Community involvement with our STARS Girls at Sanderson Middle School has involved the Year 9 group volunteering each week at PAWS Darwin, which is a re-homing program for abandoned or unclaimed animals. Their duties included, cleaning kennels, feeding, bathing, walking and exercising the animals. This was a very enjoyable and successful term at PAWS with a chance to continue on for the rest of the year.
Each Wednesday students volunteer their time at the local RSPCA animal shelter. They carry out duties such as laundry, sweeping, making enrichment toys, sorting through donations and also get time to play with the kittens.
Students also participated in the Youth Week event “Couch surfing” where students designed and painted an old couch to help raise awareness for homelessness in Australia. Students had the opportunity to meet and mingle with various organisations like the NT Police, Head Space, Catholic Care NT, CAAPS, Anglicare and many more.
The CSC Stars year 10 camp this term took us to Craw Claw Island, where we were joined by the NMS Stars year 7’s. We started with a visit to the Territory Wildlife Park, then made our way on the dirt track to Crab Claw. During our time there the girls enjoyed activities such as fishing, swimming, walking in the mangroves collecting Long Bums and Peri Winkles. Overall the girls enjoyed their visit, making new friends, learning life skills and having a cultural experience.
On the 22nd of June, 10 middle-years Stars from Katherine High School visited Parliament House. During the visit the group attended a Parliament sitting, went on the Chief Minister’s tour and were invited to have lunch with our local member, Sandra Nelson. The girls also enjoyed meeting the Member for Arnhem, Selena Uibo, who talked about coming from humble beginnings and always pursuing your dreams. We were also lucky to have a surprise visit from the member for Nightcliff Natasha Fyles, the Minister for Education, Eva Lawler and the Honourable Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, to end our visit.
On Tuesday 30th May a group of year 8 Stars girls attended a work place visit at the local Food Ladder as part of their contact time. The girls received a run down on how to care for plants and they also got to check out the produce growing in the green house and taste test some kale & rosellas. On our departure, Food Ladder presented the girls with very healthy beetroot, cucumber and egg plant.
On Friday of Week 6, a small group of Stars girls were selected to represent Sanderson Middle School and Stars at the National Sorry Day commemorations at Jingili Water Gardens. The girls were volunteering at the event by pinning purple Hibiscus flowers and purple ribbons on the elderly ladies and also escorting them to their reserved seating. The girls got to catch up with family and also got to meet new people who are long distance relatives. The Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim, was also present at the event and the girls were lucky enough to grab a quick photo and assisted her with her uniform and chain. The girls enjoyed the event so much that they took the time to escort one of the elderly ladies around the event to visit stalls and have a good old fashioned yarn with her about her younger days.
On Friday 26th of May 2017 the Dripstone Stars program participated in the community event ‘National Sorry Day’ at the Jingili Watergardens. National Sorry Day marks the date the Australian Government made an official apology to Indigenous Australians. Stars students served tea/coffee and damper to members of the Stolen Generation and had the opportunity to listen to their stories of strength and adversity.
Feature photo: Tamiah-Rae Wilson and Ekyra Newton-Aragon serving the ladies from Stolen Generation coffee and damper.
On Thursday of week 7, Stars Year 11 students participated in a full day of activities In recognition of their hard work and excellent attitude during term 2. Our day started off with a bacon and egg breakfast in the Stars Room, before we set off for Crocosaurus Cove in the city. We then headed out to the Darwin War Museum to learn about the Bombing of Darwin and have a look at the remaining World War II cannon placements around East Point. It was then down to Cullen Bay for fish and chips for lunch. To finish our day we took a refreshing dip at the Waterfront on the Big Buoy waterpark. This was probably the highlight of the day as the girls took turns in bouncing each other off the inflatable slides. The day was an excellent way for the girls to reset and focus on Stage 1 exams coming up during week 8. CSC would like to wish all Year 11 students who are sitting exams at the end of this term the best of luck.
This term at Stars in Yirrkala we have had a big focus on giving back to our community. One highlight was organising our first ever car wash. Many teachers and staff at Yirrkala School as well as community members provided vehicles which were in dire need of tender love and care. Our young women had a blast and felt wonderful giving back to their community and has inspired some of them to begin a small business doing car detailing.
As part of the Department of Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program, Stars Foundation was lucky enough to be invited to join an industry tour around Katherine Research Station. The industry tours focused on where STEM subjects can lead, how they are utilised in the workplace and what career pathways can be forged. Thank you to Sandy Talbot for organising the tour and inviting us to come along.