A performance inspired by the spirit of the Whittlesea community during bushfires has secured The Lakes South Morang College a spot in the finals of the Wakakirri Secondary Schools Challenge.

The cast of 25 students will take to the stage at The Palais Theatre on Wednesday for the finals after picking up 10 awards, including best inspiration story, during their recent heat.

The Lakes South Morang College Wakakirri co-ordinator Aimee Freind said the dance and drama performance was based on the continuing effects of bushfires and the spirit of the community.

“We decided to take away the focus on the destruction itself and hone in on the power of community during times of need,” she said.

“We read various articles and real-life stories to develop more of an emotional understanding.”



The Lakes South Morang College will perform in the Wakakirri finals this week. (Marco De Luca)

Ms Freind said the students were overjoyed to have made the finals.

“As this was our first Wakakirri performance, we had no idea what to expect. We just wanted to ensure that we did our best in telling an important story,” she said.

“When we found out that we had received the most inspirational story award we were in class and the screams and tears of joy were telling in how much this meant to us all.”