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Wakakirri performers Indi Setyawan, Jaleesa Vincent, Willow Hewison, Bri Noel, Tazma Marris, Maddi Cordier, Aylish Mannetje and Remy Davies. Photo: Mike Garry scw944b
Wakakirri performers Indi Setyawan, Jaleesa Vincent, Willow Hewison, Bri Noel, Tazma Marris, Maddi Cordier, Aylish Mannetje and Remy Davies. Photo: Mike Garry scw944b

Coolum’s evolution from a small farming community to a popular tourist destination and real estate hotspot is the subject of Coolum Primary School’s entry in this year’s Wakakirri competition.

Over the past two terms a cast of 65 students from grades four to seven, has been busy acting, dancing and choreographing their hearts out for the chance to perform in the Sunshine Coast heats of the national story and dance festival.

The story is set in the early 1900s when farmers worked tirelessly to make a living off the land.

They are shocked to see a real estate agent surveying their plots and planning to sell them off to the migrating southerners.

The first settlers arrive with their city car and caravan in tow and are swept up in the real estates proposal.

They carelessly allow their children to play unsupervised on the beach and a young girl is swept out to sea.

The parents are devastated and local kids try to help the family warn others of the dangers of unpatrolled beaches.

The lifesaving movement in Coolum is born when the sister of the drowned girl is given a bright red and yellow cap and her new local friends join her on patrol.

Wakakirri coordinator Michelle Hewison said the show was about building good relationships between students in a fun and creative way.

“To see the smiles and excitement on the children’s faces on performance day is such a rewarding feeling and it makes all the hard work and dedication worth it,” she said.

“I am so very proud of each and every one of them. The cast really needs to be congratulated.”

Ms Hewison said many teachers and parents had given their time freely to ensure the success, and enjoyment, of the project.

She thanked teachers Jo Nix, Storm Rickard, Jackie Setyawan, Trent Shaw and Mary Kotzur, who helped to organise the whole performance, and parents Helen Vincent, Leanne Armstrong, Chris Marris, Angela Reilly and Leanne Davies who deserved a “special mention”.

“Thank you for you dedication to our performance.”

Read all about the students’ Wakakirri performance, set down for this Thursday night in Caloundra, in next week’s Coolum and North Shore News.


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