Shooting Stars students across the six sites have celebrated their significant achievements across the year at their respective end of year Awards Nights.
More than 500 people attended the events across the State, with teachers, service providers and community members volunteering their time to cook, decorate venues, help the students get ready and provide technical support on the night.
Awards were presented to those students who attended school at a rate of 90% or higher, as well Shooting Stars Spirit Awards.
The Meekatharra Shooting Stars Awards Night was proudly supported by Sandfire Resources NL, who assisted with the students’ hair and makeup and ran a staff fundraising campaign raising close to $1,500 to set up a beauty station for the girls to enjoy, while students from Wiluna also travelled to join the event.
More than 100 people attended the Carnarvon Shooting Stars event, while the Mullewa Awards Night attracted over 50 people, with teachers assisting the students to get ready.
In the Kimberley, more than 100 parents, grandparents, teachers, volunteers and local service providers attended the Derby Shooting Stars event, with the night showcasing three performances from the students.
The Halls Creek event was highlighted by the entertainment from some of the students involved in the Girls from Oz program, and also attracted a healthy crowd.
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said the Awards Nights were a chance for everyone to reflect on the year’s achievements.
“This year has been a significant one for our program, and we are collectively incredibly proud of what our students have accomplished in 2017,” Haintz said.
“I would like to congratulate all the students within our program, and make special mention of those who were presented individual awards at their respective awards nights.”
Shooting Stars is proudly supported by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, who reaffirmed its support of the program in November, extending the current partnership for up to three years, including $1.5m funding committed in the first year.
An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars aims to use netball and other tools as the vehicles to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.
The program now engages close to 300 students across six delivery sites; namely Halls Creek, Derby, Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Wiluna and Mullewa, with more than 60% of the students now attending school at a rate of 80% or higher, and a 10-12% increase in attendance across all sites year on year from 2016.
To learn more about the Shooting Stars program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships visit www.shootingstars.com.au