Congratulations St Brigid’s Primary School, Kyogle for being awarded two National Awards for Best Cultural History Award and the Reconciliation Story Award supported by Reconciliation Australia, for their entry in the ‘Wakakirri’ performing arts competition. They also received five performance and production awards for excellent theme/concept, excellent overall costume design, excellent performance teamwork, excellent group dance and excellent ensemble to add to the school’s success.

St Brigid’s Primary entered their first ever ‘Wakakirri’ competition this year. This is Australia’s largest performing arts event for schools and is open to primary and secondary schools Australia wide. Through the involvement in ‘Wakakirri’, the students were given the opportunity to build confidence, resilience and an appreciation of culture. The entry from St Brigid’s comprised students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who committed to give up much of their own time to be a part of this cultural activity.

‘Bushfires Traditionally’ was a performance compiled by staff, students and a team of committed and talented members from the school’s community. The story shared was based around events happening at the time that students could relate to, namely the fires. 

St Brigid’s were well supported in our story by Bundjalung Nation’s Indigenous Elders and were proud to be able to share the cultural story of traditional Indigenous land management practices. To complete this story, the team was able to combine this year’s ‘Wakakirri’ theme of “The Dragon” which was used as a symbol for the source of the fire.