g-oz in Halls Creek

History
Girls from Oz (g-oz) has been working in the community of Halls Creek since 2009. The target group for this program is Indigenous girls aged 10 – 18 years however we also know the benefits of making performing arts activities available to all school aged children and so work with all students possible and their teachers.

According to BankWest’s inaugural Quality of Life Index (2008), Halls Creek has the lowest quality of life ranking in Australia (ranking of 590). The population is particularly young (50% of its population is under 25 years of age), and 84% of the residents identify themselves as Indigenous. The community of Halls Creek faces a number of challenges as children and youth are particularly vulnerable to welfare-based, dysfunctional lifestyles. Engaging youth people in their education and providing them with appropriate opportunities and avenues to do this is a large focus of the town. 

A number of sport programs exist in the Kimberley to help boys and young men but very few exist to assist non-sports orientated kids, and even more specifically, girls and young women. In 2009, the community of Halls Creek approached g-oz to jointly develop a program that would use the performing arts as a way to engage girls and young women in their education, and create pathways to education, training and employment.

g-oz visits Halls Creek four times a year where we work with Halls Creek District High School to deliver performing arts sessions to approximately:

  • 125 junior and middle primary girls and boys aged 6-10 years
  • 20 upper primary girls only aged 10-12 years
  • 30 High School aged girls only
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