Wakakirri Announces National Story of the Year Winner…Mango Hill State School Takes the Primary Title!0
Mango Hill State School in Queensland has claimed the top award in the biggest performing arts festival for schools in Australia!
Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools. This year’s search for the Story of the Year saw 240 schools hit the stage at 40 events at professional theatres around the country.
Mango Hill State School took out Story of the Year with their inspiring performance ‘What About the Children?’, in which a young boy discovers a way to make a difference when he learns about children who have been left homeless after a hurricane in Haiti. This was the school’s fifth year participating in Wakakirri and their first time winning Story of the Year.
Mango Hill showed everyone that they too can become a “helping hero” in a performance the Wakakirri National Panel called “visually and creatively sensational”. The students also became real life helping heroes, dancing for donations just like the characters in their story and donating money raised to the Save The Children Foundation.
Big stories about big issues have been at the forefront of Wakakirri this year. Popular themes explored by students have included reconciliation, environmental conservation and mental health.
Wakakirri provides a platform for thousands of students to tell stories that explore their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through dance and drama.
Other national winners in Wakakirri’s Primary Challenge include Carranballac P-9 College, Seaforth Public School, Sacred Heart Primary School Thornlie, St Philip’s Christian College Gosford, Torrens Primary School, Enoggera State School, Jells Park Primary School, Rose Park Primary School and Richmond North Public School.
In the Secondary Challenge, New South Wales school Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus took out Story of the Year for their stirring interpretation of John Marsden’s ‘The
The Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge will return in 2019. Registrations open now, see website for details: www.wakakirri.com