Storytelling, arts and teamwork at Wakakirri

Pearcedale Primary School_Wakakirri

Pearcedale Primary is performing in Wakakirri for the ninth year in a row. Pearcedale’s Wakakirri coordinator and performing arts teacher Katie Davies says taking part in the event is embedded in the school’s community and culture.

‘Our students know that when they get to Year 5 and 6 they get to do Wakakirri, and for most of them it’s the highlight of their year.’

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Courtesy of the Victorian Department of Education, August 13, 2018.

First Yanchep Secondary College dance team enters Wakakirri

Yanchep Secondary College Wakakirri

YANCHEP Secondary College is entering Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools, Wakakirri, next week.

Teacher Sherree Gull said it was the school’s first Wakakirri performance following its opening earlier this year.

“The students are extremely excited to be competing for the first time and I’m so proud of what my students have achieved,” she said.

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Courtesy of North Coast Times, August 3rd, 2018.

Samoan boy’s story inspires Wakakirri story

In 2009, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated villages in Samoa.

After the natural disaster, one family decided to leave and pursue a life in Queensland.

Their son, Christian, is now an arts captain at Kingston State School and his story, of his struggles and rise to success in Australia, will be shared as part of the school’s Wakakirri performance.

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Courtesy of The Courier Mail, July 28th, 2018.

Logan hosts Qld heats of Australia’s biggest Aussie schools dance comp

THE Queensland heats of Australia’s largest schools performing arts festival will land in Logan in an explosion of colour and excitement.

Hundreds of primary and secondary school students from across Australia will perform in the national showcase with five Logan schools among the 22 that perform at the five-day event Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge from Tuesday, July 31 to Friday, August 3.

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Courtesy of the Jimbooma Times, July 29th, 2018.

2018 Results

Announcement of results

Performance Show results will be announced 1 to 2 working days after the last school has performed in the region.  The National Results will be announced on October 17th.  To keep up to date with the latest results, follow us on Facebook

Primary School Challenge Results by Region

Secondary School Challenge Results by Region

Dance Challenge Results

Screen Challenge Results


Students get real-world experience as part of Wakakirri

The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’ according to Wangaaypuwan people from Cobar New South Wales, and that’s exactly what students from Bass High School in South West Sydney plan on doing when the competition kicks off again this year.

Teacher Helen McGuckin has been entering her elective Performance and Dance class into the nationwide performing arts competition since 2015, and stresses there is nothing like real-world experience and real-world judges to bring out the absolute best in her students.

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Courtesy of Education HQ, June 25th, 2018.

Arts career takes passion and toughness

Wakakirri Careers Day Panel 2018

Three of Australia’s most familiar faces from TV and the stage gave a packed audience of budding actors, dancers and directors assembled at the Wakakirri Performing Arts Careers Day their advice for establishing a career in show business and it was pretty real; the route is going to be hard most likely, hard but not impossible.

Alex Papps, Michala Banas and Joshua Horner told the crowd that if you muster all of your passion, dedication, talent and toughness there is more opportunity in the performing arts than ever before, it’s just that you have to be very single minded to make it.

What became clear was that while there are many pathways that can lead you to a career in the arts there is one constant: persistence.

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Courtesy of Education Today, June 11th, 2018.