Shooting Stars heads to WA’s South

May 7, 2018

Shooting Stars is pleased to announce the launch of its first site south of Perth as the program continues encourage greater attendance in schools for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

The new site will be based at Narrogin Senior High School and is the Program’s seventh, with around 25 participants set to embrace the start of the new school term.

Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said the launch of the site was another milestone for the successful program.

“We are proud to continue the growth of Shooting Stars and in turn see more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls given the chance to achieve their full potential,” she said.

“I would like to thank Narrogin Senior High School, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Education for their support in helping the program expand across the State.”

“We hope the opening of the Narrogin site will be the first of many Shooting Stars locations south of Perth.”

Participation in the program enables girls to have a taste of success, to improve their self-image, develop hope and aspirations about their future, and provide motivation to attend school to achieve those aspirations.

Narrogin is now the seventh Shooting Stars site in Western Australia, which include Carnarvon, Derby, Halls Creek, Mullewa, Meekatharra and Wiluna.

The Program continues to be a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 75% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.

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An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.

The program now engages more than 300 students across six delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 75% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.

Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations and corporate partnerships, visit www.shootingstars.com.au