A big thing for college

A performance that highlighted the Gurundji tribe’s fight for equality and land rights has earned Carranballac P-9 College a national Wakakirri award.

The Point Cook school took out the Reconciliation Australia/Narragunnawali Story Award for From Little Things, Big Things Grow, which included the songs of Paul Kelly, Kevin Carmody, Yothu Yindi and Ganga Girl.

A group of 36 grade 6 students first performed the piece at a Wakakirri heat at The Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds in July, bagging a number of state awards, before being invited to perform at the Wakakirri National Performance Competition Night at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly, December 5, 2018.

Shaun Tan’s praise for Wakakirri’s Story of the Year

Left: Shaun Tan. Right: ‘The Rabbits’.

Wakakirri’s 2018 Secondary Story of the Year winner, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus, performed an abstract interpretation of the colonisation of Australia inspired by The Rabbits – the iconic picture book authored by John Marsden and illustrated by Shaun Tan.

Shaun Tan was so impressed by the quality of Tumbi Umbi’s performance he sent a special message to the school. Here is his quote in full:

“This is an awesome performance – loved every aspect of it; the lighting, animated elements, costumes, music, and especially the choreography and dancing. At first I was wondering how they could pull off this narrative in seven minutes, but I think it’s done pretty brilliantly by going straight to the core concepts with skilful restraint, and broad enough to have an epic mythological feel about it. Those rabbits are truly terrifying too!

The feeling of bizarre invasion really hits you. And the subtle references to detention were a thought-provoking and elegant metaphor. I’m super impressed that the students themselves did all of this! Amazing. Do pass on my appreciation.” 

Wakakirri’s Natalie Bond receives Minister’s Arts Education Award

Natalie Brennan_Wakakirri_Education South AustraliaWakakirri is proud to announce our South Australian Representative Natalie Bond is the winner of the Minister’s Arts Education Primary Award 2018.

Natalie is the backbone of our South Australian shows, which are some of the biggest Wakakirri shows in the country. Congratulations Natalie and thank you for everything you do!

The prestigious Minister’s Arts Education Awards are in recognition of outstanding achievement and endeavour in arts in education. The awards recognise excellence in teaching in improving children and young people’s learning. The awards aim to highlight outstanding achievement, creativity and leadership of teaching and learning in arts education.



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Teaching, learning and accepting Australia’s true histories since colonisation can be challenging, but plays a key part in promoting reconciliation in the classroom and within the wider community.

An exemplar of how historical truth-telling can be achieved in the educational community context has been demonstrated by Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus’ performance for Wakakirri – Australia’s largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools in Australia. Each year Reconciliation Australia proudly supports the Reconciliation Story Award. This year’s Wakakirri Performance saw 240 schools hit the stage at 40 events in professional theatres across the country, with Tumbi Umbi deservedly winning the Reconciliation Story Award and the Story of the Year in the secondary school category.

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Courtesy of Narragunnawali News, 4 December, 2018.

Prof Tom Calma speaks to Bumma Bippera about Wakakirri

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Wakakirri’s Festival Patron Professor Tom Calma spoke to Bumma Bippera Radio’s National TalkBlack program about Wakakirri’s 2018 season and the winners of the Reconciliation Award.

Courtesy of Bumma Bippera 98.7FM / National Indigenous Radio Serivce, 14 November, 2018.


Students shine a light on Aussie Farmers’ struggle with performance

…Northmead’s Wakakirri coordinator Warren Flanagan, an English, Drama and Entertainment teacher, explained that his students learned the true meaning of the term ‘the Aussie battler’ when they sought to tell a story that “every Australian can relate to”.

“We discovered our Australian climate is very harsh to our farmers and many properties nationally have suffered from the aftermath of extreme weather, with drought being the most severe,” said Mr Flanagan.

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Courtesy of Education Today, November 28, 2018.

College races to the top in Wakakirri competition

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College has maintained its status as Wakakirri award winners, taking out one of this year’s national awards.

The school bagged the National Health Category award for its performance Race of Life, which acknowledges that everybody is dealt a different card in life.

Hoppers Crossing students first performed the item at a Wakakirri heat at The Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds in July, before being invited to perform again at the Victorian Secondary Schools Awards Night at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre in September.

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Courtesy of Star Weekly, November 7, 2018.