Music Matters School Concert Series with Reservoir High School

Wakakirri National Co-ordinator Angela Zangari, along with Damian Seddon and Vivian Than from Reservoir High School speak about this year’s Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.

Hear the full interview here.  (NB: This is a one hour program. To listen to the Wakakirri interview, go to 45.14 – 55.43 minutes.)

Courtesy of Primary Perspectives by SBN (School Broadcasting Network Inc), 3MDR – 97.1FM.  22nd August, 2017.

Warilla Public put the whack in Wakakirri

Primary and secondary schools took part in the annual Wakakirri story dance challenge on Friday.

The competition was held at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, and many local schools, including Warilla Public School, were excited to tell their story in front of hundreds.

The Wakakirri story dance challenge involves schools telling a story by using a blend of drama, dance, creative movement and props.

See more here.

Courtesy of University of Wollongong TV Multimedia – 1st September, 2017

Wakakirri celebrating 25 years of sharing stories

What started out as an event staged with a handful of primary schools at Sutherland Entertainment Centre in Sydney in 1992 has grown into a national event with more than 250 primary and secondary schools participating last year. Wakakirri is now Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools.

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to the Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar NSW. It was chosen to give the event an Australian feel. The Story Dance Challenge invites students to tell a story of their choice using a combination of creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music.

Wakakirri has been designed to be accessible for every Australian school and every Australian school child. This goal will be fully realized in 2017 when the Secondary Challenge expands nationally for the first time.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Education Today – Term 1, 2017

National honours for St Martin’s Wakakirri entry

A TOUCHING performance about homelessness has won St Martin’s Primary School, Carina, this year’s Environmental Category at the annual National Wakakirri Festival.  St Martin’s entry, ‘Love in Action’, revolved around one girl’s need to make a difference after seeing a homeless man while staring out of a window.

The Year 6 students came together to write the story, choreograph the whole thing, build the props, make the costumes and practice for hours in preparation for the competition.  They imagined what it would be like to be homeless, living on the streets, being invisible to those around you, having little or no food to eat.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Brisbane Catholic Education, 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 Story Dance 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.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Coast Community News – 15th September, 2017

Parafield Gardens High School Wakakirri anti-violence performance wins award

AWUR Deng vowed she would do all she could to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence, after her uncle — Anyuag — was killed during a fight last year.

Awur, along with 40 students from Parafield Gardens High School, have taken out an award at Wakakirri — a national storytelling competition — for their performance about the importance of staying safe in social situations.  “My uncle was killed from alcohol-fuelled violence last year as he was in a fight,” Awur, 14, says.

“Our performance represented to me that we all have a choice, we can all make our own decisions and that there is also someone to support you.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Northern Weekly Messenger, November 10, 2017

Traralgon stars on stage

Traralgon College has bagged a string of awards at the recent Wakarirri Festival, a state-wide story-dance competition held at the Recital Centre at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

School teacher and Wakarirri coordinator Toni Callander said the school won several major awards in the annual competition including the main story award for best environment story.

Traralgon College was also recognised for best public speaking, best backstage crew, best sets, best individual costuming and was voted the friendliest school in the competition by other contestants.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Latrobe Valley Express – 30th October, 2017

Mount Annan Christian College wins Wakakirri National Story of the Year Award

Mateship and dedication ­combined to result in Mount Annan Christian College becoming the ­national winner the first time it ­entered the Wakakirri competition.

The story and dance, which celebrated the great Australian ­tradition of mateship, was based loosely on two students at the school.

Continue reading the article here. 

Courtesy of Daniel McGookin, Macarthur Chronicle Camden, October 30, 2017. (AAP Image/Angelo Velardo)

Mount Annan school wins national dance competition

They’d never competed before, but that didn’t stop Mount Annan Christian College students from blitzing the national wakakirri competition. The first-time entrants were so good at the dance contest that they beat thousands of other entrants to be named the best group of all.

Mount Annan Christian College headmaster Gabi Korocz said he was incredibly impressed with the students’ achievement.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser – 26th October, 2017

Brisbane school wins primary Wakakirri Story of the Year

Chapel Hill State School has taken out the Story of the Year award for primary schools at the 2017 Wakakirri Dance Festival; and to say the students were excited by the news would be an understatement.

Music teacher at the Brisbane school, Bridget Cook, says she’d be surprised if the entire suburb of Chapel Hill hadn’t heard them celebrating. “There was so much screaming.”  “You’ve got 90 kids in a confined space and ten adults…it was deafening,” she says.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Education HQ Australia – 25th October, 2017