One of the most important elements of the Stars program are the strong, positive relationships of trust that we build with our girls.
We know that if our girls feel a sense of belonging – of being cared for and cared about – they are much more likely to attend school and engage fully in their learning.
Recently, Stars Mentors from Katherine took some of the Year 7, 8 and 9 students on an overnight engagement camp at the stunning Litchfield National Park, south west of Darwin.
The girls were selected to attend the engagement camp with the view of increasing their attendance. It was clear that with the right encouragement and support, the girls’ attendance and engagement could be significantly improved.
During the camp, the Katherine Stars visited Wangi Falls and had a brilliant time swimming at Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls. Activities also included face painting, footy and a range of board games, which all encouraged fun and easy interaction.
By building strong relationships with the girls, and encouraging them to bond with each other, our Stars Mentors encourage them to feel more positive about attending school, engaging with each other and the Stars staff, and taking an active role in their own learning.