Girls Day Out teaches lo­cal youth life skills

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WOMEN from through­out the Whit­sun­days con­verged on the Proser­pine Show­grounds to act as men­tors for the Proser­pine State High School’s Girls Day Out celebration.

The event tar­geted fe­male stu­dents in year 8 and 9, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to learn valu­able life skills from a myr­iad of men­tors in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties such as self-de­fence lessons, boot camp, make-up ap­pli­ca­tion, whip crack­ing and rope work, dance, pasta mak­ing, photography, jew­ellery mak­ing and much more.

Proser­pine State High School me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Ni­cole Jol­ley said the aim was to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of fe­male men­tors and role mod­els for girls who would help en­cour­age them to achieve their goals.

“It’s about de­vel­op­ing and re­in­forc­ing the themes of re­spect for your­self and oth­ers, work­ing to­gether and help­ing each other to achieve and be suc­cess­ful,” she said.

“It is also about re­in­forc­ing the im­por­tance of per­sonal ap­pear­ance and pre­sen­ta­tion for women to be val­ued and suc­cess­ful.”

Men­tors spoke about their back­ground and rel­e­vant life ex­pe­ri­ences that en­abled them to achieve their goals.

Ms Jol­ley said the men­tors fo­cused on their achieve­ments, fail­ures and/or life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and how they coped while also high­light­ing who their own per­sonal role mod­els were and the val­ues and morals they had gained from them.

Next year the school will be host­ing their Boys Day Out.

COOK­ING WIZZ: Cloe Ger­hardt, Kia La­dyn­ski, Ella Hut­t­ley-Haines, Cathy Sel­man (back), Jayde Bar­rett and Char­lotte Brodie had a blast par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pasta mak­ing workshop for the Girl’s Day Out held last Wed­nes­day.

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