Preparing for Work

The Stars ‘Day in the Life’ initiative in Tennant Creek began earlier this year, with senior Star, Shakira, spending a day shadowing a police officer.

The day further sparked Shakira’s interest in joining the police force when she finishes Year 12. Since then she’s been steadily working to develop a range of skills, which will support her application to become a cadet.

She is now undertaking a Certificate III in Business and has begun a placement at the local hospital recently.

The next step is for Shakira to obtain her driver’s licence. She has been having driving lessons with her Stars Mentor, Jemma, and is almost ready to tackle her test already.

You are a super Star, Shakira!

Stars Stress Less

The leadership skills of our Tennant Creek Stars were showcased yesterday, when they volunteered to assist with the NT Department of Health’s ‘Stress Less’ event, held at Tennant Creek High School.

‘Stress Less’ is all about challenging perceptions about mental illness and helping people understand what it means and how to get help if they need it.

Our Stars helped to ensure that all students and visitors had an opportunity to participate in the dedicated program of events, which focused on three key areas: Mindfulness, Looking After Yourself and Looking After Each Other.

Some of our Stars also assisted the special guest speakers – AFL NT legend and former player, Daniel Motlop, and current AFL Thunder player, Ebony Miller – in coordinating the audiences.

The guest speakers spoke to students, staff and visitors about how they have looked after their own mental health – and navigated the inevitable pitfalls – on their journey to success.

‘Stress Less’ was an important event for the Tennant Creek community and we are super proud of the way in which our Stars shone in their leadership roles on the day.

Increasing Engagement

Our Stars Mentors work hard to ensure that the students in our programs are attending school regularly and fully engaging in their learning.

One of the ways they do this is to take our girls and young women on special camps and excursions, where they focus on building trust and strengthening relationships to increase engagement.

Ten of our Katherine Stars were invited by their Mentors to attend a Middle Years Engagement excursion to Mataranka recently.

As part of the day, our Stars visited the Little Roper Stock Camp, where they were given an opportunity to feed animals, including horses, pigs, buffalo and cattle, and handle some reptiles, including a huge python!

After all the excitement, the girls sat together around the campfire for a yarn, while they waited for the billy to boil and the johnny cakes to cook.

On the way home, the group stopped at Bitter Springs, where the girls enjoyed swimming and playing in the beautiful clear water.

Cattle Wrangling in the NT

Two of our Tennant Creek Stars have just returned from the show circuit, where they were able to showcase the skills they’ve acquired as part of their Certificate II in Agriculture.

The young women participated in the cattle competitions in Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin and Tennant Creek and were very proud to bring home some First and Second place prizes for leading cattle.

The VET course in Agriculture has been an amazing journey for these two young women and they say that, apart from the many practical skills they’ve learnt, they’ve also been able to make a lot of new friends across the Territory.

Super proud of you both, Kalyca and Deja!

Stars in Japan!

Senior Nhulunbuy Stars, Tyla and Siena, had a life-changing experience over the school holidays when they joined a group of students and teachers on the ‘Around the Bend’ tour to Japan

The girls visited Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka. We are super proud of them for being so open to new experiences and having the courage to leave the comforts of home and family to travel all the way to Japan.

Both young women found the experience rich and rewarding. Here’s what they had to say:


“The food was pretty good, it was all cheap and top-notch quality – curry udon was my favourite food! The Japanese people were kind and respectful; you could ask them to take a picture for you and they went out of their way to be polite and helpful and take that picture.

“The aquarium was my favourite place, I felt emotionally invested in that place. I really liked the berle sharks, seeing them feeding and how they moved. The baby seals made my heart melt! I felt connected to the animals.

“Overall Japan was just deadly, all I could think was ‘this is great!’ I just didn’t want to leave. “


“My favourite food is noodles and gyoza, and I went to the home of noodles and gyoza! Bucket list item ticked off!

To me, Japan was the streets – with your friends, laughing and having a good time, walking down a street at twilight with people whizzing past on bikes and cars going every which way. There were lights everywhere, billboards lighting up all over and just people enjoying life. People-watching was one of the things I liked.

“It felt dream-like and surreal. Being in another country without my family on a school-trip – I thought it was going to be hard but I was with a good group of peers who I got to know better on the trip and the experiences just kept rolling one after the other. There were so many moments that I just had to stop and appreciate that I was in JAPAN!

I’d like other young Stars girls to know that home is always going to be here. So, take chances to go and experience another culture. I love sharing my culture, and do it often, so it’s nice to experience another as opposed to sharing my own.”


Exploring Future Pathways

As part of our strong emphasis on future pathways, our senior Katherine Stars been supported by Stars to take part in some fantastic programs to develop their understanding of career and study opportunities.

A group of young women participated in the Air Force Indigenous Youth Program, which aims to provide First Nations young people with exposure to a range of skills, trades and lifestyle experiences to showcase the range of careers available within the Royal Australian Air Force.

They were taught to march in unison, as well as having an opportunity to explore some of the RAAF jets and speak with the personnel.

Several of the students said they found the marching training challenging but rewarding.

“They taught us to be proud and not march with our heads down,” says Brittany.

Tasheena said the visit opened her eyes “to all the different jobs in the RAAF. Next year when I finish school I may be interested in their gap-year program.”

Another group of Katherine Stars were lucky enough to take part in the Indigenous Australia Science and Infrastructure Development (SID) School in Brisbane.

The SID School is designed to expose First Nations students in years 10, 11 and 12 to the many study options they can choose if they’re interested in a career in Biological, Earth and Environmental sciences, Chemistry, Information technology, Urban development and planning, and Stakeholder engagement.

The young women participated in a range of hands-on activities, discussions and site visits to give them a taste of university and professional life.

A Life Changing Experience

One of the two  Year 12 Casuarina Stars who travelled to South Australia to participate in the Santos Karnkanthi Engineering School program at Adelaide University recently described it as ‘a life changing experience’.

‘I was going to take a gap year, but now I’m just going to go straight to uni!’ she said.

The other student said her time at Adelaide University ‘was really eye opening, we had some amazing experiences.’

Stars places a strong emphasis on encouraging our students to explore employment and further education opportunities before leaving secondary school and supporting them to make a successful transition.

At Adelaide University, the young women participated in a range of practical activities to develop their engineering skills, as well as attending lectures and even sitting a mock exam.

They said that one of the highlights was getting an opportunity to climb the Adelaide football oval stand and spend some time talking to the architect who designed it.

On returning to school, the young women were so enthused that they even managed to convince a fellow student, who never thought she could, to go to university next year.

That’s what Stars is all about – helping First Nations girls and young women to see what’s possible and supporting them to realise their full potential.

Rewarding Attendance

Regular school attendance is critical to learning. Stars encourages attendance in many ways and the girls and young women in our programs who attend school regularly are rewarded for their commitment.

Years 8 & 9 Heatley Stars who achieved an attendance rate of 90 per cent or above and consistently displayed the Stars values – Respect, Honesty, Commitment, Pride – throughout Semester 1 were taken on a camp to the Atherton Tablelands recently.

Not only was the camp a recognition of their effort, it also gave our Stars an opportunity to engage in activities they’d never done before, including camping and horse riding, which well and truly got them out of their comfort zones!

Our Stars were lucky enough to go on the Mamu Tropical Sky Wal,k where they heard from Alf Joyce, an Elder of the Mamu people, they also visited Milla Milla Waterfall and the Tolga Bat Hospital.

It was great to see the girls pushing themselves beyond what they thought they could do and achieving success!

Tennant Creek Stars Host Expo

Our amazing Tennant Creek Stars played the multiple roles of gracious hosts, ambassadors and facilitators at the Tennant Creek Early Years Expo 2019 last week.

The Expo was designed to let the local community know more about the early years facilities and services in the region, as well as showcase the many career opportunities in the sector.

Hundreds of local community members and service providers flooded through the doors of the Civic Centre, where they were greeted by a Stars student before exploring the Expo.

There were range of stalls and activities on offer, including a treasure hunt, craft, language lessons, dancing and a lunch of yummy kangaroo stew.

Our Stars showed impressive confidence and leadership skills as Expo hosts, drawing on all four pillars of the Stars Plan and representing our organisation with pride.

AFL Diversity Match

Thuringowa and Heatley Stars were lucky enough to take part in the AFL Diversity Match held in Townsville recently.

The Diversity Match was designed to engage under 16 girls from diverse backgrounds in AFL and to encourage those who’d never played before to give it a go.

Stars Foundation worked in partnership with AFL Queensland and AFL Townsville to prepare the young women for the game.

As part of their preparation, they played in an invitational team in the Schools Tournament in Townsville, where they won two out of three games.

The day before the Diversity match, our Stars had the fantastic opportunity to attend a training session run by the Gold Coast Suns Talent ID Manager and two Gold Coast Suns players.

On the day, our team participated in the Diversity Match with dedication and commitment, and although they didn’t win, they showed brilliant teamwork and learnt many new skills.

It was great to see the bonds of friendship that developed between the girls from two of our programs and observe their obvious pride in being part of Stars Foundation.

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