Parkwood Primary School named join state champions of Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival

Parkwood Primary School students (L to R) Jessica Toohey, Kaitlin La, Hayley Swaine and performing arts teacher Carly Hart.
Parkwood Primary School students (L to R) Jessica Toohey, Kaitlin La, Hayley Swaine and performing arts teacher Carly Hart.

A DANCE that warns of the dangers of technology addiction has helped Parkwood Primary School emerge victorious at the state finals of a national story-dance competition.

The school was the joint winner of the State Championships of the Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival last Thursday and their dance will now be judged by a national panel for the chance to win the overall title.

A Wakakirri story-dance is a three to seven-minute performance that tells a story using a combination of dancing, acting and creative movement to music.

Performing arts teacher Carly Hart said she was proud of the students’ achievement given this was the first year they had competed.

“Parkwood Primary School has not been involved in Wakakirri for the last seven years so these students had no idea what to expect, they just applied themselves and did their best,” she said.

“I have never been involved in Wakakirri either so we all went on this learning journey together.”

Ms Hart said their dance techNOlife aimed to encourage people to put away electronic devices and enjoy the smaller things in life.

“People are finding it harder to put away technology and enjoy their lives and interactions with the world around them; they become addicted, choosing their technological devices over human interactions and simple enjoyable experiences,” she said.

“Listening to the news, watching people’s interactions in society and discussing with people from various places what they think some big issues are for our kids, technology came up a bit with concern about its impact on youth.”