Hoppers Crossing Secondary College has maintained its status as Wakakirri award winners, taking out one of this year’s national awards.

The school bagged the National Health Category award for its performance Race of Life, which acknowledges that everybody is dealt a different card in life.

Hoppers Crossing students first performed the item at a Wakakirri heat at The Clocktower Centre in Moonee Ponds in July, before being invited to perform again at the Victorian Secondary Schools Awards Night at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre in September.

The school’s Wakakirri co-ordinator, Natalie Boicovitis, said 100 students from all years had been in rehearsals since first term and had been involved with the storyline, choreography and the set.

“[Race of Life] demonstrates the difference between students who are privileged and those who are not,” she said.

“Even though they attend the same school, some are more privileged than others.”

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest annual performing arts event for primary and secondary schools.

Hoppers Crossing Secondary College are Wakakirri veterans, having won three national awards since 2014. Last year, the school was runners-up for the national award for its short play Journey to Freedom.