Shooting Stars continues to promote emerging leaders, with six students from Years 6-9 at Carnarvon Community College attending a cultural camp in Shark Bay earlier this term.
Danika Dutton, Kyliesha Kaine, Shanti Peck, Larianah Quatermaine, Karleah Pickett and Shakiya Dodd all demonstrated leadership skills that can be nurtured into encouraging better decision making that can influence positive change in their respective peer groups and the broader community.
Run by Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Adventures, the camp was centred around sleeping under the stars, and gaining knowledge around bush medicine, bush cooking, culture, caring for country, leadership, teamwork and safety.
Shooting Stars Community Development Coordinator, Rose Whitau, said the students represented the program and school with pride, confidence and respect.
“Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and this was a unique opportunity for the students to be involved in,” Whitau said.
“For the six girls we took on this camp, half had never been camping before, so living off the land and interacting with it in such an intimate way was a brand new experience for them.”
The students spent time kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkelling and fishing.
Here is what some of the girls had to say about the experience:
“On Wednesday 18th October 2017, I went on a Shark Bay camp with Shooting Stars. The thing I liked most was going kayaking at Peron because we saw sharks and sting rays swimming around us. On the last night, Capes & I went out on the Big Lagoon net fishing. Within five minutes I saw an object in front of me. I told Capes and he told me to stomp my feet, so I did and it went straight into the net. It was a big green sea turtle! I got to pat and hold the turtle and all the other girls did too.” – Shanti Peck (Year 7)
“On the 18th to 22nd of October we went to Shark Bay. It was really fun and I got to hang out with my Pop Darren Capewell, my uncle Ky and my three and a half year old Aunty. We were chosen out of 80 students in Shooting Stars. While we were there we did a 6km kayak and a 4km walk. While we were in Shark Bay we had heaps of fun. I had fun believing in myself and also learning new things, like what sort of bush food you can eat and which ones you can’t. I liked it because I got to hang out with my family. We also went to the hot tub every night. Overall, it was a really great experience.” – Larianah Quartermaine (Year 7)
“I went on the Shark Bay camp and was happy to be selected out of 80 girls. On camp we walked, explored beaches, went kayaking and laughed so much at funny things. I overcame my deepest fear of the deep ocean when we were kayaking – it was scary & fun! We also did lots of dishes, went to Monkey Mia and I got to feed the dolphin! We also made a little campfire band and ate fish, oysters and crab (yummy). I also learnt about leadership, respect, communication and safety.” – Karleah Pickett (Year 8)
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