Radio 2ST Shoalhaven speaks to region’s ‘Story of the Year’ Nominee

Peter Brandtman (filling in for Stretto on The Stretto Show) spoke to the Principal of Shoalhaven Heads Public School, Ms Sarah Baker, about the school’s nomination for Wakakirri’s 2019 ‘Story of the Year’.

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Courtesy Radio 2ST, August 2nd, 2019. 

2019 Results

National Results


  • Primary School Challenge: Berwick Primary School, VIC
  • Secondary School Challenge: Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, VIC
  • Primary Screen Challenge: St Thomas More Catholic Primary School (Emotional Overload), TAS
  • Secondary Screen Challenge: Bayview Secondary College (Cruelty of Cages), TAS
  • Dance School Challenge: Young Audience Actor Theatre “Image”, VIC


  • Primary – Blakehurst Public School, NSW
  • Secondary – The Lakes South Morang P-9 School, VIC


National Environmental Award

  • Primary – Truganina South Primary School, VIC
  • Secondary – Riverside Christian College, QLD

Reconciliation Story Award supported by Reconciliation Australia

  • Primary – Coniston Public School, NSW
  • Secondary – Vincentia High School, NSW

Best New School

  • Primary – Shoalhaven Heads Public School, NSW
  • Secondary – Canterbury College, QLD


Social/News and Media Category

  • Primary – Shoalhaven Heads Public School, NSW
  • Secondary – Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, VIC

Style/Genré Category

  • Primary – Torrens Primary School, ACT
  • Secondary – Trinity College, WA

Entertainment Category

  • Primary – Berwick Primary School, VIC
  • Secondary – Prescott College Southern, SA

Health Category

  • Primary – Enoggera State School, QLD
  • Secondary – Northpine Christian College, QLD

Cultural Category

  • Primary – Hallett Cove East Primary School, SA
  • Secondary – Vincentia High School, NSW

History Category

  • Primary – Fitzgerald State School, QLD
  • Secondary – Mount Annan Christian College, NSW

Environmental Category

  • Primary – Denistone East Public School, NSW
  • Secondary – Geelong Baptist College, VIC

Story-Dance Challenge Results by Region

Results for each region are announced 1 or 2 working days after the last school has performed in that region

Screen Challenge Results

Results for other years

Performing arts participation skyrockets at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College

This year more than 250 students will be part of the school’s Wakakirri Story-Dance production, a program that achieves curriculum outcomes as students prepare a 3–7 minute item to be performed at a professional theatre with other schools. The 2019 competition will be the school’s seventh year.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Education Today, 18 May, 2019.

Many flubs before a touchdown in a performance career

Wakakirri continues to win the patronage of and very precious time from Australia’s performing arts community who recognise the opportunity that the program represents. Wakakirri’s national Story-Dance Challenge provides an accessible opportunity for schools at all levels to engage with the arts and perform on professional stages, and the annual Careers Day was an opportunity for secondary students to further explore career pathways in the arts and entertainment industry.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Education Today, 10 May, 2019.

Yellow Wiggle joins Wakakirri panel

If you’re a fan of the yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins, you might be interested to know that she’ll be on the panel of this year’s Wakakirri Story-Dance Challenge. Known for her dancing, Watkins will join Justine Clarke, Andrew McFarlane, Alex Papps and Caroline Kaspar to adjudicate Australia’s largest performing arts challenge for schools.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Dance Australia, 22 March, 2019.

Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins joins Wakakirri National Panel

The Wiggles are coming to Wakakirri with Emma Watkins the yellow Wiggle joining the 2019 National Panel.

The Wiggles are the world’s favourite children’s entertainment group and Emmy the dancing, drum playing, French speaking, bow wearing Wiggle has charmed audiences everywhere. She is also a passionate advocate for sign language.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Education Today, 18 March, 2019.