Eleven years ago, ASPA Directors and senior staff were driven by a desire to find ways of improving 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; and thus Girls from Oz was born. In 2010, g-oz embarked on its inaugural Travel Program, bringing 12 girls from Halls Creek to Melbourne for a week of educational, vocational and performing arts activities.
Flash forward to 2018 and g-oz is engaging more than 400 students across three remote locations; Halls Creek and Carnarvon in Western Australia, and Lockhart River in Queensland. Each school term, specialist g-oz Instructors – many of whom are also AGC staff and alumni – deliver week-long intensives in each program location and select girls demonstrating strong commitment to their schooling and the g-oz program to take part in the annual Travel Program. Selected participants travel to capital cities to share in cultural exchange with AGC choristers and to undertake activities that expand their horizons by highlighting pathways to further education and employment. Since 2010, 110 g-oz participants have taken part in 14 trips, and we’re pleased to report that 81% of these young women are now employed or are still studying at local high schools, on interstate scholarships, and even at university and TAFE.
This year marks the first time ever that g-oz participants from all three program locations will come together; we’re looking forward to having four girls from Lockhart River girls, 10 from Carnarvon and 10 from Halls Creek in Melbourne during the week of November 12. Our ability to extend this opportunity to so many girls is due in large part to the ongoing generosity of AGC families who have opened their homes to g-oz participants and have made countless donations to g-oz.
The development and success of g-oz is strengthened by its charity partnership with ASPA, and we are extremely thankful to the ever increasing number of AGC families choosing to provide support. To find out more about the work of g-oz, please visit the g-oz website. Tax deductible donations can be made on your daughter’s re-enrolment payment form or via GiveNow.