Major Partner – The Victorian Government & Youth Central

The Victorian Government is proud to be the major partner of the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge in Victoria.  The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge makes a real difference to the lives of young people, enabling and empowering them to participate in society in productive and creative ways. Through Wakakirri, young people develop leadership, production, communication and performance skills and are also recognised for their team work, commitment and creativity.


Youth Central, the Victorian Government website for young people, includes stories of a number of young people undertaking career pathways both in front of and behind the camera in the media, arts and entertainment industry.  

Major Partner – Muffin Break

From humble beginnings, Muffin Break now has over 210 stores in Australia. We’re a family owned and operated business. Each of our stores is locally owned and operated by our franchisees who are proud of the communities they serve and love nothing more than to see you leave with a smile on your face. With so many of our stores in regional towns, we truly believe in supporting local charities to make a difference in these communities.

Foundation Partner – Reconciliation Australia

Established in 2001 Reconciliation Australia is the national lead body on reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation Australia supports the Wakakirri Association to meet the aim of promoting participation in Wakakirri programs by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and assists Wakakirri to promote reconciliation with the national Reconciliation Story Award. Wakakirri’s long term Patron, Professor Tom Calma AO, is Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia.

Media Partner – dancetrain magazine

Inspiring and educating Australia’s student dancers since 2000.  dancetrain magazine is a gorgeous 112 page book produced every two months.  The only dance media to shoot and film Australian student dancers performing.  Every year dancetrain features a double page pictorial spread of Wakakirri students.  A favourite teaching aid for high school dance teachers.

Dance Partner – Footsteps Dance Company


Footsteps is passionate about placing an instructor in your school to develop active, creative risk takers.
We are your local dance and drama specialists. A moving student is a learning student. Creating new learning experiences for students. Embracing a broader curriculum. Developing imagination and creativity. When we think of wellbeing, children exposed to the arts are more empathetic, kinder and more collaborative. See how Footsteps can compliment your PA framework by calling us on 1300 760 588 or email [email protected]

Dance Partner – Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance

Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance is your one stop hub for all things entertainment. From a Production House and Talent Agency to a Junior Dance School, Venue Hire, Community Outreach Programs, Professional Dance and Musical Theatre Qualifications, Event Management and Festivals we welcome all prospective clients whatever your dreams entail in the world of dance and entertainment!

Music Partner – Australian Children’s Music Foundation

Australian Children's Music FoundationThe Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) was founded in 2002 by Don Spencer OAM. It is a registered charity that provides free, long-term and sustainable music programs to children and youth at risk in schools, juvenile justice centres, and music therapy in hospitals – particularly the disadvantaged and Indigenous. Worldwide research has proven that participation in music making has significant educational, emotional and social benefits, and yet the majority of Australian public schools do not have a dedicated music teacher. For the growing number of children who suffer trauma, hopelessness or despair, the ACMF music programs bring joy and hope, and achieve positive educational and behavioural outcomes.

Prize Partner – Bully Zero Australia Foundation

Bully Zero Australia Foundation (BZAF) is a not-for-profit charity with DGR status launched in 2013 by former Hon. Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP.  The Foundation is certified by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner to deliver cyber safety programs and is a preferred provider, of bullying prevention programs, by schools, workplaces and community groups.

BZAF has saved 93 potential lives and the 1800 0 Bully Helpline has answered over 15,000 calls. Over 1,000,000 primary and secondary school students have been educated through the Foundation’s programs.

Prize Partner – Biome Eco Stores Australia

Biome Eco Stores is a Brisbane-based retail business which provides Australia’s largest range of eco-friendly products in-store and online, offering deliveries nation-wide. From natural skincare and green cleaning to safe, reusable water bottles and food pouches, Biome is helping Australians live waste free, toxin free and ethically.  Biome helps customers shop by the values important to them, such as vegan and palm oil free, knowing that the products have passed Biome’s strict criteria that excludes any harmful synthetic chemicals and fragrances. Biome has four Brisbane stores located in Paddington, Balmoral, Indooroopilly and Brisbane City.

Prize Partner – EnhanceTV

EnhanceTV is a not for profit educational video platform, giving you access to curriculum-linked content and an easy way to share it with your students. You can find, clip and share video, quizzes and collections with students and other teachers. The library includes a vast range of classroom-ready clips from Australian broadcast television and PayTV, including news, entertainment and documentaries.
Wakakirri schools and teachers are eligible for a special 25% off offer on EnhanceTV subscriptions. Click here to find out more.

Prize Partner – Schoolyard Stories

sponsorpage-schoolyardSchoolyard Stories (SYS) provides a literacy experience that allows students to become proud published authors.  With an aim to get children excited about reading, writing and illustrating, SYS projects bring children, families and communities together by encouraging active contribution towards a common goal. SYS projects can also help raise funds for schools while improving literacy outcomes. Fundraising that feeds the mind.

Prize Partner – Sennheiser

Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers’ needs. Sennheiser is a family-owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €682 million. 

Prize Partner – Twentieth Century Fox

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film. TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, Digital HD, and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets and digital stores throughout the world.

Prize Partner – Spotify

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008.  Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music.
Today, we are the world’s largest global music streaming subscription service with a community of over 159 million users, including over 71 million Spotify Premium subscribers, across 61 markets.

Prize Partner – Costumes Without Drama

Costumes without Drama provides a unique costuming experience. Whether you’re a performing arts teacher, parent or heading to a costume party, we have the solution.
We know just how hard Performing Arts teachers work. So, why not leave the costuming to us and focus on what you do best – directing or coordinating the school production. With more than 11,000 costumes at your fingertips, you’re sure to find what you need. If not, we can make it for you! Simply browse the costume collection on our website – new costumes are being added all the time – or call us for a friendly chat. We can help you select costumes that will look fantastic on stage, to do justice to the hard work that goes into making such events possible.

Prize Partner – Studio 7 Dancewear

Studio 7 Dancewear is an Australian-owned brand who have been supporting dancers
with their dancewear needs since 2007.  We are proud to offer an expansive range of stylish and comfortable premium dancewear that dancers will love in class and on stage. Our range includes all class basics and collections of vibrant, versatile and innovative fashion and costume pieces.  Our vision is to create dancewear that will inspire and enrich the performance experience. Passionate about supporting other local businesses, our products are stocked exclusively at all major independent retail stores around Australia.  

Prize Partner – Pan Macmillan Australia Macmillan Australia publishes a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high-quality books. They publish under the imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers. Pan Macmillan Australia is committed to investing in Australian authors and stories and their local publishing program covers a broad range of genres.