Learning the Ropes

More than 40 new Year 7 Stars from some of our Darwin programs got together for some Stars induction activities last week.

These special days give our girls an opportunity to get to know the program and build relationships with each other and the Mentors who will be supporting them throughout their high school years.

It’s also a time to familiarise them with the four important values that guide Stars in everything we do – Respect, Honesty, Commitment and Pride – as well as explore program expectations.

At the first stop, the girls had a lot of laughs giving give ice-skating a try at Darwin’s Ice-Skating Rink – in a hot climate like the NT, this was a first for most of them!

The group then spent some time at Darwin Esplanade taking part in a range of team-building exercises, including Ruckman’s Treasure, Hula Hoop Pass and a volleyball activity.

After a full day, dinner was a time to unwind, have a yarn and enjoy some free time together.

Our new Stars all agreed that the best parts of the day were meeting new friends, seeing new places and trying new things!

Welcome to Stars, Year 7s!

Big Stars, Little Stars

Each week our Nhulunbuy Stars and their Mentors provide an after-school activity program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Grades 4 to 6.

The aim is to have fun and build relationships so that the younger girls have a smooth transition into high school and the Stars program.

Importantly, the  program also provides our Stars with an opportunity to step into the role of inspirational mentors and for the younger students.

To kick off our 2020 sessions, and welcome the newest ‘Little Stars’, the students visited local recreational area, Banambarrna, for a picnic overlooking the beach, an energetic ‘Troopy disco’, and a spot of footy in the bush!

The younger girls and our Nhulunbuy Stars had a wonderful time having fun and getting to know one another – and everyone’s really looking forward to the next session.

Stars Graduate Receives Awards

Tennant Creek 2019 Stars Graduate, Alana Foster, last week travelled to Alice Springs to receive the Northern Territory Board of Studies Indigenous Award.

Alana received several awards in 2019, including Academic Excellence Awards and the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation Cadetship.

The Julalikari Council Award is given to a Year 12 student in recognition of their commitment, effort and overall achievement both in academic pursuits and personal development.

The recipient is also given a one-year cadetship in a suitable field within the organisation. Alana will be studying a Certificate 3 in Community Services while she undertakes her cadetship at one of Julalikari’s childcare centres in Tennant Creek.

Big congratulations to Alana on her hard work and many achievements. You are a wonderful role model with a great future ahead of you. Everyone at Stars is super proud of you!

Artwork Stars on Women’s Bats!

The beautiful artwork of Darwin Star, Luneta Bindoraho, featured on the Kookaburra bats of several of Australia’s women cricketers on Saturday.

During the Australian Women’s Cricket team’s Indigenous-themed Twenty20 International against England, Alyssa Healy, Rachel Haynes and Megan Schutt played with bats adorned with Luneta’s design.

Luneta’s artwork was seen by the world on television broadcasts of the match on the weekend and we couldn’t be prouder of her!

Stars from around Australia were invited by Kookaburra to submit their artwork to adorn the bats of the Australian superstars in this special match, inspired by Dan Christian’s challenge to Clontarf Academies for the recent Melbourne Renegades Indigenous BBL match.

Cricketer, Alyssa Healy, said she was excited to use the bat on what was a first for the Australian women’s team.

“The concept of the Indigenous-themed game is something I was very excited to be part of.  The opportunity to support Stars Foundation and represent the artwork of young Indigenous girls is something I am thrilled to support,” Healy said.

Stars Foundation is a partner of Cricket Australia’s Indigenous cricket programs.

Welcoming Our New Stars!

We were delighted to welcome some new Year 7 girls when our Haileybury Rendall School boarders returned to school from their communities this week.

The girls come to Stars from a number of communities across the Northern Territory and Western Australia, including Halls Creek, Borroloola and Warruwi.

First order of business were some orientation activities to familiarise the girls with the school and get them fitted for their uniforms and school shoes.

An introduction to the Stars program, including a discussion of our core values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment, Pride – was followed by some fun and games to break the ice and begin building positive relationships.

Welcome to Stars, girls!

Celebration Trip for Nhulunbuy Stars

Our Nhulunbuy Year 12 Stars returned home from their end-of-year celebration trip to the Gold Coast with vibrant memories and much excitement about the future.

A highlight was a visit to the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for a tour with Indigenous student mentors from the Oodgeroo Unit, the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success unit, which provides admission pathways and support for Indigenous people.

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Welcome to Our New Partners

We welcome our new partners to the Stars family and thank them for their commitment to our work:

  • Bank of Queensland
  • Tabcorp/The Lott
  • Caltex
  • QBE Foundation
  • Ross Trust
  • William Buckland Foundation
  • Ian & Alison McKenzie Family Foundation

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Reflecting on a Big Year

Our Year 9 Heatley Stars have reflected on a big year with a Wellbeing Afternoon, where they had lots of fun kayaking together and then enjoyed a relaxed dinner at a local restaurant.

During their meal, the group had a yarn with their Mentors about the highlights of the year – many of which were Stars activities and camps, where they were given the opportunity to do things they hadn’t done before.

2019 has been a huge year of development and change for our Year 9s and it’s been such a pleasure for us to watch them grow into strong, determined young women who always keep in mind the Stars Values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment and Pride.

Proud of you all!

Stars Foundation
To support and enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make active choices towards realizing their full potential in all aspects of their development and wellbeing.