Bounce-off at Girls’ Academy Showcase
On Monday August 22, the University welcomed 140 female Aboriginal high school students, from 12 regional academies, to the 8th annual Role Models and Leaders Australia Girls’ Academy Showcase.
The girls were on campus to attend a three-day leadership camp and basketball tournament and, for many of the participants, it was their first trip to Perth, and their first opportunity to explore a university campus.
The girls enjoyed activities related to Aboriginal culture, confidence building and pathways to higher education, turning what can often be a daunting prospect for high school students – their first visit to a university – into a fun, culturally relevant and personally inspiring experience.
The Faculty of Health Sciences held an Expo at the event, and the girls were welcomed by Cheryl Davis, Director Indigenous Engagement. The girls took a tour of the Nursing Skills Laboratory, and had the opportunity to participate in activities related to occupational therapy, social work, health promotion, nutrition, nursing and midwifery.
For the basketball tournament, students from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science were on hand to provide warm ups, stretching activities, massage and strapping. All equipment, including strapping tape and use of massage tables, was generously donated to the event by the school.
The Girls’ Academies have been established by Role Models & Leaders Australia (RMLA) to provide mentoring and support to Aboriginal girls aged 12 to 18. The academies use sport and extra-curricular activities to keep the girls engaged in their education and future. The Girls’ Academy Showcase originated at Clontarf Aboriginal College, and academies have been established in high schools across the country including Broome, Fitzroy, Alice Springs, Kununurra and Coonamble. The showcase was hosted by Curtin AHEAD in collaboration with Curtin Stadium, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies and the Faculty of Health Sciences.