Year Level: 7-9
Special Requirements: This program is offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female students only
Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses sport and other tools to encourage greater school engagement amongst young Aboriginal girls and women. Shooting Stars empowers Aboriginal girls in regional and remote communities to make informed choices about their education and employment journey, helping them to strive for the stars.
The three core values of Shooting Stars are:
- Pride – represent Shooting Stars, your school, your community and yourself with pride
- Respect – respect yourself, others and your environment
- Success – achieve and maintain attendance and behaviour targets
In Whyalla we are exceptionally fortunate to be the first Shooting Stars outside of the founders in WA. Shooting Stars adopts cooperation as a core value and tailored each program to support its local community.
The program works with local groups to empower whole communities. Initiatives include family consultations to identify barriers to education and attending school and support to increase students’ attendance at school. Each Shooting Stars participant is expected to foster their own community spirit by taking on leadership initiatives, playing at interschool carnivals, undertaking umpiring and coaching courses, personal development through health and wellbeing sessions and engaging in cultural arts festivals. Their efforts are rewarded with formal recognition at award nights and leadership camps, amongst other fun reward activities like fishing trips and excursions, leading to a cycle of positive development and community.
Shooting Stars is a program designed to acknowledge and embrace their Aboriginal cultures embedded in the character and lives of its participants. From taking the girls on camps that celebrate Aboriginal culture, to evaluating program efficacy through yarning circles, Shooting Stars’ girls are empowered through culture centred processes.
The Shooting Stars Leadership Program offers a full development pathway that strengthens the positive profile of girls, women and their families, enabling them to develop personal and leadership capability.
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