Our Post-School Options team recently caught up with Caitlin Thomas in #Kalgoorlie .
Last year Caitlin graduated from Eastern Goldfields College where she was a participant in the Girls Academy program. She is now working as a dental technician at Kalgoorlie Dental Surgery.
Caitlin is learning her role on the job and working hard, but she is enjoying the challenge, the independence and the opportunities this career path provides.
Caitlin still has close ties with staff and students at the Girls Academy.
Planning for life after school is an important element of the #GirlsAcademy program. Our dedicated Post-School Options staff work with the girls at school in exploring their options through academic and professional events, developing an individual career plan, and working with the students for up to two years after graduation to support their endeavours.
Students and staff from #Palmerston and #Taminmin Girls Academies recently attended an awesome event at the Northern Territory Library.
The Library opened a new exhibition - A Territory Story - which showcases the stories of Territory women who were leaders and trail-blazers.
Former Chief Minister Clare Martin spoke to the students at the launch event, as did retired Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AC, AFC.
Girls Academy staff members Jemma Iacono, Lateesha Jeffrey and Rhianon McEwan attended with the students, who they are helping to become the leaders and trail-blazers of their own generation. The girls found the event illuminating and inspiring.
Students from our Geraldton #Followthedream program recently attended an ‘Empowering young girls in our community’ breakfast hosted by the Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation.
The two guest speakers gave talks that inspired the girls to think about their future both as an individual and as strong Aboriginal woman in the community.
Geraldton Magistrate, Ms Donna Webb, highlighted the importance of committing to your education and challenging yourself, while Miss NAIDOC 2018, Sophie Coffin, emphasised that a commitment to your education will increase opportunities on leaving school.
On Tuesday 9th October His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales (@governornsw) and Mrs Linda Hurley hosted a reception at Government House for the Girls Academy.
His Excellency addressed guests and spoke about the fantastic outcomes evident in NSW as a result of the Girls Academy program.
In 2016 we had one Academy in NSW and now we have thirteen - and our program is making a big difference to the lives of NSW girls and their communities. In the past year Girls Academy students in NSW have attended class at a rate of up to 13.5% higher than the average for Indigenous students in this state.
CEO and Founder of the Girls Academy, Ricky Grace, highlighted the important role of community in the success of the Girls Academy program.
"Only with a strong community involvement can our program succeed, and we can start to close the unacceptable education and unemployment gap for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls” he said.
Guests also had the pleasure of hearing from Canobolas Girls Academy student, Sharone Moore who spoke about how the program has helped her and defined what the Girls Academy means to her.
We thank all of our guests for joining us for this fantastic event. Without your support the Girls Academy program wouldn’t be what it is today. * Photography courtesy of Martyn Taylor
Today - October 11th - is the International Day of the Girl.
The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
The Girls Academy works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in 42 schools across Australia encouraging empowerment, independence and resilience. Our comprehensive program encourages personal and academic achievement, health and wellbeing, cultural connection, and planning for the future.
The theme of this year's International Day of the Girl is 'With Her: A Skilled GirlForce'. Today's generation of girls are preparing to enter a world of work that is being transformed by technology. There is high demand for educated and skilled workers, but about a quarter of young people around the world – most of them female – are neither employed or in education or training.
While the United Nations and other organisations around the world work to help more girls get the education, training and career opportunities they need, here in Australia the Girls Academy is dedicated to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls to help them realise their potential and gain access to the career path of their choice.
In addition to the Program Managers and Development Officers working with the girls in our Academies, we have dedicated Post-School Options Officers who organise career expos and forums, job-hunting workshops, university tours and speakers, TAFE events, and a range of professional and further education activities to help the girls explore their goals and learn how to get there.
A survey of our 2017 Year 12 graduates found that 84% are now at university, TAFE or employed.
Today is World Mental Health Day. At home, at work, with family and friends, or in the wider community, we can all do something to help reduce the shame around mental illness and make way for more people to seek the help and support. If you need someone to have a yarn with, head to your local Aboriginal Medical Service.
Students and staff from #Urangan Girls Academy went to Sippy Downs University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) campus along with members of our Advisory Committee, Aunty Gina and Aunty Lenore.
It was an amazing and action-packed visit!
The girls had a tour of the Indigenous Support Centre and a morning tea. Urangan GA Program Manager Paula Chalmers gave a radio interview with Triple M.
The students visited the “CAVE” - a virtual reality learning space - and an interactive learning area where students got to try all the different VR scenarios on offer.
The girls had lunch at the High-Performance Sports Centre and listened to a nutritionist speaking on the importance of healthy eating and having a healthy body, this was followed by a grand final Oz Tag game. (USC ran the Oz Tag program with Urangan Girls Academy. For eight weeks members of the High Performance centre came up and trained the students with the Queensland Oz Tag trainer.)
The Vice Chancellor of USC Professor Greg Hill and Chancellor Sir Angus Houston met with the students and showed them the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in their offices. Professor Hill had heard about the Girls Academy program and the visit and asked to meet the students! The girls presented the Vice Chancellor with a message stick and Tania (the organiser of the day) with a painting.
The girls met with Olympic and Paralympic swimmers and took some great photos.
They were then treated to a presentation of a signed netball from the Sunshine Coast Lightning team and shown the Indigenous Round uniform design. The students and staff had plenty of opportunity to talk to everyone and ask lots of questions.
It was an inspirational and educational tour for the girls. #HerveyBay#Queensland#SunshineCoast#OzTag#Indigenous#Aboriginal#TorresStraitIslander#GirlsEducation#IndigenousEducation#AboriginalEducation#GirlsAcademy
ABORIGINAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSION ❤️🖤💛
Today was my first day back at work post ATP leave. I work as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at a high school and I work with 17 Aboriginal children. This is the second PD I have helped organise and ran. I am so passionate about educating others on Aboriginal culture. We were very fortunate to have my Aunty Marie Taylor come in and Welcome us to Country and perform a smoking ceremony to cleanse us. Staff engaged in break out sessions on Aboriginal Spirituality, family dynamics and the shame theory. It was so good working with my brother @aboriginalculturewithmrc today as well.
Hope you all enjoyed your first day backs! I was missing my ATP class today and thinking of them 💭 💞
The Girls Academy recently attended the annual Barry Denduck Memorial Day, a community family event which honours a beloved member of the local Hervey Bay & Maryborough communities in Queensland, whose passion was family and football, held at Seagulls Football Oval.
The Girls Academy was invited to play during the program and made up two teams from Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg which played each other in an Oz-Tag game drawing at 4-4.
The students also helped on the day as volunteers, working on the gate and running activities in our tent for younger children while sharing with the community what the Girls Academy is all about.
Blade Woodman (Urangan Girls Academy) received Player or the Match for Hervey Bay and all the students displayed great sportsmanship and had a great day.
Urangan State High School Hervey Bay, Queensland Maryborough, Queensland Hervey Bay State High School Maryborough State High School Maryborough, Queensland #Maryborough#HerveyBay#Queensland#Education#GirlsAcademy#GirlsEducation#Indigenous#IndigenousEducation#TorresStraitIslander Queensland #AboriginalEducation#Rugby#RugbyLeague
Last weekend I got to attend a drumming social at Purple Woods 💜🌲 My collegues and I met amazing people and honoured everyone affected by residential schools 🧡🧡 We also had the opportunity to talk with a teacher from @durhamschools & grab some awesome resources about Aboriginal education from her to hopefully use one day in my own classroom or during my placements!! 📚✏️🖥
Attention all musswellbrook, today we are aiming to wrap up the weaving project. If you have some free time 9-5 today come on down to the Youthies at the Show group, we will be there with a pot of curry on, hot kettle and a bunch of laugher. Check out Uncle Larries Cockatoo, he has made 3 for the musswellbrook HS project- champion! #speakingincolour#resurgance#weaving#womeninbusiness#aboriginal#aboriginaleducation
October is Women’s Health Month. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women and finding it early gives you the best chance of surviving it. This month get a health check at a participating Aboriginal Medical Service and score a pink Women's Health shirt.
Got to chew the fat a bit with the PM @scottmorrisonmp this morning about the importance of education and the support Clontarf Foundation offers post high school. Was a pretty mellow brekky and @lightaboriginal tagged along, scamming a training session down on the oval I helped build as a highschool student at Clontarf Academy. Pretty surreal. Will be with the Governor General tomorrow ✌ #fromlittlethingsbigthingsgrow#clontarffoundation#generationalchange#aboriginaleducation