Reconciliation tale wins Wakakirri's Secondary Story of the Year Award

Published by: Wakakirri | 22-Oct-2018
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College's Tumbi Umbi Campus from the NSW Central Coast has taken out Wakakirri's Story of the Year with a moving and creative interpretation of John Marsden's 'The Rabbits'.
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus has claimed the top award in the biggest performing arts festival for schools in Australia!

Tumbi Umbi took out the top award for their impactful performance The Rabbits', an abstract interpretation of the colonisation of Australia based on the picture book of the same name by legendary Australian author John Marsden.

Tumbi Umbi's story touched on the harsh truths of Australia's past and the ongoing social issues still prevalent today, with a message of hope and reconciliation. Wakakirri's National Panel said it was a "fantastic performance" with "strong and relevant" themes.

This is Tumbi Umbi's fifth year participating in Wakakirri and the first time the school has won Story of the Year, a huge achievement for this small years 7-10 school from the NSW Central Coast.

Wakakirri is Australia's largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools. This year's search for the Story of the Year saw 240 schools hit the stage at 40 events at professional theatres around the country.

Big stories about big issues have been at the forefront of Wakakirri this year. Popular themes explored by students have included reconciliation, environmental conservation and mental health. Wakakirri provides a platform for thousands of students to tell stories that explore their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through dance and drama.

Other national winners in Wakakirri's Secondary Challenge include Riverside Christian College, Maitland High School, Mount Warrigal Public School, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, Coomandook Area School, Holy Trinity Lutheran College, Holy Spirit College and Mount Erin Secondary College.

In the Primary Challenge, Mango Hill Public School from Queensland took out Story of the Year with an inspiring performance titled What About the Children?'.

The Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge will return in 2019. Registrations open now, see website for details:

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