Vibe Alive has continued its successful season of youth festivals across the country, with students from all corners of Western Australia descending upon Kalgoorlie for two days of full-on excitement, fun and learning.
More than 1600 students attended the festival, on Wednesday and Thursday 12 and 13 August, with youth from the region taking part in friendly competition with others from as far away as Meekatharra, Narrogin and Bunbury. Congratulations to the ‘Pythons’ from Kalgoorlie Primary School who defended their title, taking home the 2009 Western Australian Vibe Alive Cup!
They were the overall winners with the most points and also winners in the Middle School category. The winners in the Junior School category were the ‘Martians’ from O’Connor Primary School and the winner of the High School category were ‘Leo’s Crew’ from Leonora District High School. (A full list of winners is attached.)
“Kalgoorlie really got behind the Vibe Alive festival this year, from the local community including the local committee, right through to students and teachers,” says Gavin Jones, Executive Producer of Vibe Alive. “Thanks to the efforts of so many, Vibe Alive Kalgoorlie was one hell of a festival and everyone in Kalgoorlie should be rightfully proud. New links were formed between schools, students, teachers, the local Aboriginal community and the greater Kalgoorlie community, with everyone working together to improve the education and future prospects of our young people.”
Celebrity guests and role models meeting the kids and helping out with competition judging included Australian Idol 2004 Casey Donovan, Courtney Walter from So You Think You Can Dance?, acclaimed actor Michael Tuahine, former Harlem Globetrotter Dwayne cross, comedian and artist Kevin Kropinyeri as well as dancers Medika and Nakari Thorpe, all encouraging the kids to work hard, stay in school and reach their full potential.
More than 2200 people from the local area packed out the free Community Concert and Break Off competition on the Wednesday and Thursday nights respectively to see the best of the festival strut their stuff on stage and enjoy some first class entertainment under the stars, courtesy of the Vibe Alive crew.
Vibe Alive is the new national youth festival in which teams of eight to twelve students represent their schools, competing in singing, dancing, painting and Indigenous sporting activities. They also complete a festival workbook and participate in interactive health and careers expos. Each component of the competition earns team points, with the team with the most points being named the winners in their age category.
“To see more than 1600 children engage for two full days and nights where they share a common goal to be the best they can be is nothing short of spectacular” says Vibe Alive Patron Kerrie Hayes.
“We certainly found all the young participants inspiring – they were energetic, exciting, fun and full of potential.”
The 2009 Vibe Alive Festival Program is almost over with one final event to conclude in Weipa on September 16 & 17.
WINNERS – VIBE ALIVE KALGOORLIE
Eq. 2nd The Simpsons – O’Connor PS
Eq. 2nd The Lies – O’Connor PS
1st North Kals – North Kalgoorlie PS
3rd YBC Yongas – Yulebrook College
Eq. 1st Max’s Mob – Yintari RCS
Eq. 1st The South Steppers – South Kalgoorlie PS
3rd Randoms – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School
2nd The All Stars – John Paul College
1st Leo Crew – Leonora District High
PAINT IT UP
3rd The South Shorties – South Kalgoorlie PS
Eq. 1st Super Heroes – Kalgoorlie PS
Eq. 1st D.C. – O’Connor PS
3rd YBC Yongas – Yulebrook College
2ns Max’s Mob – Yintari RCS
1st East Kal Kangas – East Kalgoorlie PS
3rd Warburton 1 – Ngaanyatjarra School
2nd YBC Legends – Yulebrook College
1st Foxy Ladies + 2 – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School
3rd Tigers – O’Connor PS
2nd The South Devils – South Kalgoorlie PS
1st The Lies – O’Connor PS
3rd Kalgoorlie Pythons – Kalgoorlie PS
2nd Leo Gold – Leonora District High School
1st The Hot Stuff – Hannans PS
3rd Texit – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School
2nd Bacon Strips – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School
1st Acts -Goldfields Baptist College
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Winner: Crocs – Kambalda West District High School
Winner: Kal Kings – Kalgoorlie PS
Winner: Texit – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School
Bronze: Funky Monkeys – Boulder PS
Silver: Crocs – Kambalda West District High
Gold: Martians – O’Connor PS
Bronze: East Kal Kangas – East Kalgoorlie PS
Silver: Leo Gold – Leonora District High School
Gold: Pythons – Kalgoorlie PS
Bronze: Texit – Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community School
Silver: The Allstars – John Paul College
Gold: Leo Crew – Leonora District High
BARRY JOHNSON SHIELD
AWARDED FOR THE BEST AND FAIREST IN THE SPIRIT OF VIBE
Crystal Yates – Leonora District High School
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN VIBE ALIVE CUP
Pythons – Kalgoorlie PS