Name: Lynley Jetta
Role: Program Coordinator – Meekatharra/Wiluna
What school are you based at? Meekatharra District High School
Give us a snap shot of what your day to day job consists of: My first major project at the school kept me very busy making sure everything was good to go for the Shooting Stars room launch. At the present moment my day to day job consists of liaising with students from Years 5,6,7 in primary and in high school. I also liaise with school staff and community networking to build strong and lasting relationships. I volunteer to help out with the schools breakfast program whenever the opportunity arises as it gives me another way to interact with the girls and eating healthy and ready for the day. I also encourage the girls to improve their attendance whether be greeting them in the morning at lines (school classroom count) or seeing which girls are in today. I make it a priority that each girl knows about the program and how education through netball, that they can have a brighter future or set goals. I have no doubt for the school terms to come I will be very busy setting up reward camps, day activities, bush outings and lots of other fun learning experiences for the girls.
What do you love most about your job?
I love most about my job is the everyday interactions I have with the Shooting Stars girls. Also having the opportunity to go on awesome camps, community activities and training.
How has working with Shooting Stars benefitted you?
In the short amount of time I have been here I have created solid relationships with the girls and staff. The program has already given me access to certificates and training to better improve my professional knowledge. Seeing a smile or positive feedback from the program encourages me to be a positive and encouraging role model in the school and in the community.
What attracted you to the role?
What attracted me to the role is that I love playing, teaching and having fun in netball. When the opportunity arose for this position, I was excited to be able to help and encourage young girls to participate in netball, while improving their school attendance, self-esteem and confidence.
Why is the Shooting Stars organisation important to the community?
The program is important to the community as it is a pathway for young girls to participate and engage in sport and education at the same time. Meekatharra doesn’t have a full time sporting competition, the program enables the girls to travel to different regions showcasing their awesome talents. It also shows the community a new leadership of young women are making changes in their lives to better themselves through school to lift the community and bring people of all walks of life together.
How do you envisage the programme evolving in the future?
I envisage the programme in the future as a national program across all states of Australia. Hopefully the program remains permanent for the next generations to come.