Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge


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 (new window).

Wakakirri Secondary School ChallengeAbout 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.

2016 Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge awards

Highlights of the 2016 Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge included participation by over 800 young people from thirteen schools and two dance groups involved.

Young people were also provided with the opportunity to participate in an industry day that included workshops on directing, set and costume design, acting, choreography and lighting design.

Heats were held in in Geelong, Moonie Ponds and Frankston, culminating in a Victorian Final held at Hamer Hall in September 2016.

The honour of Victorian Story of the Year was shared by Hoppers Crossing Secondary College for ‘Hold on pain ends’ and Rosebud Secondary College for ‘Hanging rock’.

In 2017, the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge will continue to have a strong focus on developing career pathways and aims to be a gateway for students wanting careers in performing and creative arts, design, and management. Initiatives will include industry day workshops for students run by industry professionals; the Wakakirri Mentor Program, linking students to entertainment industry professionals; and awards that can be used in resumes.

This year, regional heats will be held in Moonee Ponds (25 July), Frankston (10 August) and Geelong (21 August), with the final to be held at the Recital Hall in September.

Find Out More

Further information is available on the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge website (new window). 


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