Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0321 TDT Contents 2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 21 MARCH 2014
SINCE the day the school bell rang for 2014,
the Stronger Sisters at Tennant Creek High
School have been involved in a broad range
of school based and community projects.
Throughout the term thus far almost every female
in attendance has been involved in programs that are
inspirational, creative or sporting based.
New female students from across the Barkly and Year
7 have embraced these opportunities and the program
is growing from week to week.
Stronger Sister mentor Melanie Baldwin said there had
been endless highlights with the program.
“One of the more momentous moments was the de-
light of a small cohort of girls when they played AFL
on Traeger Park in Alice Springs,” Ms Baldwin said.
“The incentive trip was a reward for having a solid
school attendance and a dedicated approach to learn-
ing. As a result, the weekend away was packed with
activities and the chance to meet many of the Melbourne
The girls also spoke with Deborah Lee, the Demon’s
female AFL Development Manager who encouraged the
girls to stay at school and follow their dreams.
With Deborah’s support, the Stronger Sisters are hop-
ing to be matched and buddied up with high performing
Demons Women AFL players.
Throughout the year, the Sisters will link up via Skype
and keep connected and the buddies will encourage
the girls with their schooling, AFL skills and passion
To end the special weekend – the Sisters visited
Araluen Art Gallery.
“Everyone was highly inspired by the galleries and
original installations and by the artwork and paintings
of Namatjira and family,’ Ms Baldwin said.
“It was also wonderful to see the girls make connec-
tions with artworks that were created by their own
family and the girls were inspired to refine their own
Whilst these girls had the opportunity to meet AFL
stars, many other Sisters worked solidly after school
with Kween G and Barkly Arts in the Lady Beats
In less than two weeks, the girls learnt to write lyrics
and record their own voices.
The girls were then invited to showcase their talents
at the Civic Hall in conjunction with the promotion of
The Alyawarr Sessions – an incredible Barkly Regional
Council initiative which also promotes education,
health, wellbeing and culture.
International Women’s Day was also celebrated within
the Stronger Sisters Program.
Senior Sisters were invited to a mentoring event hosted
by the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge.
The Sisters were also given a wonderful opportunity to
conduct a fundraiser at the highly popular Djuki Mala
(Chooky Dancers) event recently held in Tennant Creek.
Twelve girls sold drinks and helped Kate Foran to run
a sausage sizzle.
In return for supporting this community event , the
girls had the opportunity to meet the famous dancers
and were truly inspired by their stories and skills.
The fundraising continues as there is now a substantial
number of young girls participating in Sports NT events.
To support the Year 7s playing in U12 Netball and
AFL, the Stronger Sisters conducted a carwash at
For several hours on a very warm morning, the girls
washed 4-wheel drives and even a Jeep!
“Despite the testing conditions – it was smiles all
around as the girls were so pleased to see their teachers
and community members contribute to their cause.”
There will be two final fundraising events for the term
including Brekkie at the TC Bowls Club on Saturday
morning 22 March and a disco at the High School on
Friday 29 March.
Ms Baldwin said the Stronger Sisters program has
gained strength because of the nonstop support it re-
ceives from across the town, the Barkly and beyond.
“We are sincerely grateful for the help,” she said.
“We would also like to express our thanks to Any-
inginyi’s Sports and Rec. for starting up some wonder-
ful sports after school - the Sisters have teams in both
the touch football and basketball competitions.”
Stronger Sisters gains strength from support
AT THE CARWASH: Letisha Allen and Alana Foster at the Mobil
carwash last Saturday morning.
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