The program acts as an engaging set of activities and learning opportunities to value add to the education of the young women in our care.
In 2011 a GYW room was built. This is a centre for the girls to go during any break time during the day to relax, play recreational activities and simply be together.
After school, our Girls Academy Coordinator is responsible for structured sporting sessions, primarily in AFL football, two times a week. The girls are able to participate in sporting carnivals, with much success already achieved, especially in the area of AFL in a short time span. Since 2012 we have had NT AFL representatives from the Academy each year. Since 2013 we have had Australian AFL representatives each year.
The young Tiwi women have access to work experience weeks in Darwin, Personal Development camps and also excursions that reward high attendance patterns and excellent behaviour. These are our semester based Incentive Trips.
Through a well structured incentive based points system, called our “Traffic Lights Program” the girls are able to work towards a series of rewards. This again is based upon attendance at training sessions, overall attendance, along with positive attitudes and behaviours displayed in class, the Family Group Home and during homework.
The Girls Academy program is an initiative we are very proud of.