Students from the Girls Academy at a local primary school have teamed up with Rise!

The group from Challis Primary School have connected with out Moorditj Social program in Armadale – the start of a great new partnership!

Girls Academy

Girls Academy is an innovative national program working towards better education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

It is focused on creating strong and educated young women. The aim is to increase school attendance, advance academic and personal achievement, improve graduation rates and facilitate post-school transitions.

The program is usually for young women in high school. The Challis program is the first for primary school children!

Program Manager Shantelle Cox said this was the second year in action.

Girls Academy is for girls in Years 4 to 6 and we have 20 girls involved this year. We have a designated Academy classroom that is open at recess and lunch.

Each day we have different activities such as team building, homework help, drum beat and we work on building self esteem.

We also have guest speakers, like students from Curtin University who come in and talk about different career and study paths with the girls.

As part of the program the Girls Academy have connected with Rise’s Moorditj Social Program. Our social program caters for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It’s a place to come together, go on outings and take part in arts and crafts!

On their first visit to Rise, the girls enjoyed lunch (and ice cream!) before looking at some of the great artwork by our members. The girls loved seeing all the different things we’ve created such as quilt covers, cushion pins and more. Being in the local area they had some connections with our members.

It was a great morning and we’re looking forward to the next visit!

Rise aged care services

Rise provides numerous aged care services, which includes social centres, personal care and home support. For more information click here.