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March trips

The first three weeks of March were a busy time for the g-oz team, with trips in consecutive weeks to deliver our first week-long intensives for 2016 in Carnarvon, Lockhart River and Halls Creek.

Our relationship with the girls in Carnarvon continues to grow as we enter our fourth year in the community. We have developed a new g-oz curriculum and our March Carnarvon trip was our first chance to test it out. The curriculum was well received by the children and we are busy finessing it for our May trip. The senior girls in particular (girls in years 9–11) have an excellent relationship with g-oz having been involved with the program since its inception in Carnarvon. 

Sally Gawley has been delivering g-oz programs in  Halls Creek since 2010, and the March trip was her 11th visit to the community. Many of the young women who make up our target group (young women aged 10–18) have known Sally for seven years. Sally is trusted by staff and girls alike in the community and she has particularly enjoyed seeing girls grow up and mature into confident, capable young women.

In July 2015 we delivered a pilot program in Lockhart River, the northernmost most town on the east coast of Australia. In 2016 we will run four week-long Performing Arts Intensives, as we do in Halls Creek and Carnarvon. As Lockhart River does not have a high school, the children must live away from home in order to complete secondary schooling. As such our program is more youth oriented and focused on early intervention. Our team worked with the women on Kuunchi Kakana each day, which is the mums and bubs program run by the Puuya Foundation. We also ran sessions for the youth program with women aged 18–25. There is a proud tradition of dance and performance in the community and the children of Lockhart River were extremely receptive to the g-oz program. We are looking forward to continuing to develop relationships with the children and community at large when we return in May.