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

Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School brings family’s good deed to life

THE selfless act of a former Dimboola woman and her family has been brought to life on stage.   Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School depicted the true story of Heidi Tayler, nee Kay, husband Dave and their children Sam and Bobbie’s drive to help the homeless in Melbourne during the state finals of the Wakakirri dance competition in Melbourne.

Mrs Tayler and her family attended the performance on Monday.  “We were so proud. It was very surreal and amazing that something we thought was so small ended up touching so many people,” she said. “The students did a beautiful job.”

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Courtesy of The Stawell Times-News – 21st September, 2017

The Premier of South Australia attends Wakakirri 2017

The Hon. Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia attended a Wakakirri Performance Night at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre this year. He sent a letter to Wakakirri following the show and stated, “It was a fantastic night, and I know my daughters both loved being involved.  Well done on continuing to provide an exciting, creative outlet for students across Australia.”

Read the full letter here.

Vincentia High School impresses at Wakakirri

Vincentia High School students stunned with their performance ‘Dysmorphic’ at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) recently.

The students performed at Wakakirri, the largest performing arts event for schools in Australia, involving more than 20,000 primary and secondary students in 240 schools across the country.

The story-dance festival encourages students’ to put their thoughts, ideas and aspirations into performance.

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Courtesy of the South Coast Register – 15th September, 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 StoryDance 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

Performance of a lifetime

A performance about one student’s real-life struggle to make it to Australia is in the running for a national award.

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College has bagged six state awards, including best orginal story, at the recent Wakakirri competition for its short play Journey to Freedom, which is based on student Min Pa-Ko’s early childhood.

Min and his family were forced to flee Thailand after the military stormed through their village when he was seven. The family hid in caves and spent time in a refugee camp before getting the necessary papers to settle in Australia. The story also encompasses the personal stories of many other students who fled volatile situations overseas to settle here.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly Wyndham – 12th September, 2017


RANDWICK Public School will encourage people to act selflessly to change the lives of others, when they perform at the finals of the Wakakirri story-dance festival at Homebush on Wednesday.

The group of 100 students have been busy practising their piece ‘Hope for Home’, using colour and movement to tell the story of a homeless girl as she gets a glimpse into the lives of others through a series of windows.

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Courtesy of the Southern Courier, 11th September 2017

Double winners in Wakakirri

TORRENS Primary School and Wanniassa Junior School have been crowned ACT primary champions with their performances in the Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival at Canberra Theatre.

Torrens won its nomination with its performance, “A Gift of Memories”, dealing with the question of dementia, while Wanniassa, as previously reported, performed a Samoan traditional tale, “Nuu Suatia”.

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Courtesy of City News, – 8th September, 2017