“The staff provide amazing in-class support and their support in communication with home and getting girls to school every day has been a real asset.”
Classroom Teacher, Yirrkala
Research in education and public health shows how crucial the school experiences of early adolescence are in promoting engagement with learning and enhancing wellbeing. Genuine engagement is critical in producing positive outcomes across a range of immediate and long-term health, academic and life indicators.
The Stars program design is underpinned by this research, along with extensive experience in the field. It seeks to identify the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and the types of school environment, relationships, and learning experiences that best promote engagement and positive outcomes.
Stars offers a range of extracurricular activities, including sport and physical activities, art, music and dance. Community, cultural and volunteering activities are also provided to support the girls to build their confidence and give them opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth. The key to the success of the program are our full-time, on-site mentors, who provide our girls with the intensive, daily support they need to identify and achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
The program focuses on four key areas of personal development through the Stars Plan:
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Education, Training and Employment
- Community, Culture and Leadership
Each Stars student works closely with her mentor to develop a holistic plan to help her move toward making active choices about her own future. Stars employs a strengths-based approach with the girls, which is designed to build on their individual abilities, interests and strengths.
“Stars have continued to work on changing the thinking of the girls to know that they can be successful and that they are highly valued individuals.”
Principal, Tennant Creek High School