What an amazing day and night we had at Riverside Theatre on Tuesday August 21 2018! I am beyond proud of this fantastic group of children. They have spent months working hard and giving up their lunch times to create a very special performance telling the story of Malala Yousafzai.
Malala is a young woman who stood up to the Taliban in defence of the rights of girls to receive an education. As a result of her defiance, she was shot by the Taliban in an attempt to silence her. Remarkably, she survived and has become a globally recognised advocate for human rights.
Holy Cross Catholic School took on this important story and used dance, drama and music to deliver the powerful message of speaking out and standing up for the rights of others. It was a huge day of rehearsal, hair, make-up, costumes, dancing and hairspray. Finally, we performed at about 7:30pm to a packed house, working with professional stage crew and lighting technicians. The children performed brilliantly and moved the audience with their commitment to character and story.
At the end of the show a number of awards were handed out. Holy Cross received the award for best use of minimal sets and props and we were praised for our decision to make the story the focus without the distraction of elaborate sets or flashy costumes. We also received a second award….the most prestigious award of the night: the Spirit of Wakakirri. This award recognises the children’s behaviour, cooperation, teamwork and respect; as well as praising our commitment to the integrity of what Wakakirri is all about…telling an important story. This was the award we really wanted and it was such an honour to receive it.
Panel member, Wayne Scott Kermond, was full of praise for our School’s performance and the Wakakirri crew were extremely impressed with the way the children interacted with each other and those around them.
The children will be performing our item, ‘Malala: a fight for rights’ at our assembly on Friday of Week 6. Please come along and see these talented children tell this important story.
Mrs Elizabeth Herd