Katoomba High School’s dynamos of dance and drama

The school is one of six finalists to perform at the Sydney Secondary Awards Night on September 10 at NIDA Theatres. The six schools are all in the running for the coveted national Story of the Year Award, decided by Wakakirri’s national panel.

Year 11 student Lauren Hastie directed Katoomba High’s 2017 production of Lord of the Flies, and helped create the latest retelling, which focused on drama and dance rather than dialogue.

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Courtesy of the Blue Mountains Gazette, August 31, 2018.

Wakakirri performance proves South School kids can achieve greatness

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A dramatisation of the Thomas Foods fire has reduced audiences to tears at Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Murray Bridge South Primary School students performed a six-and-a-half-minute version of the story last Wednesday night as part of Wakakirri, a performing arts event.

Principal Stuart Kitto said the children’s performance was amazing.

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Courtesy of the Murray Valley Standard, August 29, 2018.

Students tell stories through dance at Wakakirri festival

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Marsden State Primary School drama teacher Michael Duncan was in charge of his school’s Wakakirri performance, “This is Africa”.

He said it was an honor to help the students prepare for the festival.

“It’s heartwarming to see the effort and passion the kids put into their performances each year,” Mr Duncan said.

“It’s really a highlight in my career to be a part of it all.”

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Courtesy of The Source News, August 28, 2018.


Gerringong students win regional award at Wakakirri dance challenge

Gerringong Public School_Wakakirri

Wakakirri’s 2018 performance season is in full swing, with 235 schools and thousands of students taking to the stage at professional theatres across Australia to perform story dances that reflect their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through dance and drama.

Last week in Wollongong schools from around the region performed at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

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Courtesy of the Kiama Independent, August 27, 2018.

Wakakirri success for Tullimbar, Mount Brown, Mount Warrigal and Gerringong public schools

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Four Illawarra school’s have shone during the Wollongong leg of the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.

A number of schools came together at the WIN Entertainment Centre recently to perform original Story Dance productions that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

Mount Warrigal Public School and Tullimbar Public School were nominated for the national Story of the Year Award.

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Courtesy of The Illawarra Mercury, August 27, 2018.

Wakakirri 2018: Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran College to compete in state awards

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HORSHAM students will reflect on the experiences of the Stolen Generation children in a state performance challenge.

Holy Trinity Lutheran College’s secondary team is among nine Victorian finalists in the 2018 Wakakirri story dance competition.

Students have been working all year on their performance The Colour is Within.

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Courtesy of The Wimmera Mail-Times, August 24, 2018.

Yanchep Secondary College dancers win multiple awards at Wakakirri

Yanchep Secondary College_Wakakirri

YANCHEP Secondary College won multiple awards for its inaugural year in the Wakakirri performing arts event.

…Yanchep’s dancers won the state award for ‘Junko’s Story’ as well as awards for excellent group dance, excellent staging, excellent performance teamwork and best minimal use of sets, props and costumes.

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Courtesy of the North Coast Times, August 22, 2018.

Wakakirri wonders share performance gift

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Students at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Como-Oyster Bay have received a Spirit of Wakakirri award for a moving performance that chronicles the simple joys in a person’s life.

The Australia-wide competition gives students six minutes to tell a story through dance and is among the activities students at St Joseph’s look forward to taking part in once every two years.

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Courtesy of About Catholic Schools Magazine, August 16, 2018.