Support program reaps results for Balga SHS Aboriginal female students


Ricky Grace Girls Academy chief executive and founder, Balga Girls Academy program manager Danika Eades, Their Excellencies the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, Balga SHS principal Geoff Harris and Girls Academy students.
Ricky Grace Girls Academy chief executive and founder, Balga Girls Academy program manager Danika Eades, Their Excellencies the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, Balga SHS principal Geoff Harris and Girls Academy students.

BALGA Senior High School Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female students have improved attendance and lifted spirits through joining a new educational support program.

The Girls Academy is the flagship program for Role Models and Leaders Australia, a not-for-profit organisation founded by Olympic basketballer Ricky Grace to invest in educational support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls.

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove officially launched the academy on May 17.

In WA, the Girls Academy enrolment increased from 525 to 856 girls in the last year.

Balga SHS principal Geoff Harris said it was a privilege to have Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove attend the event.

“The Girls Academy launch went really well; the feedback from the guests was fantastic on all aspects,” he said.

“The main goals are to actually grow the opportunities for Aboriginal girls in their skills for life in building resilience and participation in their schooling, with a focus on their own future pathways.

“The demeanour and happiness of the kids have evolved through the program, which is quite evident.”

Mr Harris said several Girls Academy students were selected to attend a Sorry Day event headed by Archie Roach.

He said the students will also be attending MercyCare mental health workshops in the next few weeks.

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