FIREFLIES: Eidsvold State School students Pearl Jenkins, Grace Roth, Ella Fort and Kirsten Drinkwater with their hand-made jewellery.
FIREFLIES: Eidsvold State School students Pearl Jenkins, Grace Roth, Ella Fort and Kirsten Drinkwater with their hand-made jewellery. Alex Treacy

Females fly high with Fireflies

TODAY is International Women's Day.

A fitting day, then, for the girls of Eidsvold State School to drop off their first batch of hand-made jewellery, which will be for sale, to the RM Williams Bush Learning Centre.

The girls have been crafting the jewellery as part of the school's Fireflies program, which aims to empower their young female charges.

Norah Murphy, who leads the program alongside Jeni Hansen, said it was important for girls to network with each other, even from a young age.

"How can I learn and who can I learn from?” she said.

"We are encouraging girls to become masters of a craft.

"The program is all about encouragement, education, inspiration, being inclusive and empowerment.”

While the younger girls are making jewellery, older students in the program are working on making reusable bags, the sort you would take grocery shopping with you.

Student Grace Roth said she enjoyed learning how to make jewellery.

"Once you know what to do, it's really easy,” she said.

Vice-principal Preston Parter said the school was focused on "building the capabilities of our young women” from Years 6-12.

"In 2019, our goal is that these young ladies will learn about working together with an explicit focus on the arts.”

On February 28, girls in these cohorts travelled to Brisbane to attend a performance of Alice in Wonderland by the Australian Ballet company, followed by a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art where they saw works by Albert and Vincent Namatjira and an exhibition of Japanese art called A Fleeting Bloom.

Eidsvold State School girls on their trip to Brisbane last month as part of the 'Fireflies' program.
Eidsvold State School girls on their trip to Brisbane last month as part of the 'Fireflies' program. Contributed

"There was a buzz of excitement leading up to the trip and the ladies had planned everything from their eating venues to their outfits,” Mr Parter said.

"Some of them had never stayed in the city before and were a bit nervous.

"It is our intention that through providing our students with opportunities such as this, we will begin to see a sharp increase in genuine relationships being built within the school and the community,” Mr Parter said.

For Ms Roth, being a part of the Fireflies program makes her feel a part of something bigger at her school.

"I talked to my aunty and she said her kids in the bigger cities don't get to do things like this,” she said.


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