Name: Melanie De La Coeur
From: Katherine, Northern Territory
Role: Assistant Program Coordinator, Halls Creek
Which school are you based at? Halls Creek D.H.S
Give us a snap shot of what your day to day job consists of: Planning and organising session for each form and Health and Wellbeing classes. Making sure that our girls are happy and safe within the school ground in and out of their classrooms. Encourage girls to come to school more so that they can come onto rewards trips, we reward girls that have high attendance in school. Engage within the community.
What do you love most about your job? Working with these young girls and trying to lead them into the right direction and also supporting the girls to make good choices in life. I love the rewards trips, showing the girls that there are more opportunity outside of Halls Creek. Having fun with these girls whilst they learn during our form time and Health and Wellbeing classes.
How has working with Shooting Stars benefitted you? It has changed my view on a lot of things, being apart of Shooting Stars helps me learn new things every day including forcing me to be a little bit more creative in my approach to my job. I have also learnt a lot of new skills which is great.
What attracted you to the role? To be honest it was the netball element that initially attracted me, I love netball. Living in Halls Creek there are very little activities for young girls and the ladies. When I saw a job that was involved with sports I just wanted to be a part of this team. Also personally I wanted to change to a different career. I had always been in administration jobs and I wanted to work in a school environment. This also assists me with my children.
How do you envisage the programme evolving in the future? I believe that Shooting Stars in Halls Creek will be making a huge change for all young girls within this community giving them just as much opportunity as we can, more sporting, more girls group activities and better schooling opportunities.