Senior Stars students recently paid a visit to the Fire Station as part of the Work-Ready theme of their Stars contact time. Station Officer Colin Snowden guided us throughout the station and introduced us to the equipment necessary to detect fires, as well as extinguish them. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their insight into a firefighter’s role- especially the part where they tried on (rather oversized!) uniforms.
In the last week of Term 1, the Katherine Stars girls were asked to help run a BBQ at a youth week Pop up Youth EXPO held at Katherine High School.
The Pop up Youth EXPO had a number of local organisations setting up stalls to inform students about the youth services in our region. Organisations included; The Katherine Police, Anglicare, YouthworX and Centrelink.
Sandra Nelson MLA-Katherine, kindly donated supplies for a sausage sizzle for all students who attend Katherine High School, which the Stars Foundation students were pleased to cook! The girls showed great community spirit and volunteered their time to tirelessly cooked all through lunch to provide their peers with a tasty feed.
During Term 1, eleven students from Katherine Stars took part in the Certificate I in Business Course run by GTNT. The course took place at Charles Darwin University, Katherine and ran over an entire week. Each day the students were introduced to a new topic relating to business and how to become a competent worker. Topics included resume building, identifying OHS hazards and students learnt basic communication skills within the workplace. By undertaking this course students have become more aware of the life skills they possess and have learnt how to transfer these skills into a work environment.
The Stars Foundation offered an incentive trip at the end of 2016 to senior students who demonstrated respect, commitment, honesty and pride throughout the year and who had high attendance and completed all work. The girls enjoyed many activities such as zip lining, learning to surf, wildlife park visit, a Teppanyaki banquet, skirmish and indoor ski-diving. After all the excitement during the days the girls would come back to their waterfront home and fish off their own private jetty. What a perfect way to end the day!
Grapes, strawberries, blueberries and nuts – the girls have gone bananas over healthy lifestyles this term! The girls in the Tennant Creek Stars program have taken to the healthy lifestyle information promoting the reduction of sugar intake and making better choices with their diet. With nutritious choices being made at breakfast, recess and lunch the girls have sustained energy to last throughout the school day, bringing on great learning outcomes!!
As part of our healthy lifestyles focus, we regularly take trips to local areas to gather bush food. This week we took a trip after school to East Woody and went hunting to get Bush Blueberries. They are a delicious source of vitiman C. On the trip home, one of the girls explained that she liked to go out hunting together because it makes us feel happy and connect with our land. The benefits of these trips extend far beyond the healthy bush bounty that we collect!
Stars senior students from NHS visited the local Nhulunbuy Police Station on Monday for an insight into a police officer’s working day. Thirteen young women descended upon the station for a tour of the muster room, the watch house, the interview room and the armoury, led by Senior Constable Kellie Logan and Senior Aboriginal Community Police Officer Trudy Grenfell.
Stars girls had opportunity to view how security footage is obtained, have the items held in a utility belt and their usage explained, sit inside a police vehicle and talk into the radio and give the sirens a whirl. We even learned about fingerprints and DNA!
We also modelled high-vis police vests, hats and batons and submitted each other to our own random breath tests! The girls gained an idea of what an average day is like for a police officer working in a remote community, saw behind the scenes and were quite brave in voluntarily entering the rather formidable cells!
Our visit also allowed us to converse freely with police women and learn a little about what they enjoyed about their jobs and the diversity of the communities they had worked in. Imagine the surprise and delight when Stars girls realised that these women were not only police officers, but mothers too! It was a fantastic opportunity for students to see how modern women can juggle family, community and a high-profile career, and hopefully planted a seed in many young minds.
Throughout the duration of Term 3, the Middle Years Stars students at Katherine were invited to participate in a new community project – The Food Ladder. This project was still in its grass roots at the time, and the girls were asked to help develop it and prepare it for its unveiling to the wider community.
The Food Ladder is an organic garden providing fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables to supply to the community and local businesses, to help support healthy lifestyles. The girls were part of education sessions and learnt how to plant seedlings that are suitable for the climate of Katherine. This knowledge was transformed into creating our own gravity feeders at school and creating a compost scheme to support our school garden.
The students have recently assisted in the first harvest at Food Ladder, and were lucky enough to be part of the filming for a national TV crew broadcasting the event.
With perfect sunny clear skies in August, the Katherine Stars team took advantage of the opportunity to teach our Year 10 and 11 Stars students some flat-water canoe skills at the Katherine Gorge.
After a sunset hike to the Baruwei Lookout and a nights stay at Nitmiluk National Park, we set out for a four-hour paddle along the beautiful Katherine river.
The girls quickly learned that the key to paddling well is communication with your canoe partner, a bit of effort with your strokes, and working together as a team. The scenery was spectacular for the students, who managed to return back without a single capsize!