Welcome to Shine
Shine is an engagement program for young women in secondary school who may may have barriers to realising their full potential at school. All too often these young people are coming to school while trying to navigate the overwhelming challenges of life, if they are coming to school at all.
Students may have been recognised by principals and teaching staff based on attendance, behaviour, education, health or welfare assessments to benefit from health-focussed learning. These students may have academic, social and/or emotional attributes that are getting in the way of learning what is taught in the classroom each day. The good news is that every situation has a solution and the right help can make all the difference.
Our purpose is to empower girls to become thriving women. We do this by addressing characteristics that become barriers to learning in a classroom. Working in small group formats, the girls can heal, move forward and head confidently into a brighter future. The content of our programs is aligned to the health area of the Western Australian Curriculum to help participants lead healthy, safe and active lives.
Our core values
At the start of the program, we seek to inspire the students about what life can be. Through discussion and sharing, program participants start to identify personal traits and get to know themselves and what is important to their own lives. Some may start to identify what individual barriers she faces and start to share.
Throughout the journey of self-exploration, learning about respectful relationships and social skills, participants begin to apply their new knowledge. Every application of learning is celebrated as an achievement towards their own personal goals.
We hold our communities that we deliver Shine in at heart. Our Facilitators seek opportunities for the students to volunteer their time as a group to build teamwork and apply their learning in a relevant way. We also invite guest speakers from the community to give us information so the students know how to access help from within their local area.
What we cover
In line with the health area of the Western Australian Curriculum, we offer 200 different activities to choose from. Depending on what the school priorities and what is appropriate content for the students involved, topics may include:
- protective behaviours
- wellbeing and resilience
- healthy and respectful relationships
- managing emotions
- cyber safety
- skills for life
- resolving conflict
- self awareness and identity
- healthy choices, nutrition, mental health and physical activity
- drug and alcohol awareness
- inspiring experiences
- personal goal setting
- connecting to community and culture
- learning strategies and support networks
- sexuality and body changes
We cover these topics in a variety of ways including group discussion, activities, visits to/from community health professionals and excursions.
Each school works with a dedicated Shine Facilitator who supports, educates and empowers the young girls with life skills and tools to achieve our goal of increased wellbeing, resilience and engagement.
Each Facilitator is required to have a qualification in Teaching, equivalent experience or a Diploma in Community Service. We screen our Facilitators to ensure they have a valid Working with Children Check, National Police Clearance and Department of Education’s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. Our staff is aware of and adheres to Department of Education policy.
Our Facilitators keep in touch with the families and the school to discuss program content and progress.