On Thursday 25 July, the Year 10 Drama students competed in the Wakakirri Story-Dance Challenge, which is Australia’s biggest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools. More than 280 schools and 20,000 students across the country performed in Wakakirri this year. The students chose their topic and helped devise their performance, which was titled “Blind Deceit”. Their story was about how society can control and manipulate the minds of young people until they conform and become part of it. Freedom is found through hope and faith in Jesus Christ, who helps us find our identity. After performing, Charlie White, Kiralee Schimpf and Ava Wyers were asked about their story and why they chose it. The students clearly and confidently discussed their item, unashamedly recognising Christ as the key to finding freedom from the control of society.
The students won the Sunshine Coast Region Competition for Secondary Schools! They also received a number of awards on the night, including Best Teamwork and Best Lighting Design and Call, which was led by our Year 12 student, Sam Johnston, who graciously volunteered to support us with the show. In addition, the students also won the “Best Motivational Story Award” and have been nominated for Wakakirri’s top national award, “Story of the Year”!
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 October 17th, 2019, on Waka TV. Schools around the country will watch the announcement live by tuning in online. Read more about Wakakirri here: wakakirri.com/what-is-wakakirri/