Shooting Stars supports staff development

August 25, 2017

In addition to supporting participants to attain their educational goals and succeed in life after school, Shooting Stars continues to drive the professional development of its staff, with a number of team members recently completing upskilling and training.

The program is now fully staffed with a team of 16, with 60% of the staff identifying as Indigenous.

Program Coordinator – Derby, Sonia Tait, last week travelled to Perth to complete the New Manager course at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), courtesy of an AIM scholarship awarded in March this year.

Tait was the fourth Shooting Stars staff member to undertake AIM’s New Manager course, and relished the opportunity to network with her peers and gain valuable new skills to assist in managing her staff.

Alex Vaughan-Taylor (Program Coordinator – Carnarvon) completed the course earlier this year, while Helen Ockerby (Community Development Coordinator – Kimberley), and Rose Whitau (Community Development Coordinator – Mid West Gascoyne) completed it in 2016.

Whitau and Ockerby recently travelled to Toronto, Canada to present their paper on Yarning Circles at the World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education (WIPCE), with the latter nearing the completion of a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Several staff have completed, or are currently undertaking, Certificates.

Program Coordinator – Halls Creek, Hayley Rivers, has completed her Certificate IV in Sport & Recreation, while Derby Program Assistant Kirsten Howard completed her Certificate III in Sport & Recreation during her Shooting Stars Traineeship.

Mullewa Trainee Chiari Djiagween is working towards completing completed her Certificate IV in Youth Work.

Shooting Stars is also giving its staff the opportunity to learn from their peers, by experiencing the workings of other program sites, with Carnarvon Program Assistant Rena Abreu headed to the Kimberley to work alongside Tait, Rivers, Howard and Ockerby for a week at the end of Term 3.

Shooting Stars Executive Officer Fran Haintz, who was recently named runner up for a Behind Closed Doors Women in Boards Award, said the development of its staff was something the program prided itself on.

“Our core business is growing our participants, and in order to do that, it’s imperative we continue to grow our own staff members,” Haintz said.

“Shooting Stars is about developing individuals at every level of the business, and we are incredibly proud of what our staff members have achieved.”

“I’m confident the training they have undertaken will result in great outcomes for our participants, and it’s exciting to see our staff continue to push their own individual boundaries.”


An initiative of Netball WA and the Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars aims to use netball as the vehicle to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Indigenous 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.

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