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Celebrating & Learning at Garma

Our wonderful Nhulunbuy Mentors took our Senior Nhulunbuy Stars to the Education Fair at the nationally and internationally renowned Garma Festival of Traditional Culture in Arnhem Land last week.

The Garma Festival is the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu culture and incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance and music, as well as other important forums and education programs.

On arrival at the site, our young women first participated in a raypirri – a smoking ceremony to welcome young participants and their teachers to Gulkula.

They then took part in a series of exciting ‘pop-up classrooms’, hosted by a range of different organisations, including a digital editing activity and a drumbeat workshop with the Northern Territory Music School.

After enjoying these activities, the girls had the luxury of attending a hairdressing salon set up in the bush for haircuts and braids!

Cricket Australia and Stars Foundation Partnership Launch

Stars Foundation and Cricket Australia announce partnership

Cricket Australia, Stars Foundation Announce Partnership to Support Health and Education of Indigenous Girls

December 01, 2015

Cricket Australia and the Stars Foundation have announced a partnership that will see cricket used to achieve education outcomes for young Indigenous girls in schools across the Northern Territory. 

The initial 12-month partnership, which was announced at Sanderson Middle School in Darwin today, will reach 500 girls in the NT, helping students gain education and training qualifications.

Through the partnership, cricket will be used to increase student engagement and attendance, and promote health and wellbeing.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager, Game and Market Development, Andrew Ingleton said the partnership will help achieve results beyond the cricket field.

“We’re excited to establish this partnership with the Stars Foundation,” Mr Ingleton said.

“Not only will it encourage more Indigenous girls to play cricket but, importantly, it will also contribute positively to the education and health of the students.

“This partnership is further evidence of the power of sport to be used to achieve outcomes beyond on-field success and participation.”

Stars Foundation CEO Andrea Goddard said the partnership between the two organisations will have a lasting effect on the education and health of Indigenous girls.

“The Stars Foundation is very grateful to CA for their support. Partnerships like these are vitally important, not just for funding but for the opportunity that they provide for young women and their education, health and wellbeing,” Ms Goddard said. 

“The Stars Foundation is making a positive difference in the lives of indigenous girls. Since its introduction at Sanderson Middle School, it has had an immediate and positive improvement on the engagement and learning of the girls who attend the school.”

The purpose of the Stars Foundation is to improve education and health outcomes for Indigenous girls. With the valued support of the NT Department of Education, Stars programs are now operating in six schools across the NT. 

The partnership with the Stars Foundation complements Cricket Australia’s partnership with the Clontarf Foundation that has cricket in 61 schools reaching 3838 Indigenous boys.

In 2014-15, more than 26,000 Indigenous Australians played cricket. Cricket returns to the NT in February 2016 via the inaugural National Indigenous Cricket Championships and annual Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.

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Stars Foundation Classroom

Girls’ engagement program implemented into seven Territory schools


Peter Chandler
Minister for Education

Girls’ engagement program implemented into seven Territory schools
17 July 2015

Seven Territory high schools will be provided with an engagement program aimed at supporting Indigenous female students to obtain Education and Training qualifications.

Minister for Education Peter Chandler said the girls’ engagement program is a key part of the Northern Territory Government’s A Share in the Future – Indigenous Education Strategy Implementation Plan 2015 – 2017.

“Similar to the Clontarf program for Indigenous boys, the new girl’s engagement program is tailored to reinforce engagement and attendance, implementing a system-wide approach with a focus on educational outcomes, health and wellbeing amongst Indigenous female students,” Mr Chandler said.

“The program will assist students to obtain a Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training and assist with their employment options beyond school.”

Stars Foundation Limited (Stars Foundation) has been selected as the provider of the new Indigenous girls’ engagement program.

Stars Foundation is a public company limited by guarantee. A board of directors has oversight of the management of the foundation and is headed by Chair Marion Scrymgour who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Wurli Wurlingjang Aboriginal Corporation.

“We would like to thank the NT Government for providing support to this very important program, which we believe will make a significant difference to young Aboriginal women in education and in preparing for adult life,” Ms Scrymgour said.

Stars Foundation will operate the new girls’ engagement program at Katherine High School, Dripstone Middle School, Sanderson Middle School, Nhulunbuy High School, Yirrkala School, Casuarina Senior College and Tennant Creek High School.

“The new girls’ engagement program as well as operating using funding from the Northern Territory Government will be complemented by a philanthropic investment by the Stars Foundation,” Mr Chandler said.

“It is expected that each program will be operational either in full or in part by the end of Term 3, 2015 with two commencing in Term 4.”

A total of $4.83M has been committed to the girls’ engagement program by the Northern Territory Government.

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