Rehearsals for Virginia Primary School’s Wakakirri performance later in the year are going strong, with students and numerous volunteers helping to design and create props, artwork and costumes.
Wakakirri promotes the sharing of stories, through dance and theatre, while developing creative thinking, school and self pride, and life skills for all participants.
The school’s performance is based around the life of its popular Vietnamese teacher, Thi-Hien Danh, who travelled as a refugee by boat to Australia from Vietnam, via Thailand, when she was eight years old.
Thi-Hien’s story has all the makings of a Hollywood movie, with suspense, fear, courage, and love.
There’s even a heart-stopping encounter with pirates.
Upper primary students Carla and Nhi designed and created three bold banners, which will grace the stage as part of the performance.
Both girls have been working all term during their Vietnamese language lessons and for most of their lunch times to create the banners, which reflect the Year of the Dragon 1988, and say they have a passion for visual arts and drawing.