Broome Girls Academy
The Girls Academy is the leading provider of in-school programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Australia. Our program has four key objectives:
- Increase school attendance;
- Advance academic and personal achievement;
- Improve Year 12 graduation rates;
- And facilitate post-school transition planning.
About the Academy
- The Academy program provides a unique curriculum which complements the formal education delivered by the school. Programs have been developed specifically to ensure the girls achieve the necessary skills for further education, training and employment, and at the same time have the opportunity to improve their sporting and life skills.
- The Academy is focused on providing female students with the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes for their future. The flow-on effect can be measured by increased retention and employment rates for young women in surrounding communities.
- The Broome Girls Academy was established by Role Models and Leaders Australia with support from the Department of Education, Employment and Work Relations (DEEWR) Sporting Chance Program, Kimberley Development Commission, Channel 7 Telethon, Foodbank, Broome Senior High School and the community.
The Academy supports improving literacy and numeracy through:
- Direct involvement and support for the Follow the Dream Program;
- Attendance at Learning Area/Department meetings;
- Provision of information to school staff about the academic needs of Broome Girls Academy students;
- Encouraging and supporting girls to attend voluntary and compulsory homework classes;
- Providing in-class support for students who have significantly low literacy and numeracy levels;
- After-school National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) preparation sessions;
- Weekly Year 12 study period in the Academy room;
- Girls Academy staff supervise students during OLNA and NAPLAN testing;
- Assisting, on teacher request, to read tests and scribe for students with low literacy or auditory processing dysfunction.
In the Broome Girls Academy, staff are highly motivated, caring and determined women whose focus is to care and mentor the students of Broome Senior High School to instil academic motivation, support sporting endeavours and channel the skills and abilities of students to focus on work readiness. Girls Academy staff also work with the school through student/parent meetings and re-entry meetings for students returning from suspension to help them set goals to address attendance or behaviours.
For further information about the Broome Girls Academy
please see the Broome Girls Academy Program Manager, Bella Fleming.