Whitefriars Catholic School has a biennial cycle as part of the Performing Arts Program:
Odd Years (2019, 2021, 2023, etc): School Concert
Even Years (2020, 2022, 2024, etc): Carols on the Green and Year 5/6 Wakakirri
Currently the school contracts Ground Force Studios to help prepare the children for our concerts and Wakakirri.
Through these experiences children will learn skills and techniques to boost self esteem and confidence developing balance, posture, choreography, performance, expression, musicality, coordination, focus and concentration, and overall improving their health and wellbeing.
In 2021 the children will be part of the school concert called "When I Grow Up" at the Founders Hall, Saint Michael's College. We thank Saint Michael's College for allowing us to use the hall at no cost.
Wakakirri is Australia’s largest national performing arts event for schools. The Aboriginal word Wakakirri means ‘to dance a story’. A Wakakirri Story-Dance is a 3-7 minute performance that theatrically tells a story using a combination of dancing, creative movement and acting to pre-recorded music.
Each year hundreds of school across Australia create and perform Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. In 2020, Whitefriars Catholic School participated in the event with our bushfire story ‘Through the Smoke’. We were thrilled to receive the national first place as the best primary school in Australia for the prestigious award ‘Story of the Year’.
You can watch our story on the Wakakirri website.