Shooting Stars push for healthy students

July 19, 2018

Health and well-being is often overlooked, especially as a teenager, however one student is doing her bit to ensure the future of her classmates is front of mind.

16-year-old Saripha Sesar is part of Shooting Stars at Carnarvon Community College, 900 kilometres north of Perth, and is in the process of arranging a health van to visit her school to offer check-ups for her fellow students.

Living in a regional area, Saripha believes more focus on health and well-being is essential.

“I’m passionate about helping people in remote communities or people who are struggling,” she said.

“People aren’t going to go to health departments to get check-ups, so I want to bring it to them.

“Health, that’s our future, kids don’t realise how important their future is especially with school and health.”

Just over a year ago Saripha admits she wasn’t in a good place and didn’t see the importance of education.

Her introduction to the Shooting Stars program has since created a positive pathway for her to focus on helping her community.

Shooting Stars is an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, which uses netball as a vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.

“I did end up going off track a little.”

“Shooting Stars gave me a lot of support, encouraged me to go to school.”

“You feel very comfortable around people in the community and in the school, they just welcome you in with open arms.”

Since joining Shooting Stars the future looks bright for Saripha, selected to participate alongside a group of high achieving students from the program to travel to Perth for the Shooting Stars Leadership Camp.

Shooting Stars is now working to help Saripha achieve her goal of bringing a health van to her school.

“They are always there with moral support, talking me through what I can do.”

“Those things are really good especially being an indigenous person there’s no one to go to, you don’t really have connections in the health department so having connections through Shooting Stars helps a lot.”

Saripha is one more than 300 young women who are part of the Shooting Stars program, which spans across seven sites in Western Australia, with an eighth site to be opened later this year in Leonora.

“There’s all these things for boys…There wasn’t so much support for girls and especially around the health sector and encouraging girls to go to activities at school.”

“Those little things that Shooting Stars do is so important for the girls to come to school to get an education.”

Click here to learn more about Shooting Stars.