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August Trips and Travel Program News

Our term three performing arts intensives were jam-packed with excitement and enthusiasm! Participants were engaged in their sessions and began to collaborate with our Instructors in preparation for the end of year Travel Programs.

The Halls Creek girls perform songs in Kija & Jaru The Halls Creek girls perform songs in Kija & Jaru

 

We are thrilled to announce that this year, for the first time, we will be conducting three Travel Programs in Carnarvon, Halls Creek and Lockhart River in November, where participants will head to Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. At each destination there will be a week of educational and interactive activities which will aim to highlight potential opportunities for the future of our participants. They will also perform with the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) at world class performance venues, including Hamer Hall and the Perth Concert Hall, and be hosted by the members of the AGC during their stay. We’re proud of the mutual benefits this wonderful relationship brings to both our participants and their AGC hosts.

The Halls Creek Instructor team was accompanied by g-oz Chair Nicole Muir. Nicole was delighted to be back in community, after last visiting Halls Creek in 2010 and spoke with ABC Kimberley about the amazing developments she’s seeing from the participants. “Their confidence has grown so much and their desire to do the program is incredible,” she said. The week concluded with an outstanding public performance supported by our friends at 100 Women, in which 28 girls wowed the Halls Creek community singing six songs (some in local languages Kija and Jaru), performing two dances and compering the show.

In Carnarvon, we were very proud to see three senior students Paige, Kasey and Hana, volunteer their time to assist with the running of our performing arts workshops with primary students. The girls participated enthusiastically in their own sessions, and acted as wonderful role models for the younger students in their community.

Our Lockhart River program saw the year 3- 6 girls come together for a NAIDOC themed performance for the school and local community. By the end of their performance of “My Island Home,” almost all of the audience members had joined in the singalong! The girls also demonstrated their Aboriginal cultural dances for our Instructors and the town, for which they’d recently won second place at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

With such a huge term behind us and many exciting things in store for the remainder of the year, we can’t wait to see the progress our participants will continue to make!