Wakakirri state ti­tle in reach

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Are­flec­tion on ex­pe­ri­ences of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion has won Hor­sham Holy Trin­ity Lutheran Col­lege stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to vie for a state ti­tle.

Twenty-five stu­dents from years seven to 11 are off to Mel­bourne af­ter clean­ing up at a re­gional fi­nal of Aus­tralia’s largest per­form­ing arts event for schools, the Wakakirri dance story com­pe­ti­tion.

Nine award-win­ning schools will com­pete for the Story of the Year 2018 ti­tle at The Palais, St Kilda, on Septem­ber 11. Holy Trin­ity Lutheran Col­lege is among two re­gional schools to qual­ify for the fi­nal.

The col­lege has al­ready won the com­pe­ti­tion’s Best In­dige­nous Aus­tralian Story ac­co­lade for its ‘The Colour is Within’ piece.

The piece col­lected four awards at the re­gional fi­nal in Bendigo: Best in­di­vid­ual cos­tume de­sign, best light­ing de­sign and sound call, best cre­ative use of the sig­na­ture item, and Spirit of Wakakirri.

The Holy Trin­ity team also re­ceived four per­for­mance and pro­duc­tion nom­i­na­tions: Ex­cel­lent en­sem­ble, well-re­hearsed per­for­mance, amaz­ing mo­ment and ex­cel­lent theme-con­cept.

Holy Trin­ity Wakakirri co-or­di­na­tor Tanya Mock was thrilled with the re­sult.

“We are all very ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to tell our beau­ti­ful story again,” she said.

“We re­ally love our unique and pow­er­ful il­lus­tra­tion of such a mov­ing true story of our in­dige­nous peo­ple.

“To have the op­por­tu­nity to tell this story again and to hon­our the Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple of our land, that is what mo­ti­vates us.”

The Colour is Within re­flects on the ex­pe­ri­ences of chil­dren of the Stolen Gen­er­a­tion.

Mrs Mock said dif­fer­ence in ap­pear­ance and be­hav­iour could be chal­leng­ing for some.

“But we can only be united and share in the process of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion when we be­lieve in each other,” she said.

“We al­ways at­tend with the in­ten­tion of telling a good story. When so much time, ef­fort and cost is in­vested, you want to hon­our those who’ve pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity by do­ing the best you can at the time.”

Mrs Mock and the stu­dents started work­ing on their Wakikirri en­try at the start of the year, de­vot­ing two lunch times a week to the pro­ject. The process in­volved cre­at­ing, pro­cess­ing con­cepts, re­search­ing the theme and pol­ish­ing the story.

Stu­dents also needed to source their own cos­tumes and use glow paint to cre­ate their own unique pat­tern.

Mrs Mock said the glow paint also showed the qual­i­ties in­di­vid­u­als had within them were al­ways present.

“It’s just if you’re open-minded to see them or not,” she said.

Pos­i­tive at­ti­tude

Mrs Mock said re­hearsals had been great.

“The stu­dents have such a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards cre­at­ing and learn­ing,” she said.

“To see each of them grow in their skillset and abil­i­ties has been won­der­ful.

“All time al­lo­cated to Wakakirri is in the stu­dents’ own time, in­clud­ing school hol­i­days – es­pe­cially for our tech stu­dents.”

Holy Trin­ity Lutheran Col­lege has par­tic­i­pated in the Wakakirri chal­lenge for the past three years, since Mrs Mock joined the school’s per­form­ing arts depart­ment.

The school pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion’s pri­mary chal­lenge.

“A cou­ple of the stories got through to this level,” Mrs Mock said.

“This is our sec­ond story in the sec­ondary chal­lenge, so to make it through to the state awards night is a huge achieve­ment.

“The col­lege has also been pro­moted to divi­sion two for fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions, re­flect­ing the ef­fort of staff and stu­dents that has gone into the pro­duc­tion of this story.”

AWARD WIN­NERS: Hor­sham Holy Trin­ity Lutheran Col­lege stu­dents per­form ‘The Colour is Within’ at a Wakakirri story dance com­pe­ti­tion re­gional fi­nal in Bendigo. Pic­ture: WINKIPOP ME­DIA

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