Vincentia High School impresses at Wakakirri

Vincentia High School students stunned with their performance ‘Dysmorphic’ at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) recently.

The students performed at Wakakirri, the largest performing arts event for schools in Australia, involving more than 20,000 primary and secondary students in 240 schools across the country.

The story-dance festival encourages students’ to put their thoughts, ideas and aspirations into performance.

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Courtesy of the South Coast Register – 15th September, 2017

Tuggerah Lakes dancers are NSW champions

Seventy students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College danced their way to a place in the national final of the Wakakirri StoryDance Festival, after being crowned NSW champions, with their performance ‘Define Smart’, on Thursday, September 7.

With only seven minutes to convey a complete story, the students from Years 7-10 used movement and props to explore the notion that standardised tests, exam scores and their data, capture the essence of intelligence. The performance encouraged the audience to see the myriad of ways that aptitude and excellence can be demonstrated through careers as diverse as construction workers to prima ballerinas.

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Courtesy of Coast Community News – 15th September, 2017

Performance of a lifetime

A performance about one student’s real-life struggle to make it to Australia is in the running for a national award.

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College has bagged six state awards, including best orginal story, at the recent Wakakirri competition for its short play Journey to Freedom, which is based on student Min Pa-Ko’s early childhood.

Min and his family were forced to flee Thailand after the military stormed through their village when he was seven. The family hid in caves and spent time in a refugee camp before getting the necessary papers to settle in Australia. The story also encompasses the personal stories of many other students who fled volatile situations overseas to settle here.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly Wyndham – 12th September, 2017


RANDWICK Public School will encourage people to act selflessly to change the lives of others, when they perform at the finals of the Wakakirri story-dance festival at Homebush on Wednesday.

The group of 100 students have been busy practising their piece ‘Hope for Home’, using colour and movement to tell the story of a homeless girl as she gets a glimpse into the lives of others through a series of windows.

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Courtesy of the Southern Courier, 11th September 2017

Double winners in Wakakirri

TORRENS Primary School and Wanniassa Junior School have been crowned ACT primary champions with their performances in the Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival at Canberra Theatre.

Torrens won its nomination with its performance, “A Gift of Memories”, dealing with the question of dementia, while Wanniassa, as previously reported, performed a Samoan traditional tale, “Nuu Suatia”.

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Courtesy of City News, – 8th September, 2017

Wakakirri Challenge brings out the best stories

EVER seen the crowds of children gathered outside the Canberra Theatre for the “Wakakirri” showcase, and wondered what it was all about?  Well, this week there’s a chance to find out, when the ACT Region Wakakirri Primary School Challenge takes place on stage.

This week will see the local award-winning shows battle it out to go onto the 25th Anniversary National finals, which will be announced in late October. Over 20,000 primary and secondary students in 240 schools across the country are involved.

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Courtesy of City News, – 4th September, 2017

A bright future in film

A short film starring young Wyndham actress Mariah will screen at a Sydney film festival this week.  Mariah, 11, spent three days filming The Passage of Flick earlier this year.  The movie will be shown at the Joy House Film Festival at the Hoyts Mandarin Centre in Chatswood this Sunday.

In a few weeks’ time, she will also play the lead role in her school’s entry into the WAKAKIRRI arts festival on September 18 at Hamer Hall.  Mariah said she hoped to continue acting and become a drama teacher, or open her own drama and dance studio.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly Wyndham – 5th September, 2017


Hope for homeless

Polly Littlewood is doing big things when it comes to helping out the homeless – and not her classmates at Randwick Public School are spreading the message through performance.

A 100 strong group of students have been nominated for the Best Raising Awareness Story Award for the NSW division two finals at the Wakakirri story-dance festival, to be held at Homebush on September 12.

They will perform ‘Hope from Home’ following the story of a homeless girl as she looks in through the windows of other’s lives, recognising how one selfless act can inspire people to make a world of change.

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Courtesy of the Southern Courier -5th September, 2017

Interview with Viv Nolan from Vincentia High School on The Stretto’ Show 2ST Nowra

Have a listen to teacher, Viv Nolan chatting with Stretto’ on 2ST about Vincentia High School’s Wakakirri journey from rehearsals to the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.  The next stop is NIDA Theatre for the Awards Night in Sydney.  Hear how Wakakirri has positively impacted this school community.

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Courtesy of 2ST Nowra.

Dance highlights tragedy

What does the Hillsborough disaster in England on 15 April, 1989, and the 2017 mid-September Berwick Lodge Primary School dance event have in common?

The answer is Wakakirri – an Australian story-dance festival for primary and secondary school students.  Every year, the Wakakirri festival inspires and motivates hundreds of schools to tell – or retell – great stories in the form of dance.

From fairy tales to swashbuckling adventures, Wakakirri has it all.  But this year, Berwick Lodge Primary School’s Performing Arts teacher Lorraine Montgomery decided to do something a little different.

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Courtesy of Berwick News – 31st August, 2017