Building Trust, Boosting Engagement

Some Year 10 and 11 Katherine Stars with lower levels of school attendance were taken on an overnight re-engagement camp to Katherine Gorge recently.

The aim was to strengthen relationships, develop trust and remind our young women about the importance of completing Year 12.

At the camp site, once their tents and swags were set up, the girls and their Mentors gathered together to play games designed to develop trust and encourage positive interaction.

Once everyone felt comfortable and settled, and were getting along well, the girls went on a hike to Baruwei Lookout, where they sat with one another to watch a magical Katherine Gorge sunset.

Back at camp, the girls cooked dinner and the whole group sat down together like a family to eat and have a yarn. Later, toasting marshmallows around the campfire, the girls and their Mentors shared stories about their own lives and where they saw themselves in the future.

The campfire session was a great opportunity to highlight to the girls the importance of attending school, getting a good education and completing Year 12, so they can build a positive and independent future for themselves.