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Ngaarr Dhuwi Girls Academy

Ngaarr Dhuwi Girls Academy

Our newly established Ngaarr Dhuwi Girls Academy, through partnership with the AECG, will support our girls to realise their full potential and follow their dreams.

The Girls Academy Program aims to provide a mentoring program to support female Aboriginal students in Years 7-12 to make active choices toward realising their full potential in all aspects of their education, development, cultural identity, and wellbeing.

The Girls Academy approach is similar to the Clontarf Program we provide for our male Aboriginal students at Newcastle High.

Ngaarr Dhuwi Girls Academy Program is a holistic support program reflective of community voices driven locally in collaboration with our schools’ vision and directions. The key outcomes are to:

  • increase school attendance
  • increase HSC attainment
  • provide post school transition pathways
  • improve retention rates
  • promote self-determination
  • promote positive change
  • improve health and wellbeing

Our two Girls Academy mentors have been recently recruited and we are now planning to promote the program, enrol the students, prepare the room and commence in Term 3.

If you have any enquiries about the Ngaarr Dhuwi Girls Academy Program please contact Joel Anderson, Deputy Principal, on 4969 3177.

Key Ngaarr Dhuwi Contacts:

My name is Bianca Ireland and I am a proud Wiradjuri Yinaa from Wellington NSW and have recently moved to Newcastle from Dubbo with my family so my daughter could start her high school journey. I am grateful for the mentoring role I have started, as I am passionate about Aboriginal education; helping our mob, making a difference and seeing positive change as our young female students continue to face challenges in their educational journey.

I am looking forward to watching Ngaarr Dhuwi flourish by making strong relationships with our girls supporting them with attendance, Culture, wellbeing and everything else in between and am excited to be a part of the team at NHS.

My name is Majayda Darcy, I am a proud Wiradjuri woman from Dubbo and have strong connections to the Proud elders of that beautiful land. I have recently moved to the Newcastle area to further my sporting career, as well as continue my studies at University. I am beyond proud to be in the starting stages to build the Ngaarr Dhuwi program into what our young women need in our schools and look forward to the connections I am sure to make over the course of our program.