Deadly Sista Girlz Class of 2022
From Jambinu to Rubibi, and across Whadjuk Noongar Boodja, we had Deadly Sista Girlz joining us recently from across Western Australia for the Class of 2022 Graduation Lunch in Boolaroo.
We are so proud to have over 60 Year 12 graduates this year who will no doubt go on to achieve incredible things in the future. This occasion was significant in recognising their achievements in closing the education gap for their families and communities.
Awards were presented recognising academic achievement, attendance and spirit including the Caring for Community and Country Award. This award was presented by our event partner Water Corporation to Tanarmi from Clontarf Aboriginal College for being a positive role model in her community. Tanarmi is in the process of becoming a Ranger in Kalumburu and says she has chosen that profession because she loves giving back to her country by learning from her elders.
General Manager of Education, Carly Davis said that the Graduation Ceremony was about celebrating the hard work and dedication the students have put into their education.
“We know they will leave us as strong, empowered women who will be our change makers and leaders of the future.”
“We are so proud to have walked along side the students throughout their journey and can’t wait to follow them as they move into the next stage of their lives,” said Ms Davis.
Water Corporation Program Director – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Strategy, Carolyn Davis said Water Corporation is proud to support Deadly Sista Girlz and future leaders like Tanarmi.
“On behalf of Water Corporation, it gave me great pleasure to present our Caring for Country and Community Award to Tanarmi.
“This inspiring young woman embodies our organisation’s values with her willingness to lead the way, empower change and be a positive role model in her community.”
Delivered by strong First Nations role models, Deadly Sista Girlz is a culturally appropriate program that aims to improve education and school attendance amongst First Nations young women. In 2022 the program is proudly supporting over 1000 students throughout 17 schools.
As part of DSG, participants are equipped with the tools they need to flourish post-high school. Whether they intend to enter the workforce or go on to further study, mentors have guided and supported each of the participants to create individual goals and access opportunities to achieve them.
DSG participant from St Mary’s College in Broome, Tayla Puertollano said that the program is important because it brings First Nations students together.
“I am going to miss being in the company of other girls as a part of Indigenous culture because I think it’s important for us to stand together.”
Congratulations to the Deadly Sista Girlz Class of 2022. Thank you to Water Corporation for partnering to deliver this important event.