Lead­ers of the fu­ture

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

Shoot­ing Stars’ Nar­ro­gin site has not only seen its par­tic­i­pants in­crease their at­ten­dance rate at school, but has sparked lead­er­ship qual­i­ties within its co­hort.

Dakoda Bolton-Black was re­cently elected by her peers to next year’s stu­dent coun­cil when she’ll be in Year 8.

The young gun said be­ing in­volved with Shoot­ing Stars had played a cru­cial role in help­ing her ap­ply for the po­si­tion.

“You wouldn’t think there was some­where that can help with your school­ing so much as Shoot­ing Stars, but it is amaz­ing with your con­fi­dence, hav­ing peo­ple there to en­cour­age you ev­ery step of the way is awe­some,” she said.

“I’ve been do­ing ses­sions with deputy prin­ci­pal Ms Stankovic, it’s called Stu­dent Voice and we bring a friend along and they work with us to see how we can bet­ter the school.”

Shoot­ing Stars is an ini­tia­tive of Net­ball WA and Glass Jar Aus­tralia, us­ing net­ball as the ve­hi­cle to en­cour­age greater en­gage­ment and at­ten­dance at school of young Abo­rig­i­nal girls liv­ing in WA’s re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and re­gional towns.

Nar­ro­gin Se­nior High School Prin­ci­pal Melissa Walker praised the ef­fort of Dakoda, as well as the pos­i­tive im­pact from Shoot­ing Stars.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents to see a young per­son be­ing a leader in that sort of a role and be­ing an in­flu­ence with the decisions that are be­ing made across the school,” Ms Walker said.

Dakoda’s goal after school is to at­tend univer­sity where she hopes to find a ca­reer that helps her give back to the com­mu­nity.

Nar­ro­gin was the first Shoot­ing Stars site to be opened south of Perth, with 24 par­tic­i­pants em­brac­ing the pro­gram to date.

Dakoda Bolton-Black

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