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Performing arts


Wakakirri is a performing arts challenge for Australian schools. It is a not-for-profit organisation, committed to providing affordable and accessible arts program to all schools in Australia, with a focus on learning through the creation and sharing of stories. By taking part in Wakakirri story dance category, children become part of a story performed on a stage in front of a live audience, in a professional theatre.

Sunnybank Hills State School has been participating in Wakakirri since 2002. Boys and girls from years 3 to 6 are invited to join with no audition process necessary. The only requirement is a high level of commitment. Rehearsals begin in late February, with performances usually held in early august. Many students participate year after year, with some returning even after leaving school, to assist with the program.

Wakakirri is an enjoyable experience for students – not only do they gain arts experience, but Wakakirri also fosters teamwork and an awareness of sustainable practices.

Talent quest

With the abundance of talent we have here at Sunnybank Hills State School, we thought the natural progression of this would be, to share it! Every alternate year to the musical, students who can sing, dance, act, deliver poetry, play an instrument or have some other special talent, are offered the opportunity to audition of Sunnybank Hills State School’s “you’ve got talent”. This culminates in a grand final evening where students are excited to perform in our performing arts centre in front of a full audience of friends and relatives. This event gives the students the chance to channel their creative energy and allows them the experience of performing in front of a supportive audience.


Every two years students from years 4, 5 and 6 are offered the opportunity to audition for our school musical. This is an exciting time for the children who take part to learn lines, rehearse songs, understand stagecraft and ultimately perform to a packed auditorium for two evenings. Students who participate, take on the commitment to lunch time and weekend rehearsals for 6 months ensuring a top quality performance in our performing arts centre. This is a highlight of our performing arts calendar.