Esperance Girls Academy held an Induction Team Building Day at Twilight Beach last Thursday the 5th of April. A total of 33 students attended and participated in surfing lessons, team sand castle building and a beach walk for health and well –being. A great time was had by all and the solidarity between the girls is stronger than ever. A big thanks to Mossy from Twilight Surf school as well as Julie, Colleen, Billie and Mia for coming and supporting our girls.
The Consul General toured the school and met with some students. Rachel gave a general talk on her career path - the main message being don't be afraid to give yourself permission to change your mind and change career path. She then answered open questions - ranging from Australia's relationships with North Korea to gun control. Year 11 history students are currently studying USA 1907 to 1945 and were keen to see if their are any parallels to the USA today.
After a long, hot and sweaty last two days, we have finally concluded our annual Southern Challenge Carnival. We selected a group of boys based on their academic efforts and participation in school to from our Basketball and Football teams representing Esperance Clontarf Academy. The boys played exceptionally well and we went undefeated throughout the whole Carnival and for the first time WE WON the Southern Challenge Cup.
We had academies come from Albany, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Northam, Katanning, Norseman, Mandurah and Gilmore.
We also held a football Community game with members of the community, Wongutha CAPS, Clontarf and Girls Academy competing in a friendly match. Was a great turn out and a tremendous effort of help from everyone there. Rotary cooked a huge feed for everyone with plenty of left overs!!
Was a great couple of days and look forward to the next one.
19 players, 3 water girls and 2 teachers did a great job at the football carnival. The team played in a round robin competition against EACS, John Paul College and Kalgoorlie Boulder. The girls won all of their games and then won the grand final against JPC 40 - 15. It has been many years since ESHS has beaten JPC!
The whole team came together and played very well. Taya Neill was a great centre half forward, Caitlin Zanker and Ruby Hodges were awesome rovers, Kalira Docherty was a great full forward and Casey Rowe, Lily Henning and Summer Newton performed strongly in the midfield.
The Girls Academy is an initiative of Role Models and Leaders Australia, a not-for-profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace. The Girls Academy develops and empowers Aboriginal girls through leadership training, mentoring, sport and extra-curricular programs. The Academy's goal is to create an environment within schools where the girls receive the support and programs needed to help them realise their full potential.
The Esperance Girls Academy was officially opened by Esperance Deputy Shire President Natalie Bowman and Ricky Grace. Also in attendance for the Academy launch were Gail Adamson Reynolds and Joanne McDonald, Independence Group (IGO) Company Secretary.
Esperance SHS is very excited about this new program and we look forward to sharing this journey with you.
The students cleverly transformed pallets into recycled planter boxes as their waste wise production idea, which certainly impressed the judges. They pallets were sourced from around town. The students then had to design their own 'pallet buster' to break apart the pallets. The students then made planter boxes with a plastic insert, which was sourced from a local icecream shop. The end product was given away at the local 'Festival of the Wind'.
The Language Literature team have won the State Final. They will now compete in the Australia-Pacific Finals in Adelaide!
The camp began on Sunday night with cultural activities that included indigenous dance, rock painting, indigenous singing, artefact designs and mural painting. On Monday the girls started the morning with "A Walk Together" with all Academies and Staff visiting Kings Park Lookout. The Walk Together was to raise awareness about the gaps in educational outcomes for Aboriginal Women. ABC Radio and Channel Nine interviewed some of our girls. The rest of the day was spent at the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp participating in adventure and team building activities. A delightful lunch was had at a nearby Chinese restaurant. That night the girls went to Morley bowl for dinner and bowling. Tuesday was a full day of basketball competition at Curtin University. Our girls were fierce competitors and made it into the semi finals. The girls also indulged in free massages and strapping provided by the University students! Wednesday was back to the university for a tour and cultural and employment activities with university representatives. The girls then watched the showcase grand final between Kalgoorlie and Clontarf. Presentations were held and the All Star team was named - Zaleema Bourne from ESHS made the All Star team. Ricky Grace, the Girls Academy CEO, and various corporate sponsors presented awards. Dr Robert Isaacs conducted the Welcome to Country and a gave a speech that included some Girls Academy history.
It was a tremendous camp and we look forward to the continued growth of our new Girls Academy.
Students surfed at Nanarup Beach and were treated to breaching whales and dolphins.
Congratulations to Joe and Lewis Fitzpatrick who won the Senior Boys Surfing Title and Lewis and Harper Andrews who won the Junior Surfing Title of the Great Southern region.
Thank you to teachers Craig Snow, Bruce Fitzpatrick and Danny Smyth for making this trip happen.
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