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Girls from Oz – In this Together
- by Christine Semerdjian

20 years ago, thousands of people took to the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the Walk for Reconciliation. Although much progress has been made in reconciliation efforts since, there’s still much work to be done. The release of the 2020 Closing the Gap report highlighted that in the communities we work in, attendance at school is reported to be on the decline. In 2019 the majority of very remote Indigenous primary school students only attended an average of 3-4 days of…

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A term of records: Three instructors celebrating milestone trips
- by Georgia Allen

For our final piece of the Milestone Mini-series, we’re celebrating Ginger’s 5 trips with g-oz. As an Australian Girls Choir alumni and talented performer, Ginger brings an infectious passion for performing arts education to our program. What made you want to go on your first g-oz trip? As an AGC Alumni, I was very familiar with the g-oz program and was eager to be involved in trips after I graduated. I experienced first-hand the positive impact of the program when…

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A term of records: Three instructors celebrating milestone trips
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Welcome to the g-oz milestone series! Over the next couple of weeks, while our g-oz Instructors bunker down at home like the rest of Australia, we thought we’d share the stories of three team members recently returned home from Carnarvon and Halls Creek, where they celebrated milestone trips. We invited these instructors to share their g-oz experience, and why being a part of the g-oz program is a special part of their lives. After a week of program delivery in…

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More than singing and dancing: 3 reasons to champion performing arts education
- by g-oz

With just one week to go until the first community programs of 2020, we’re diving into the top 3 reasons why performing arts participation is so influential in achieving excellent educational outcomes. 1. Increasing confidence and self-esteem The performing arts is a proven tool to increase students’ self-esteem and overall confidence. As girls progress through the g-oz program, we have seen their confidence grow from one session to another. For some girls, even just one week of sessions can be…

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Human Rights Day: Youth as Constructive Agents of Change
- by g-oz

This year’s Human Rights Day explores the theme ‘Youth as Constructive Agents of Change.’ Celebrating the 30th Anniversary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we know the future change-makers our g-oz girls can be. Girls from Oz invests in girls because we know the flow-on effect it has in the broader community. Studies show that women reinvest 90% of their incomes back into their families, while men only reinvest 30-40%.  Moreover, when women’s wages increase, child nutrition,…

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Giving Tuesday: 5 ways to give
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Giving Tuesday is a campaign recognising the organisations like Girls from Oz that give back to the Australian community. Girls from Oz (g-oz) gives girls living in remote Australia access to the performing arts. 12 years ago Directors of the Australian School of Performing Arts began exploring the opportunity to give girls living in remote Australia access to the performing arts. g-oz is now working in three communities, using the power of the performing arts to keep girls in school,…

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How to support g-oz through Shopnate
- by g-oz

It’s Black Friday today and Giving Tuesday next week so we thought we’d share ideas about how you can give to g-oz while tucking into some Black Friday sales! Tuesday December 3 is Giving Tuesday, and is the perfect opportunity to give back to organisations like Girls from Oz. Our purpose is to use the performing arts as a hook of engagement, to keep girls in school and inspiring girls to feel no shame about having ambitious careers. There are…

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Two-way learning: Greta’s week of new experiences
- by g-oz

After two flights to Broome and Kununurra, followed by a four-hour driving stint, you really start to put into perspective just how vast Australia is. From a high-up lookout point, you can see how Halls Creek sits on the outskirts of the desert. I was flawed by the distance, how far away from home I felt, and by the red landscape. It’s taken me a week to try and put together a succinct thread of thoughts and feelings about Halls…

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International Day of the Girl Child: Unscripted and Unstoppable
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Happy International Day of the Girl Child! The International Day of the Girl Child is a day of recognising the gender inequality girls face all over the world. This year’s theme, ‘Girl force: Unscripted and Unstoppable’ celebrates the dreaming and achieving of girls . g-oz is proud of the role…

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AK’s Travel Program experiences
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AK has a long history with g-oz From kindergarten in Halls Creek, to performing at Hamer Hall. AK’s confidence has grown with the g-oz program. Taken in Halls Creek in 2010, the two little girls pictured in this photograph took part in the inaugural 3-way combined Travel Program to Melbourne at the end of 2018. These little girls have been learning, singing and having fun with g-oz for ten years. AK in Kindergarten, and performing her…