A Shooting Star is Born
In conjunction with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Shooting Stars program was established in 2014, as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.
An initiative of Netball WA and the Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns. Education is a foundation for hope and success and can help people overcome other disadvantages.
Out of our successful pilot program in Halls Creek in 2014, Shooting Stars is now delivered across six separate school sites, engaging with more than 300 students. A further four more sites are planned to be launched by the end of 2017, with a goal to work with 20 schools by 2021.
Affecting Genuine Change
The response to Shooting Stars since 2014, from both the students and their communities, has been significant.
Since 2014 the data indicates an average attendance rate over 80% per student, with over 60% of the participants maintaining or improving their attendance across a full school year. In conjunction with an increase in attendance, individual improvement in academic engagement and class behaviour can also be observed qualitatively. These numbers reflect real change in these students’ attitude towards their school and education.