Aboriginal Youth In Whyalla Hitting The Netball Courts To Shoot For The Stars

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Up to 150 young Aboriginal women in Whyalla will soon be hitting the netball courts as part of a new $1.3 million pilot program hoping to drive greater engagement and attendance at school.

The Shooting Stars program is targeted at Aboriginal girls from year 3 to 10 with activities such as sport, personal goal setting and health and wellbeing sessions to achieve greater connection to school and strong educational outcomes.

The program will start in Whyalla Stuart R-7 School, Nicholson Avenue Primary School, and Hinks Avenue Primary School; before progressing to Whyalla Secondary College in 2023 and the remaining primary schools in 2024.

The program could also act as a pathway into existing engagement and training programs for Aboriginal senior school students, such as the South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy and the Workabout Centre.

The model for Shooting Stars is closely aligned to the national agreement on Closing the Gap and the Department for Education’s Aboriginal Education Strategy.

Photo: By Spencer Gulf Broadcasters