Wakakirri winners raise awareness of world issues through dance

Yanchep Secondary College students won a State award for their performance ‘Child Soldiers’.
Yanchep Secondary College students won a State award for their performance ‘Child Soldiers’.

YANCHEP students’ dance about child soldiers in Uganda won a State award at the Wakakirri Story-Dance Challenge this month.

Yanchep Secondary College teacher Sheree Gull coordinated the ‘Child Soldiers’ performance highlighting use of child soldiers that persists in the African country.

They won the best raising awareness story award for the piece about an army kidnapping 30,000 children and how the violence left thousands of formerly abducted children struggling to integrate back into communities.

Trinity College won the overall award for a creative retelling of the battle of Gallipoli.

Twenty schools took to the stage at Perth Concert Hall in early August, and Trinity College from East Perth was 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’, and the team also won the best minimalist story award.

In the primary category, eight schools that won state awards will perform again at the WA Awards Show at Perth Concert Hall on September 2 for the chance to be nominated for story of the year.

Mercy College students performed ‘Worry Monsters’ about having bad days and finding ways to manage worry when not feeling mentally well, coordinated by Stephen Jeffrey.

Those schools include Aveley Primary, Calista Primary, Helena College, Singleton Primary, Cloverdale Primary, Marri Grove Primary, Mercy College in Koondoola and Sacred Heart Primary School in Thornlie.

Wakakirri’s Story of the Year Award will be announced October 17 on Waka TV .

Quinns Rocks Primary School students performed an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ piece, coordinated by Caili King.