Wakakirri is a national performing and visual arts festival for primary schools, that aims to teach students about themselves and others through the creation and sharing of stories.
On Friday the 13th of August 43 students (years 3-6) participated in the annual Wakakirri Story Dance Festival. Their story was titled: To Dream. They performed a truly inspiring piece about a young boy who is motivated to make his dreams of becoming an Australian cricket legend, a reality. The item incorporated a variety of props that were iconic of Australian traditions. The back drop for the story was a cricket grand stand, where the students were dressed in green and gold, sporting Australian flags. The performance also had its own dancing sausages and burger buns, accompanied by tomato sauce bottles. The performance was complimented by classic Australian ballads such as ACDC's "It's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll".
Green Valley Public School were highly successful on the performance night. They were awarded two gold awards for music and sets/props and were given six silver awards for story, costumes, creative movement/characterisation as well as sustainability. As a school they were also recognised for the way they worked together and were presented with the teamwork award.
The Green Valley Wakakirri team were thrilled when they were invited to perform in the grand finals on Tuesday the 14th of September 2010 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. This is a great honour and the students should feel very proud of all the hard work they have put into their performance.
Here are some of the things the students had to say about their experiences at Wakakirri:
"It was a wonderful experience ro achieve all those awards. It was so much fun. I would definitely do it again next year and I can't wait until the future to see what happens" Alexandra Soliman
"It was good because there was a lot of people there. It was a good experience because we are going to a famous place like the Syndey Entertainment Centre" Ahmed Jeffery
"Wakakirri has been the best performing arts experience that I have been involved in since starting school. It has helped me to develop my confidence and performance in front of an audience. Wakakirri encouraged me to work in a team with my teachers and other students. The opportunity to be part of this fantastic experience has allowed me to explore my hidden talents." Sebastian
"Before I didn't like dancing. Now after being in Wakakirri it has motivated me to dance and I don't have stage fright anymore. It was a really great experience." Sina Zainolabedin
"Wakakirri was a great experience. It has encouraged me to be brave and get on stage. It lets kids get up and dance around, but the main thing about Wakakirri is that you just have fun." Matthew Capulong