2017 Results



Primary School Challenge: Chapel Hill State School, QLD

Secondary School Challenge: Mount Annan Christian College, NSW

Screen Challenge: Port Hedland Primary School, WA


An Meà Environmental Award: Hendon Primary School, SA, and Riverside Christian College, QLD

The Reconciliation Story Award supported by Reconciliation Australia: Thornleigh West Public School, NSW

Best New School: Lysterfield Primary School, VIC, and Karabar High School, ACT


Primary: Upper Ferntree Gully Primary School, VIC

Secondary: Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, VIC


Entertainment Category: The Heights, SA, and Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School, NSW

Style/Genré Category: St Peter Apostle Primary School, VIC, and Mount Annan Christian College, NSW

History Category: Chapel Hill State School, QLD, and Reservoir High School, VIC

Cultural Category: Wanniassa School, ACT

Social/News and Media Category: Randwick Public School, NSW, and Parafield Gardens High School, SA

Environmental Category: St Martin’s Primary School, QLD, and Karabar High School, ACT

Health Category: St John Fisher Tumbi Umbi, NSW, and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, NSW

Primary School Challenge Results by Region

Secondary School Challenge Results by Region

Screen Challenge Results



Secondary students in Wakakirri can earn Certificate II in Dance

In 2017, Wakakirri is celebrating 25 years and is launching an opportunity for Secondary students to gain accreditation in collaboration with Dance Factory – one of the country’s leading providers of Dance Education.

“This new initiative, in which participating students can earn credits that will be recognised within their future tertiary studies, is not only a great opportunity, but a validation of the work and effort that goes into the students and the schools’ artistic creations.”

Read more here.

Courtesy of Education Today, Term 2 2017

Dapto Public School takes top prize in Wakakirri Story of the Year

Dapto Public School’s creative arts program has done it again, winning first place in the Wakakirri National Story of the Year.

It’s a fantastic achievement for the school and its troupe of young performers, coming top out of more than 200 schools across Australia.

Their dance called “Be Inspired” won over the judges against some stiff competition from Sydney schools.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Illawarra Mercury, 28th October, 2016

‘Tears of joy’ for Wakakirri

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-11-14-24-amAfter more than three months of hard work and shows, the Wakakirri story dance competition has finished for another year.

Thirty or so schools from New South Wales and Victoria competed for the story of the year prize but Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School, in NSW, took the top prize.

Warren Flanagan oversaw the story production and rehearsals at Northmead and says the 100 students had “tears of joy” when they watched the announcement during class.

“The students reacted with just pure excitement, they were ecstatic,” says Mr Flanagan.

Read more here.

Courtesy of Crinkling News, October 2016

Cambe kids on a high

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-11-07-33-amCambewarra Public school proved they could mix it on stage with the best primary schools across Australia at Wakakirri 2016, bringing home two of the eight national awards on offer.

The school won the Reconciliation Australia Narragunnawali Story award and the Cultural Category award.

“We’ve performed in Wakakirri on four occasions and this was the first year we were nominated for National Story of the Year,” assistant principal and producer Trent Burns said.

“We really wanted to do well up in Wollongong on the night and anything else was a bonus.”

Read more here.

Courtesy of South Coast Register, 28th October, 2016