Phew! It’s been a busy International Women’s Day week for Stars across Australia, with programs involved in special events for school staff, community members, and VIPs.

Mildura Senior College Stars decorated the room and invited their teachers along for Morning Tea. Although it fell on a public holiday in Victoria, school staff came in on their day off to join our young women to celebrate this special day.

In Jabiru, students were guests at the Annual IWD Long Table High Tea, where they heard from strong women within their community. Year 12 student, Letisha, gave an inspiring speech about the challenges she has had to overcome to conquer fear, starting with small steps and building up her resilience.

At Sanderson Middle School in Darwin, our young women hosted a morning tea for teachers and support staff from around the school It was a great opportunity for the staff to mingle with the girls in their space and see all the hard work they had put into organising the event.

In Townsville, at Heatley Secondary College, Stars gave out packs of cookies and an origami star with an encouraging message written on it to all female staff at the school. This was followed by a yarn about this year’s IWD theme #ChooseToChallenge and a delicious lunch.

Junior Stars at Moulden Park Primary School held a Morning Tea with lots of fresh fruits and healthy snacks. Local MP Eva Lawler was also there to help the girls celebrate!

Thuringowa Stars in Townsville put on an Afternoon Tea and held a discussion about celebrating women’s achievements, what they hope to achieve as young Indigenous women, and what choices they can make to challenge others and themselves.