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thank you to our partners

MAJOR PARTNER
The Victorian Government

The Victorian Government is proud to be the major partner of the Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge in Victoria.  The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge makes a real difference to the lives of young people, enabling and empowering them to participate in society in productive and creative ways. Through Wakakirri, young people develop leadership, production, communication and performance skills and are also recognised for their team work, commitment and creativity.

MAJOR PARTNER
Youth Central

Youth Central, the Victorian Government website for young people, includes stories of a number of young people undertaking career pathways both in front of and behind the camera in the media, arts and entertainment industry.

Major Partner
MUFFIN BREAK

From humble beginnings, Muffin Break now has over 210 stores in Australia. We’re a family owned and operated business. Each of our stores is locally owned and operated by our franchisees who are proud of the communities they serve and love nothing more than to see you leave with a smile on your face. With so many of our stores in regional towns, we truly believe in supporting local charities to make a difference in these communities.

Foundation Partner
RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA

Established in 2001 Reconciliation Australia is the national lead body on reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation Australia supports the Wakakirri Association to meet the aim of promoting participation in Wakakirri programs by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and assists Wakakirri to promote reconciliation with the national Reconciliation Story Award. Wakakirri’s long term Patron, Professor Tom Calma AO, is Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia.

PRIZE PARTNER
BULLY ZERO AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION

Bully Zero Australia Foundation (BZAF) is a not-for-profit charity with DGR status launched in 2013 by former Hon. Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP.  The Foundation is certified by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner to deliver cyber safety programs and is a preferred provider, of bullying prevention programs, by schools, workplaces and community groups.  BZAF has saved 93 potential lives and the 1800 0 Bully Helpline has answered over 15,000 calls. Over 1,000,000 primary and secondary school students have been educated through the Foundation’s programs.

McCusker
MAJOR PARTNER
MCCUSKER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The McCusker Charitable Foundation was established for charitable purposes aimed at improving health and education, with particular emphasis on Western Australia. In 2017, the Foundation was registered as a Private Ancillary Fund with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
 
Over the past years, the McCusker family has donated more than $60,000,000 to a wide variety of charitable projects and not for profit organisations. The family also financed the construction of the Lady McCusker Home.

DANCE PARTNER
JASON COLEMAN'S MINISTRY OF DANCE

Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance is your one stop hub for all things entertainment. From a Production House and Talent Agency to a Junior Dance School, Venue Hire, Community Outreach Programs, Professional Dance and Musical Theatre Qualifications, Event Management and Festivals we welcome all prospective clients whatever your dreams entail in the world of dance and entertainment!

DANCE PARTNER
FOOTSTEPS DANCE COMPANY

Footsteps is passionate about placing an instructor in your school to develop active, creative risk takers.  We are your local dance and drama specialists. A moving student is a learning student. Creating new learning experiences for students. Embracing a broader curriculum. Developing imagination and creativity. When we think of wellbeing, children exposed to the arts are more empathetic, kinder and more collaborative. See how Footsteps can compliment your PA framework by calling us on 1300 760 588 or email [email protected]

Media Partner
DANCETRAIN MAGAZINE

Inspiring and educating Australia’s student dancers since 2000.  dancetrain magazine is a gorgeous 112 page book produced every two months.  The only dance media to shoot and film Australian student dancers performing.  Every year dancetrain features a double page pictorial spread of Wakakirri students.  A favourite teaching aid for high school dance teachers.

ORGANISATION PARTNER
The Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association (APATA)

The Australian Performing Arts Teachers Association (APATA) is Australia’s uniting body for teachers and educators working in the performing arts. Our vision is to be Australia’s leading body dedicated entirely to all disciplines in performance. So what is APATA all about? We connect through our online member community, industry events, partnerships and national awards program. Whether you are located in regional Australia or city central we warmly welcome all members of our national community to participate, collaborate, connect, and inspire. We believe in sharing – ideas, knowledge, experience and skills. Our partnership with Wakakirri, Australia’s largest performing arts festival for schools, sits at the heart of our aspirations for teachers and students, where great stories inspire change and inclusivity that connects and leads learning and practice in the performing arts.

PRIZE PARTNER
Biome Eco Stores Australia

Biome Eco Stores is a Brisbane-based retail business which provides Australia’s largest range of eco-friendly products in-store and online, offering deliveries nation-wide. From natural skincare and green cleaning to safe, reusable water bottles and food pouches, Biome is helping Australians live waste free, toxin free and ethically.  Biome helps customers shop by the values important to them, such as vegan and palm oil free, knowing that the products have passed Biome’s strict criteria that excludes any harmful synthetic chemicals and fragrances. Biome has four Brisbane stores located in Paddington, Balmoral, Indooroopilly and Brisbane City.

PRIZE PARTNER
COSTUMES WITHOUT DRAMA

Costumes without Drama provides a unique costuming experience. Whether you’re a performing arts teacher, parent or heading to a costume party, we have the solution.  We know just how hard Performing Arts teachers work. So, why not leave the costuming to us and focus on what you do best – directing or coordinating the school production. With more than 11,000 costumes at your fingertips, you’re sure to find what you need. If not, we can make it for you! Simply browse the costume collection on our website – new costumes are being added all the time – or call us for a friendly chat. We can help you select costumes that will look fantastic on stage, to do justice to the hard work that goes into making such events possible.

PRIZE PARTNER
STUDIO 7 DANCEWEAR

Studio 7 Dancewear is an Australian-owned brand who have been supporting dancers  with their dancewear needs since 2007.  We are proud to offer an expansive range of stylish and comfortable premium dancewear that dancers will love in class and on stage. Our range includes all class basics and collections of vibrant, versatile and innovative fashion and costume pieces.  Our vision is to create dancewear that will inspire and enrich the performance experience. Passionate about supporting other local businesses, our products are stocked exclusively at all major independent retail stores around Australia.

PRIZE PARTNER
Pan Macmillan Australia
Pan Macmillan Australia publishes a wide range of bestselling, award-winning and high-quality books. They publish under the imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum and Macquarie Dictionary Publishers. Pan Macmillan Australia is committed to investing in Australian authors and stories and their local publishing program covers a broad range of genres.
PRIZE PARTNER
SENNHEISER
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers’ needs. Sennheiser is a family-owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €682 million. 
Thanks for our partners