Torrens Primary’s asylum seeker journey a Wakakirri winner

Torrens Primary School is celebrating a national award in the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge for its thought-provoking entry on the plight of asylum seekers…

Year 5 teacher Sarah Nicholas said an inspiration for the performance was an Angela May George’s picture book Out, which tells the story of a little girl fleeing her homeland, making a long and treacherous boat journey with her mother to seek asylum in Australia.

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Courtesy of RiotACT!, 24 October, 2019.

College Wakakirri dance festival success

Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran College students have won a major award in one of the largest performing arts festivals for schools in Australia.

A school dance group won a Natural Cultural award as part of Wakakirri, a festival involving 240 primary and secondary schools at 40 professional venues across Australia.

The school’s story dance ‘The Colour is Within’, reflected on the experiences of Aboriginal Stolen Generation children.

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Courtesy of The Weekly Advertiser, October 24, 2018.

Torrens Primary wins top dance award

TORRENS Primary School has won a top national award in the finals of 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.

The school has taken out the National Social Media and News Category Award.

Torrens Primary’s students, under the guidance of their teacher Sarah Nicholas, created a short theatre piece about asylum seekers seeking refuge in Australia.

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Courtesy of Canberra City News, October 21, 2018.

Bindi’s story wins gold

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Sunshine Beach State School struck gold when they recruited 42 students to join their Wakakirri team this year, taking out the Sunshine Coast Regional Finals…

Students from Years 4 to 6, (and a courageous young boy from Year 1 playing Robert Irwin) dedicated months of rehearsals to ensure their performance was perfect. With a menagerie of animals and an army of khaki, the story took life on the stage of the Caloundra Events Centre. The judges called the performances ‘stunning’ and praised the cast for their ‘very strong and beautifully portrayed emotional transitions’.

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Courtesy of Noosa Today, October 12, 2018.

All the World’s a Stage

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…It’s an exciting and exhilarating competition that focuses on teamwork, respect and developing interpersonal skills rather than competitive attributes and behaviours.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend the State Finals at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne. It was a spectacular show that entertained an audience of hundreds. Students from schools around Victoria came to perform in the competition and they all brought their hearts and souls to the stage.

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Courtesy of Debate Report, October 7, 2018.