Girls Academy launches at St Brigids College in Lesmurdie

Paige Corunna (16) of Two Rocks, left, Gemima Rahman (16) of South Hedland and Hayley Lewis (14) of Lesmurdie. St Brigids College in Lesmurdie is now home to another Girls Academy, providing in-school programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. Picture: David Baylis d483832
Paige Corunna (16) of Two Rocks, left, Gemima Rahman (16) of South Hedland and Hayley Lewis (14) of Lesmurdie. St Brigids College in Lesmurdie is now home to another Girls Academy, providing in-school programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. Picture: David Baylis d483832

A NEW initiative launched this year is supporting and empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls at St Brigid’s College in Lesmurdie.

The Girls Academy works with more than 40 schools across Australia, with full-time staff on-site delivering a program to encourage attendance, improve academic performance, build confidence, enhance health and wellbeing, and strengthen cultural connection.

St Brigid’s Girls Academy program manager Carly Aitchison said the Academy offered a unique program aimed at assisting young Aboriginal girls to reach their full potential.

“The program helps them strive to make a positive impact in their communities as role models and leaders of the future,” she said.

Student Gemima Rahman said she was looking forward to being actively involved in the Girls Academy, and what it had to offer young Aboriginal women.

“There are 43 students who have joined the Academy and although we are from all over Western Australia, we are working together to achieve a positive change in ourselves and to make a difference in our home towns and communities,” she said.

The St Brigid’s Girls Academy will be formally launched on Friday, June 22.