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Appeal inspires Wakakirri win
Wanniassa School Junior Campus students perform in the ACT Wakakirri competition.
WANNIASSA School Junior Campus has
been shortlisted for the national Wakakirri
Prize after winning the ACT story-dance
division 2 final earlier this month.
The school competes against nine other
primary schools across Australia for the
accolade. The winner will be announced on
Executive teacher Andrew Buesnel said the
prize was the ultimate one to win and he was
blown away by how hard the children had
worked throughout the storytelling compe-
Their story was a reflection of the help they
gave earlier in the year to victims of the
Queensland floods, the bushfires across Aust-
ralia and the earthquakes in Japan.
Mr Buesnel said at the start of term one the
children participated in a national flood appeal
day to raise funds for schools affected by the
floods and Cyclone Yasi in Queensland.
Students brought 50 cent coins to school for
the appeal and more than $500 was raised.
The children then reached out to Japanese
students who suffered during the earthquakes
in their country. Using the same concept as
Operation Christmas Child, the school sent
gifts and goods to Japan to help the students
get back on their feet.
Mr Buesnel said the school’s Wakakirri
performance was testament to the Australian
spirit of helping others suffering hardship.
The three main scenes in the story focused
on fire, floods and earthquakes, and
the children chose the music and
created the choreography.
‘‘They really felt a sense of
ownership over it because of the
fundraising they were doing outside
of it,’’ Mr Buesnel said.
Some of the scenes were quite raw
and confronting, such as children
drowning, and it evoked an emotio-
nal response from the audience.
Mr Buesnel said the students
understood the seriousness and sen-
sitivity of what they were portray-
‘‘They never treated it as a joke,’’
‘‘They were fully aware of the
seriousness and the weight of it, but it made it
really real for them.
‘‘When they performed ... they really took
on the role of whoever they were performing
Established in 1992, Wakakirri is a national
story sharing arts festival that challenges
schools to make a positive impact on the world
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