A group of high-achieving Shooting Stars Program participants are bound for Perth for the annual Shooting Stars Leadership Camp.
Ten girls in Year 9 and older from Carnarvon, Meekatharra, Leonora, Narrogin and Mullewa will come together on June 12 for a range of leadership activities over four days.
The students have been rewarded for excellent school attendance and behaviour, but were also required to apply to take part as they commit to delivering a leadership project for their communities later in the year.
The Camp is an opportunity to experience Perth and engage with strong Aboriginal leaders to gain cultural knowledge and understanding and some project management skills.
Among the unique experiences will be:
· Taking part in a West Coast Fever Indigenous Dress Blessing Ceremony
· A Leadership session with Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich and Shooting Stars Ambassadors Courtney Bruce, Jhaniele Fowler and Verity Charles
· A Leadership workshop with the West Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI)
· A tour of innovative Start-Up Hub Bloom and St Catherine’s College
· A session at the UWA’s School of Indigenous Studies
· A visit to the Saracen Mineral Holdings Perth office
· An appearance on Noongar Radio
All the girls will then attend West Coast Fever’s clash with Adelaide Thunderbirds at RAC Arena on June 15, which is the club’s dedicated Shooting Stars match as well as the Suncorp Super Netball Indigenous Round, where they will be on court for the Welcome to Country.
During the Camp, the leaders from each site will be introduced to post-school pathway opportunities and meet other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are engaged in these activities.
This is the fourth year the Shooting Stars Leadership Camp has been run, with close to 50 girls benefiting from it over that time.
Among the projects that have been successfully delivered to remote communities as a result of the Program have been Health Checks for Carnarvon students, a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Halls Creek and a Buddy System for new High School students in Narrogin.
Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz said the Camp was evolving each year and she was proud of its outcomes.
“These students have been rewarded for their impressive progress throughout the year,” Haintz said.
“It is thoroughly deserved for all their hard work and effort in the school environment.”
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of these girls and hopefully something that they will treasure for a long time.”
“Being exposed to these opportunities will serve as further motivation for them to maintain the level of engagement in our Program and school. It’s also about showing the positive pathways that are achievable for girls from remote communities.”