YANCHEP Secondary College students have shone in the Western Australian heat of the Wakakirri Story-Dance Challenge, Australia’s biggest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools.
The students took home the Best Raising Awareness Story Award for their story-dance about the persisting use of child soldiers in Uganda.
It tells the story of how the army kidnapped 30,000 children and how this left thousands of formerly abducted children struggling to integrate back into their communities.
The Yanchep students also won awards for well-rehearsed performance, excellent performance teamwork, excellent theme/concept, excellent soundtrack mix and excellent ensemble.
Yanchep Secondary College was one of 20 schools taking to the stage at Perth Concert Hall where Trinity College took out top spot as the secondary winner for the state with a creative retelling of the battle of Gallipoli.
The school is now in the running for Wakakirri’s top national award, ‘Story of the Year’ – in their first year in the performing arts event.
Trinity also won the Best Minimalist Story Award, which Wakakirri’s national panel called “a moving, poignant and creatively told story enhanced by the use of spoken word”.
Established in 1992, Wakakirri is an opportunity for students to share stories that express their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through the performing arts.
This year Wakakirri’s National Panel of industry experts includes Emma Watkins (the yellow Wiggle), Andrew McFarlane, Justine Clarke, Alex Papps, and Caroline Kaspar.
Wakakirri’s Story of the Year Award will be announced on October 17 on Waka TV.
Schools around the country will watch the announcement live by tuning in online.
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