Last September the Stars programme at ASDAH marked its 10th birthday and rugby league legend, Ruben Wiki, was on hand to help celebrate the impressive milestone!
Ten years ago, ASDAH was looking for a programme that would help their students adjust to life in high school, relate to each other and build a sense of family in the school.
At the same time, FYD was developing a programme to help young people make the transition to high school safely and build relationships across the school.
ASDAH agreed to pilot the programme, and have never looked back. Over this time, a whole generation of students have taken part, and some have even returned as members of staff.
ASDAH marked the anniversary with a ceremony for current Stars students, which included guest speaker Ruben Wiki, and a sports fun day which saw all the students (and a few brave adults) take part in some great challenges.
FYD co-founder, Jo-anne Wilkinson, says that ASDAH’s commitment to Stars has been integral to the programme as a whole.
“Because ASDAH was the first school to run FYD’s Stars programme, they have been fundamental to its development – letting us know what works well and what needs to be tweaked,” she says.
“ASDAH has enabled Stars to grow into what it is today – a proven programme running in several schools across the country, helping hundreds of young people every year to make the challenging jump into high school and develop into confident leaders.”