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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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

Imagination plays across the stage

Lachlan is 11 and goes to Enoggera State School in Queensland.  For the past five years, his school has performed at Wakakirri, and this year it performed its story, Pure Imagination, at the awards night on September 14 and was nominated for Story of the Year.

Wakakirri is a competition, but it’s mostly about participation and having fun.

It takes months to prepare for: we practised and rehearsed every Friday afternoon in terms two and three and on a few Sundays as well.

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Courtesy of Crinkling News – 19th September, 2017

Bendigo student wins surprise $20,000 performance scholarship

A Bendigo teenager could be on her way to becoming the region’s next entertainment superstar after the surprise awarding of a $20,000 performance scholarship this week.

Bendigo South East College year 10 student Olivia Brereton got the surprise of her young life when So You Think You Can Dance judge Jason Coleman made the shock announcement after the school’s performance at the Wakakirri Victorian State Secondary Schools final.

The director of BSE’s performance, Donna Lierse, said Olivia was “ecstatic” when she found out she would get the chance to attend Coleman’s Ministry of Dance performance academy.

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Courtesy of the Bendigo Advertiser – 21st September, 2017

Wakakirri wraps up 2017 season on a high

Wakakirri 2017 has been a brilliant eight-week show season with almost 250 schools shaking and grooving their hearts out to be in the running for the National Story of the Year Award. Recurring themes were homelessness, cyber bullying, the environment, technology and friendship.

Thousands of young students have danced across the stage, and hundreds of teachers and parents have supported behind the scenes in making incredible Story Dances culminating in performing for an audience of over 20,000 people.

The heart of what makes Wakakirri such a special and valuable experience are the stories. With the world not always making sense, giving students an opportunity to tell their own stories in a meaningful and creative way outside of a traditional classroom setting is a powerful, educational and social tool.

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Courtesy of Education Today – 21st September, 2017