Kids win big with short performance

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FRANKSTON Heights Primary School was named among the Victorian winners of the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance performance award.

Ten finalist primary schools from around the state were invited to perform short performances telling a story through a combination of dance, drama and creative movement at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda on Wednesday 12 September.

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Courtesy of the Frankston Times, 24 September 2018.

Gymea Bay Public School and Mater Dei Catholic Primary School nominated for Wakakirri’s national award

With bright smiles and sparkly costumes to match, Gymea Bay Public School and Mater Dei Catholic Primary School are in the running to win a major school performance award.

The primary schools are nominated for national story of the year in the annual performing arts festival, Wakakirri – Australia’s largest performing arts event. It tells stories that express the thoughts, ideas and aspirations of thousands of students.

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Courtesy of St George & Sutherland Shire Leader, September 24, 2018.

Footscray West Primary School makes Wakakirri finals

Footscray West PS’ principal Brendan Millar spoke about the school’s involvement and said the school has been involved in Wakakirri for about 14 years.

“We have had a commitment every 2nd year during the life of our involvement. Wakakirri has been largely developed during lunchtimes as a Club.”

For the first time at the school, this year Wakakirri was developed as part of the curriculum program.

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Courtesy of The Westsider, September 12, 2018.

Chevalier College wins ‘Excellent Ensemble’ at 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge

Chevalier College took home two top awards from the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre earlier this month.

Teacher Anna Chapman said it was the first year Chevalier College had participated in the event and students were thrilled to have been awarded ‘Excellent Ensemble’ and ‘Well-Rehearsed Performance’.

“We had about 30 students from year 7 to year 12, some with dance experience, some without, work together to create a 5-minute story dance,” Ms Chapman said.

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Courtesy of the Southern Highland News, September 13, 2018.

Vincentia Public School’s Wakakirri winning performance

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Teacher Linda Irwin said the students worked hard on their performance for two terms.

“They were 110 per cent committed and they gave up a lunchtime every week and some sports time which was pretty serious for the boys,” Mrs Irwin

Fellow teacher Kerrie Plumb said the students did their school and themselves proud.

Ms Plumb added the event brought the students together.

Courtesy of the South Coast Register, September 11, 2018.

Vincentia High School’s Wakakirri success

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Students at Vincentia High School came up with an award-winning way to highlight the region’s homelessness issue.

The group of talented students, in their section, were announced the Shoalhaven regional winners of the Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.

The theme of their performance was homelessness and their efforts stunned the judges at performance night held recently at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

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Courtesy of the South Coast Register, September 9, 2018.

Kiama Public School students claim four awards at Wakakirri

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Kiama Public School Wakakirri coordinator/teacher Georgia Sellars, said the students performed with energy and enthusiasm.

“They looked amazing in their make-up and costumes and really shone on stage,” she said.

“There was a mix of excitement and nerves before they took to the stage, but once they got out on the stage in front of their family and friends, they put on an amazing performance. When they came off stage, they were buzzing with excitement!”

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Courtesy of Kiama Independent, September 7, 2018.

‘Let them live with us’: Canberra students turn pain into understanding

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Torrens Primary has channelled the hardships faced by refugees and asylum seekers into a performance aimed at promoting a broader understanding of the issue.

Their seven minute story dance, Seeking Freedom, was awarded Best Raising Awareness Story at recent performing arts competition Wakakirri.

The school’s performance followed a refugee, played by Catherine, as she left her homeland in search of a safer future.

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Courtesy of the Canberra Times, September 2, 2018.