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Major Award Winners in National Festival

Major Award Winners in National Festival

We are proud to announced that St Joseph’s received a number of performance and production awards for our Wakakirri Story-Dance ‘Fight for Justice’: Excellent ensemble, Excellent group dance, Excellent lead cast, Excellent construction and clarity, Excellent set movement and staging, Spirit of Wakakirri and Best t-shirt design.

Importantly, we also received the National Story Award for excellence in performing arts and raising awareness about Human Rights.

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools with over 180 taking part in 2022. Participating schools like ours are inspired by the Wakakirri ethos ‘great stories inspire change’ to create and perform story-dances that reflect students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

This year our story description was: In a city, homeless and hungry plead for charity. The wealthy ignore them continuing with their luxurious lives. Villains terrorise the city. The homeless and wealthy unite and find the courage to fight for justice.

Wakakirri Festival Director Adam Loxley said “The standard of performance and the stories being told by schools this year was exceptional so St Joseph’s School Hectorville should be very proud of their National Story Award”.

The Wakakirri panel member Amanda Phillips & Alix Kuijpers described the performance as “A standout for Wakakirri connecting through all staging elements to deliver a memorable project on socio-economic issues! ”

The Wakakirri Story-Dance Festival is a national program that helps schools develop student engagement and wellbeing through participation in the performing arts. Over 180 schools took part in Wakakirri 2022.