Storytelling, arts and teamwork at Wakakirri

Pearcedale Primary School_Wakakirri

Pearcedale Primary is performing in Wakakirri for the ninth year in a row. Pearcedale’s Wakakirri coordinator and performing arts teacher Katie Davies says taking part in the event is embedded in the school’s community and culture.

‘Our students know that when they get to Year 5 and 6 they get to do Wakakirri, and for most of them it’s the highlight of their year.’

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Courtesy of the Victorian Department of Education, August 13, 2018.

First Yanchep Secondary College dance team enters Wakakirri

Yanchep Secondary College Wakakirri

YANCHEP Secondary College is entering Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools, Wakakirri, next week.

Teacher Sherree Gull said it was the school’s first Wakakirri performance following its opening earlier this year.

“The students are extremely excited to be competing for the first time and I’m so proud of what my students have achieved,” she said.

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Courtesy of North Coast Times, August 3rd, 2018.

Samoan boy’s story inspires Wakakirri story

In 2009, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated villages in Samoa.

After the natural disaster, one family decided to leave and pursue a life in Queensland.

Their son, Christian, is now an arts captain at Kingston State School and his story, of his struggles and rise to success in Australia, will be shared as part of the school’s Wakakirri performance.

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Courtesy of The Courier Mail, July 28th, 2018.

Logan hosts Qld heats of Australia’s biggest Aussie schools dance comp

THE Queensland heats of Australia’s largest schools performing arts festival will land in Logan in an explosion of colour and excitement.

Hundreds of primary and secondary school students from across Australia will perform in the national showcase with five Logan schools among the 22 that perform at the five-day event Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge from Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 3.

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Courtesy of the Jimbooma Times, July 29th, 2018.

Students get real-world experience as part of Wakakirri

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar New South Wales, and that’s exactly what students from Bass High School in South West Sydney plan on doing when the competition kicks off again this year.

Teacher Helen McGuckin has been entering her elective Performance and Dance class into the nationwide performing arts competition since 2015, and stresses there is nothing like real-world experience and real-world judges to bring out the absolute best in her students.

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Courtesy of Education HQ, June 25th, 2018.

Arts career takes passion and toughness

Wakakirri Careers Day Panel 2018

Three of Australia’s most familiar faces from TV and the stage gave a packed audience of budding actors, dancers and directors assembled at the Wakakirri Performing Arts Careers Day their advice for establishing a career in show business and it was pretty real; the route is going to be hard most likely, hard but not impossible.

Alex Papps, Michala Banas and Joshua Horner told the crowd that if you muster all of your passion, dedication, talent and toughness there is more opportunity in the performing arts than ever before, it’s just that you have to be very single minded to make it.

What became clear was that while there are many pathways that can lead you to a career in the arts there is one constant: persistence.

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Courtesy of Education Today, June 11th, 2018.

Wakakirri to Inspire Next Generation

Prominent members of the entertainment industry will be sharing insights with the next generation of Australian stars at Wakakirri’s Performing Arts Careers Day at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) on Monday, May 28.

A free event for secondary students in Victoria, schools are invited to bring along a team of students and teachers to a special day where they will be inspired, encouraged and informed about what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry.

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Courtesy of Dance Informa, May 14th, 2018.

Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge coming to Ulumbarra on July 31

The Wakakirri Challenge is encouraging schools to create story dances for its Ulumbarra performance in July.  Involving more than 20,000 students from all around Australia, the Story Dance Challenge sees schools create work based on their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

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Courtesy of Bendigo Advertiser, 11th April, 2018.
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School makes a big splash on the national stage

Students and teachers from Chapel Hill State School have overcome fierce opposition from across every state and sector to win the largest performing arts event for schools in Australia.  The 90-strong Chapel Hill SS team, supported by a dedicated group of nine teachers, took the prize with “Turning Heads, Making Waves”, the story of swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell, from their childhood in Malawi through to winning 4×100 metre freestyle relay gold at the Rio Olympics.

Looking back to February 2017 when the road to the finals began, music teacher Bridget Cook recalled: “We decided that we wanted to tell a story about inspirational women, and the Campbells were actually students at this school, so we thought we’d tell their story.

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Courtesy of Queensland Teachers’ Journal, February 2018 (Volume 123)

Dedicated performing arts teachers do a better job

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools. The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is our in-house program that provides schools with a performing arts teacher to guide students in creating their Story Dance leading up to and including the performance night. Many schools do not have a dedicated performing arts teacher, and studies show that students have a richer experience with the arts when their teachers are confident and skilled in specialist arts teaching.

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Courtesy of Education Today, Term 1 2018.