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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Courtesy of Education HQ Australia – 25th October, 2017

Surprise scholarships to go to Vic Wakakirri finalists

Olivia Brereton from Bendigo South East College and Wada Kuan and Min Pakoo from Hoppers Crossing Secondary College were awarded the surprise scholarships by Coleman at the Wakakirri Victorian State Secondary Schools Final at the Melbourne Recital Centre on September 20.

The scholarships enable the three students to study at Coleman’s Ministry of Dance for two years.

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College Wakakirri Coordinator Kate Elmer says that both Wada and Min had no idea about their scholarships until Coleman announced it on stage.

“When Jason walked over to them to announce that both students would be receiving a $20,000 scholarship they were both in shock… both Wada and Min were in disbelief that someone would recognise their talent in such a significant way,” she says.

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Courtesy of Education HQ Australia – 24th October, 2017

Hoppers Crossing students score scholarships

So you think you can dance? These two Hoppers Crossing Secondary College students think they have the moves – and celebrity dancer Jason Coleman agrees.

The year 12 students, Min Pakoo and Wada Kuan, were each awarded with $20,000 scholarships to Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance for 2018 following their performances in this year’s story and dance Wakakirri competition.

The school bagged a number of state awards, including best original story, at the competition for its short play Journey to Freedom, which is based on Min’s early childhood.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly Wyndham, 18th October, 2017

The Little Things Make A Difference

On Statewide Drive earlier this year we heard the story of two young kids from Mulwala who were so moved by the homelessness they saw in Melbourne they badgered their parents to do something to help. They ended up baking 100 packets of biscuits and handing them around the city streets to those sleeping rough. 🍪 🍪 🍪

Listening to the story was Mark Busbridge, performing arts teacher at Holy Trinity Lutheran School. Mark was so moved by the simple generosity show by the kids that he turned the story into a dance. The resulting dance “The Little Things” has been nominated for the most original story as a part of the Wakakirri Story Dance festival.

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Listen to the full radio interview here.

Courtesy of ABC Western Victoria, 14th September, 2017

Extraordinary talents emerge from stage left

DOROTHY walks down a narrow corridor, Toto in hand.  It’s dark, but she can just make out the silhouette of the world’s greatest thief, Carmen Sandiego, hiding in the shadows.

At the end of the hallway, Dorothy can see the sorcerer’s apprentice standing in a bright glow, enchanting a broom to sweep around him.  Meanwhile, Snow White sits to the side with a group of trolls waiting patiently for their turn in the spotlight.

As Dorothy prepares to walk out in front of the crowd, she whispers to Toto: “I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more.”

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Courtesy of Crinkling News – 19th September, 2017