Young Victorians with a passion for performance, music, dance and design are encouraged to sign up for a starring role in the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge.

The challenge is a statewide competition for secondary students to create a story through dance, creative movement and acting. Teams have the opportunity to produce stage productions of around three to seven minutes and compete for state and national titles before a live audience and industry judges.

To find out more or to register go to the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge website.

About the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge

The Victorian Government is a proud sponsor of the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge, supporting students to get involved, be creative and have fun.

The aim of the challenge is to provide secondary school students with an opportunity to experience what it takes to produce a professional theatrical event. Students have a chance to use their creative skills and discover career pathways, while competing in a professional environment.

2017 Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge awards

On Wednesday 20 September 2017 close to 1000 people attended the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Melbourne.

After three heats held in in Geelong, Moonie Ponds and Frankston, seven schools made it through to the Victorian final and delivered impressive creative performances,   reflecting stories based on students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations.

The stories were all powerful and reflected the themes of environment, equality, identity and respect for diversity,  conflict and hope and the experience of  refugees seeking a new life.

Congratulations to Reservoir High School whose team received the honour of Victorian Story of the Year in Division 1 for its performance of a story ‘Refugee – A Personal Story’ depicting the experience of war on families, fighting for survival and finding freedom in a new world.

Traralgon College  won Victorian Story of the Year in the second division for its performance ‘HARMony’ related to environmental protection and the harmony needed between earth and humanity.

Both schools went through to the national final in October where Reservoir High School took the 'Best Cultural History Award'.

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College's performance 'Journey to Freedom' which focussed on personal stories, conflict in communities and living in hope took the national title of 'People's Choice' award for 2017 where the public were offered the opportunity to vote for their favourite story and performance.


Find Out More

Further information is available on the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge website.