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!

Celebrating our Super Stars 2019!

Stars is super proud of the courageous and resilient First Nations girls and young women in our programs – and at the end of every year we celebrate their hard work!

Stars Awards Nights were held around Australia during November and December, with students, Stars Mentors, families and communities coming together to honour the achievements of our Stars during 2019.


Reward for Hard Work

Year 11 Heatley Stars were taken on an overnight camp recently as a reward for being committed to achieving their personal goals around attendance, commitment and hard work.

As part of the camp, our young women were taken to Townsville City Council, where they met some Indigenous employees and heard about the job opportunities available to them at the Council.

This was followed by some fun – but very messy – team building with a few rounds of hot and sweaty paintball!

Overnight accommodation was at Bushland Beach, where the girls cooked a delicious dinner for their Mentors and some school and other support staff.

Before bed, our Stars sat in a yarning circle with their Mentors to talk about what they are proud of achieving during this year and what they’d like to work on for next year.

Go for it you Stars – bring on Year 12!

Learning on Country

Jabiru Stars Program and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation’s Djidbi Djidbi College are working together to more fully engage our students through the sharing of cultural experiences.

This term our Stars have been taking part in Learning on Country once a week, alongside Djidbi Djidbi College boarders.

Last Thursday the girls were taken fishing and this week they went hunting – and snagged a very fat magpie goose!

It’s not all about having fun though, the students are also taking care of country. Three garbage bags full of plastic and rubbish were picked up from out bush and brought back to town for disposal.

Brilliant effort!


Super Stars Shine in Jabiru

This week our Jabiru Super Stars, their families and community members – along with NT Minister for Education Selina Uibo – gathered together to celebrate their hard work and fantastic achievements during 2019.

Star of the Year went to Catherine Ralph, who has achieved above and beyond this year, completing not only her Certificates II and III in Conservation Land Management, but also completing her NTCET a year early!

Our Rising Star was Keira Manning, who, since joining the program, has consistently demonstrated the Stars Values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment, Pride – and is always the first to participate in programs and lend a hand to others.

There was a tie for the Jabiru Attendance Award with K’Sharnae Clancy and Leah Tambling both having a stellar attendance rate of 96 per cent!

Thanks to Jabiru Area School, the Mecure Croc Hotel, Cooinda Lodge and Kakadu Tourism, ERA, Ranger Women’s Network, West Arnhem Regional Council and Jabiru Foodland for their support with this special event.

East Arnhem Homelands Camp

Nhulunbuy Stars were invited by the Laynhapuy Youth Program to the homeland community of GanGan – ancestral land of the Dhalwaŋu people – to take part in a training session and game with AFL NT and the Geelong Cats, along with Homeland students from Wandawuy, Dhalinbuy, Yilpara and GanGan.

Our Stars came together with other young people from surrounding Homelands and Nhulunbuy for skills-building in the shade of the basketball court, followed by a fast-paced and hilarious game of footy on GanGan’s community and youth built footy oval. Even our Stars Mentors braved the heat to have a run!

After the game, GanGan community showed the young people their warm (and uniquely Homelands East Arnhem!) hospitality with a welcoming bunggul and manikay (dance and songline ceremony).

The next day saw our Stars participate in a discussion around alcohol and drug issues, followed by basketball, a tug-of-war with the staff, and a special tour of Gan Gan’s beautiful freshwater spots with Traditional Owner, Billy Gumana.

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