation Award.

Courtesy of Bumma Bippera 98.7FM / National Indigenous Radio Serivce, 14 November, 2018.


Students shine a light on Aussie Farmers’ struggle with performance

…Northmead’s Wakakirri coordinator Warren Flanagan, an English, Drama and Entertainment teacher, explained that his students learned the true meaning of the term ‘the Aussie battler’ when they sought to tell a story that “every Australian can relate to”.

“We discovered our Australian climate is very harsh to our farmers and many properties nationally have suffered from the aftermath of extreme weather, with drought being the most severe,” said Mr Flanagan.

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Courtesy of Education Today, November 28, 2018.

College races to the top in Wakakirri competition

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College has maintained its status as Wakakirri award winners, taking out one of this year’s national awards.

The school bagged the National Health Category award for its performance Race of Life, which acknowledges that everybody is dealt a different card in life.

Hoppers Crossing students first performed the item at a Wakakirri heat at The Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds in July, before being invited to perform again at the Victorian Secondary Schools Awards Night at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre in September.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly, November 7, 2018.

Richmond North Public School Wakakirri performers named Primary People’s Choice in Australia

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“The teachers, students, parents and community members are so proud to win the national people’s choice award,” [Ms Kane] said.

“Every child at our school was involved in the dance in some way, whether it was helping painting the Indigenous sunset and river or helping with costumes.

“The whole school community supported each other throughout the year and this was evident throughout the dances.”

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Courtesy of the Hawkesbury Gazette, October 26, 2018.