Cambe kids on a high

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-11-07-33-amCambewarra Public school proved they could mix it on stage with the best primary schools across Australia at Wakakirri 2016, bringing home two of the eight national awards on offer.

The school won the Reconciliation Australia Narragunnawali Story award and the Cultural Category award.

“We’ve performed in Wakakirri on four occasions and this was the first year we were nominated for National Story of the Year,” assistant principal and producer Trent Burns said.

“We really wanted to do well up in Wollongong on the night and anything else was a bonus.”

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Courtesy of South Coast Register, 28th October, 2016

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School wins Wakakirri National Story of the Year Award

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-12-23-13-pmIt was second time lucky for Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School.  Eight months of hard work paid off when the school was announced as Wakakirri national story of the year.

Actress Justine Clarke, who led the judging panel said it was a tough decision.  “I was absolutely blown away by the high standard across the board from choreography and storytelling to the dancing,” she said.  “I went with the one that moved me the most.”

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Courtesy of Hills News, 25th October, 2016

Pearcedale Primary School wins Wakakirri wildlife division with story about plight of orang-utans

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-10-10-37-amPEARCEDALE  Primary School has won a storytelling contest with a tale about palm oil plantations and the plight of orang-utans in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The school won the Wakakirri division at the Victorian event for the best wildlife story and are now in the running for the national title.

Teacher Kate Davies said the students were very interested in the concept of orang-utan habitat destruction due to palm oil plantations after hearing a guest speaker talk about the issue.

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Courtesy of Cranbourne Leader, October 18, 2016

Bendigo school wins national performing arts award

bendigo-south-east-college-jul25-0003A group of students from a Bendigo secondary school have taken out first place in their category in a national performing arts competition.

Bendigo South East College was awarded best health story for its performance in the Wakakirri festival, having previously won the award at a state level.

Their performance told the story of a girl’s fight against cancer through song and dance.

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Courtesy of Bendigo Advertiser, 21st October, 2016

Newcastle confirmed as location for Wakakirri schools’ concert next year

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-9-47-37-amYOU’RE meant to dance to a tune – but more Hunter schools will also be telling a story to a tune as the Wakakirri performing arts spectacular comes to Newcastle.

Organisers have announced the popular students’ show will host an event in the city next year, as part of a push to get more schools involved in the nationwide performance.

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Courtesy of the Newcastle Herald, 24th October, 2016

Wakakirri to emphasise secondary schools in 2017

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-06-47-pmPrimary schools in all states have been participating in Wakakirri since 1992, with secondary school entries limited to NSW and Vic. In 2017 this will expand to ACT, Qld, SA and WA.

2016 has been a year of high demand for Wakakirri. As secondary school performances have gained popularity, the Festival has announced plans to make secondary participation nationwide in 2017.

Students from 240 primary and secondary schools across Australia created Story Dances for the largest performing arts event in the country in 2016, performing their Story Dances in professional theatres in front of a Wakakirri panel of entertainment industry judges.

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Courtesy of Education Today, Term 4 2016

Grammar school Wakakirri achievements

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-20-21-pmOn September 21, Blue Mountains Grammar School primary students competed in the NSW Sydney Region finals of the 2016 Wakakirri competition.

Wakakirri is a national festival that includes more than 20,000 students across Australia, with competitors sharing stories using dance, movement and acting.

The cast from Blue Mountains Grammar Junior School received two awards for their performance entitled “Under the Southern Stars” which focused on the Eureka Rebellion of 1854. They won Best Australian History Award and Spirit of Wakakirri Award and the group were commended for the amazing acting, singing and dancing talents of the students.

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Courtesy of Blue Mountains Gazette, 29th September, 2016

Northmead Public School joint winners of Wakakirri primary school division one state final

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-07-36-pmNorthmead Public School stole the stage once again at the recent Wakakirri state final.

The school is a national story of the year nominee for a consecutive year after tying for first place with Dapto Public School in the state final held at Sydney Olympic Park last month.

The school also won awards for best celebration story and most creative use of a signature item, which was a star.

One hundred students were involved in the Strictly Ballroom inspired production, A Life Without Dance is a Life Half Lived.

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Courtesy of Parramatta Sun, 29th September, 2016

College story resonates

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-28-03-amTraralgon College has taken home a string of awards in the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge grand final with its contemporary adaption of a classic fairytale.

Placing in the top seven in the state, the school’s take on ‘The Ugly Duckling’ resulted in prizes in the categories of best individual costume design, best make-up and hair, best set design and friendliest school at the heats.

During the final it was presented with the award for best anti-bullying story.

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Courtesy of Latrobe Valley Express, September 27, 2016

WAKAKIRRI to raise the roof in ACT finals

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-9-20-59-amPRIMARY AND SECONDARY students across Australia have expressed the issues important to them, in performances for the 2016 Wakakirri performing arts showcases.

Each year hundreds of schools across Australia create ‘story dances’ for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. A Wakakirri Story Dance is a 3-7 minute performance using any combination of dance, creative movement, acting, music, props, costumes, sets, and in some cases, film, projections and singing.

Here’s an example of a story, this one  from Telopea Park School: “Their habitat is disappearing … Two little polar bears, guided by a star, are on a mission to find out why this is happening. Whose fault is it? The water? The air? The fire? The earth? What will they discover at the end of their quest?”

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Courtesy of, September 21, 2016