Leader skills for every girl

Lockridge Primary School students Cheyenne Kinsela, Hayley Lyndon-James, Kuku Panpone and Meryl Richmond. Pictures: Marcus Whisson d422397
Lockridge Primary School students Cheyenne Kinsela, Hayley Lyndon-James, Kuku Panpone and Meryl Richmond. Pictures: Marcus Whisson d422397

The eight-week program, which culminated in a community style fundraiser for the RSPCA, includes 90-minute workshops which help participants to achieve positive change, enable the development of strong self-esteem, grow in confidence and decrease bullying and stereotypes.

Every Girl program co-ordinator Cathy Stubbs said she was impressed by the group’s willingness to learn and participate in activities, which at times were confronting and new to them.

‘This program catered for 26 years 6 and 7 girls who participated in activities which helped them understand that they are part of a number of levels of community,’ she said.

‘This included their personal, local, national and global communities.

‘They learned they have the ability to make a difference at all levels. They worked well as a large group to bring the community event together, raising funds for a national organisation.’

Lockridge Primary School deputy principal Andrew Knight said the program had been a boost for the senior girls.

‘It has equipped them with a range of skills and attitudes that will be invaluable as they make the transition to high school, adolescence and adulthood,’ he said.

‘It has helped them to understand the problems they may encounter along the way, and how to cope with them and tackle them with a positive and resilient mindset.’

Mr Knight said he had also noted a huge change in their confidence and willingness to act in their community.

The group raised $180 as part of the RSPCA’s Cupcake Day, which officially runs throughout the month of August.

For more information on the program, phone Cathy Stubbs on 9440 3501.