Kiama Public School returned home with four awards after performing at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre recently as part of the 2018 Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge.
Schools from around the region walked the red carpet with VIPs including show host Casey Burgess (Hi-5) and Wakakirri’s National Panel Representatives Wayne Scott Kermond and Katie Kermond (Spiegelesque).
Kiama Public School won Best Original Story, Best Public Speaking, Best Individual Costume Design and Best Teamwork for ‘Unplugged’, a story-dance highlighting technology addiction and a playful reminder of the wonders that exist beyond the screen when you unplug every once in a while.
Kiama Public School Wakakirri coordinator/teacher Georgia Sellars, said the students performed with energy and enthusiasm.
“They looked amazing in their make-up and costumes and really shone on stage,” she said.
“There was a mix of excitement and nerves before they took to the stage, but once they got out on the stage in front of their family and friends, they put on an amazing performance. When they came off stage, they were buzzing with excitement!”
The students started rehearsing in term two and rehearsed each Friday morning for 12 weeks. There were also some additional lunchtime rehearsals to help polish their dance.
“It was exciting to receive four awards, the teamwork award in particular was a lovely acknowledgement of their effort, cooperation and team spirit,” Ms Sellars said.
“Taking part in Wakakirri allows students to express their creativity and display their individual talents. They learn how to communicate a story through dance. They develop collective responsibility, collaboration and teamwork.
“Wakakirri gives students the opportunity to perform for their family and friends in a professional theatre and create life long memories.”
Vincentia High School and Vincentia Public School were announced as the regional winners for the Shoalhaven. Both schools are nominated for the coveted national Story of the Year Award decided by Wakakirri’s ‘National Panel’.
Wakakirri’s Story of the Year Award will be announced on Waka TV on October 17, schools will be watching the announcement live via YouTube.