Girls Academy helping to lift the grade at Cecil Andrews College


Program manager Tara-Lee Morrison with the Cecil Andrews Girls Academy.
Program manager Tara-Lee Morrison with the Cecil Andrews Girls Academy.

FROM a pilot primary school launch to a new high school program, Girls Academy is putting young indigenous women front and centre in Armadale.

Cecil Andrews College officially opened its academy on October 20 after Challis Primary launched its academy.

Program manager Tara-Lee Morrison said the academy has been already been a great benefit to the girls academically, socially and emotionally.

“It warms my heart to see the attitude change in so many girls,” Ms Morrison said.

“To be able to build relationships with these girls has been the best reward, and to see how they have taken ownership of the Girls Academy and shown great leadership amongst each other.”

Girls Academy works to boost school attendance, improve academic performance, build confidence, enhance health and wellbeing, and strengthen cultural connection.

Year 12 student Shontae Quartermaine said the academy had had a positive impact on both her academic life and social life.

“The way they combine scholastic and social activities encourages girls to get more involved and come out of their shells,” she said.

“Being a part of the academy has helped us girls achieve better grades and build longer lasting friendships.”

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