Cecil Andrews College Girls Academy students learn from Naidoc Week leadership summit

Alarra Brown & Madeleine Smith
Alarra Brown & Madeleine Smith

MEMBERS of Cecil Andrews College’s Girls Academy travelled to the other side of the country recently to participate in a special Naidoc Week leadership summit in Canberra.

The Girls Academy national summit united Year 12 students from around the country in the four-day event, which included a number of inspirational Indigenous women guest speakers such as model Samantha Harris, 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Kristal Kinsela and National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition founder Hayley McQuire.

The Girls Academy founder and chief executive Ricky Grace said the aim of the summit was to provide the students with the skills, knowledge and inspiration to grow as community leaders.

Cecil Andrews College student Alarra Brown said it had been an experience to remember.

“We have some great memories and stories that we will never forget,” she said.

“It was an amazing trip and we suggest that other Indigenous girls who reach year 12 go on this incredible trip in the future – it is a great opportunity.”

Fellow student Madeleine Smith agreed.

“It was inspirational listening to and learning other young Indigenous women’s stories and also meeting a wonderful bunch of other year 12 girls,” she said.

The Girls Academy is a school program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that aims to improve attendance, academic performance, confidence, health and wellbeing and cultural connections.

Visit www.girlsacademy.com.au for more information.