Local State School buzzes their way through to Wakakirri final with entertaining ‘Story Dance’

Congratulations are in order for Coomera Rivers State School, who have scored themselves a spot in the Wakakirri finals!

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for both Primary and Secondary Schools. Each year schools across Australia create Story Dances for Wakakirri that reflect student’s “thoughts, ideas and aspirations.”

This year, Coomera Rivers State School entered into the competition for the very first time and walked away with not one, but three awards and was welcomed back for the finals next month!


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The school’s 98 strong troupe consisted of year one to four students who took to the stage with an amazing story dance about a a stressed-out fly trying to join a bee colony.

Mrs Emma Blyth and Mrs Courtney Morris created the school’s Wakakirri story dance based on skills that are taught during mindfulness lessons at Coomera Rivers State School.

“The set of skills we focus on in the story are STOP, BREATHE and THINK.” Mrs Blyth Said.

“Each of the bee groups; the Cleaners, Workers and Nurses take turns to teach the fly a skill. In the end, the fly manages to get her stress under control to throw a great party for the Queen Bee who then accepts her into the colony.”

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The young group’s performance had everyone tapping their feet with an array of upbeat songs including ‘Stop’ by the Spice Girls and ‘Think’ from Aretha Franklin.

“We put on a fabulous show that the judge said we should be very proud of as a first time school,” teacher Mrs Morris said.

The school took out awards for Best Hair and Makeup, Best Use of the Signature and Best Original Story Item and have since been welcomed back to perform in the finals on Wednesday 5th September.

“These little Bees are buzzing with excitement and can’t wait to take to the stage again!”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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