Our Story

The g-oz story is one of opportunity, education and engagement. It weaves together the stories of girls and women from across Australia to create a tapestry of connections that will last lifetimes.

Shared dreams of shared knowledge

In 2006, directors of the Australian School of Performing Arts invited some of their key senior team members to join them to discuss their shared dream of delivering high-quality performing arts education to girls who lacked access to these opportunities because of their location or socioeconomic status. Driven by a desire to find ways to improve educational and employment outcomes for girls in remote and regional Australia, they envisioned a not-for-profit organisation that would provide innovative, education-based opportunities through dynamic, interactive performing arts programs. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience through the Australian Girls Choir and the Australian School of Performing Arts, g-oz was founded on the basis of a tried and tested arts engagement model, and the knowledge that effective participation in the performing arts has a multitude of benefits for those who take part.

g-oz takes shape

There was no lack of enthusiasm in those early days, but the shape of our programs was still forming. Our first week-long program was in Chiang Mai in Thailand during which Kylie, our current General Manager, worked with local school children to develop their English language skills using the performing arts. In the same year we undertook a tour of regional Queensland with senior members of the Australian Girls Choir, reaching hundreds of children in performances and workshops, and culminating in a performance for then Governor of Queensland – the Honourable Quentin Bryce.

Building regional relationships

After delivering a number of successful programs between 2007 and 2009 in Australia and overseas, in the years following, our focus has centred on Australia’s remote west and north. g-oz first visited Halls Creek and Carnarvon in Western Australia in 2010 and 2013 respectively, and we are proud to continue our relationship with these communities to this day – partnering with Halls Creek District High School and Carnarvon Community College. In 2016 we expanded our programs to include the Far North Queensland community of Lockhart River, and have been fortunate to work with the Puuya Foundation and Lockhart State School in the region. In 2021 we piloted the program in Kowanyama and undertook our first Community Program visits to Kowanyama State School in 2022. August 2022 saw us run our first Community Program in Bidyadanga in conjunction with La Grange Remote Area School. Consistent and reliable contact between g-oz program coordinators and g-oz participants is central to our success, and is a point of difference to many other similar programs.

Delivering programs designed to inspire

With a focus on the girls, g-oz programs include week-long visits to each school four times per year. Experienced g-oz instructors deliver high quality performing arts programs to both primary and high school aged students. Girls who have shown strong engagement in these programs and demonstrated regular school attendance may then be invited to participate in a Travel Program to a capital city of Australia, where they have many aspirational educational, social and performance opportunities. For more information about our community and Travel Programs, please see the Programs page.

Why g-oz?

g-oz uses the performing arts as a hook of engagement, inspiring and motivating girls and young women to regularly attend school and to meaningfully and actively participate in their community. Our vision is to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness between participants and their community; giving students the self-assurance to speak and perform in front of their peers and families and to feel proud of their achievements as empowered, resilient and confident young women. To find out more about why we believe so passionately in what we do, visit g-oz Because.

Did g-oz reach its $100,000 fundraising target?

Yes! πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰βœ¨

g-oz ambitiously aimed to raise $100,000 for a second year in a row.

That goal has now been achieved thanks to the generous support of both first-time and long-time g-oz donors as well as the 47 g-oz Giving Circle Coordinators who volunteered their time to coordinate their own fundraising initiatives - thank you, everyone!

Every dollar raised goes directly to the 21st Travel Program.

This program will see 30 g-oz participants from the remote Australian communities of Halls Creek, Lockhart River, Kowanyama and Bidyadanga fly to Sydney to partake in a week-long educational and cross-cultural program to Sydney. The week will conclude on stage at the @sydneyoperahouse where participants will sing with the @ausgirlschoir to an audience of over 2500!

To learn more about our Travel Program, head to the link in bio.

Didn't get a chance to donate, but would still like to? You can donate at any time throughout the year to support the ongoing g-oz Community Programs. Head to our GiveNow page, link in bio.

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Today marks the start of NAIDOC Week 2024! ✨

This year's theme, 'Keep The Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud', invites all Australians to celebrate the voice, histories, cultures, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 β€œThe fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.” - @naidocweek

To see what NAIDOC events are happening this week in your state, head to www.naidoc.org.au

Logo credit: @naidocweek 

#NAIDOC2024 #NAIDOCWeek #BlakLoudProud #girlsfromoz
A lovely short but sweet read for your Saturday morning πŸ“–β˜•

Check out this @thecairnspost write-up by Catherine Duffy about the most recent g-oz Reverse Travel Program in Lockhart River - link in bio!

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The '100,000 reasons why' Giving Circle Campaign has officially ended and all donations are now very close to being counted! 

Thank you once again to all of the generous donors who contributed to this year's campaign and to those who choose to donate to the g-oz cause on a regular basis. 

Your support has us beaming just as big and bright as these beautiful Kowie smiles! 😊 

Did g-oz reach its $100,000 goal? 

Watch this space for the grand total reveal next week! πŸ‘€

If you'd like to become a regular supporter of g-oz, you can sign up as a monthly donor by heading to the link in bio.

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