Welcome to the eighth edition of GO-Q.  We’re loving putting this newsletter together for all of you, and this one is a bumper issue.  There’s a chat I recorded with Adam and Michael to watch, and lots more. I also want to extend a special welcome to Ashlie Rogers who’s joined the GO team. Ashlie is GO’s new Scholarship Program Manager and we’re really thrilled to have her at GO! Stay well team.  Sxx

Zoom with Adam, Michael & Shirley

Congratulations Kiahn!

Thanks for sending us your self-portrait drawing.  We love it, and Celine has your prize on its way to you!

GO welcomes Ashlie Rogers!

Photo of Ashlie RogersHi GO Scholars,

I’m Ashlie Rogers, a proud Jaru woman from the Kimberley region in WA, but I was born and raised on Dharawal land in the Wollondilly Shire.

I’ve joined the GO Foundation team this week as Scholarship Program Manager, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all.  So that you can know more about me and my path to GO, here’s some more of my story.

I have been working in community in a range of roles for the past 9 years including Aboriginal youth worker, family support worker, intensive family support worker and OOHC Case Manager/cultural support planner. I have completed training to be able to support families and carers in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention with children and young people.

I am passionate about working with our youth and seeing better outcomes for our kids through education, connection to culture and family. This is what attracted me to my role at GO where I will be liaising with schools, students and our education partners and working towards growing our scholarships program into new schools and areas with Mark, the Head of Scholarships.

I enjoy spending my weekends with my family, my kids and my dog and I have signed up to play footy again this year to prepare for the Koori Knockout (if it goes ahead).

Developing strong relationships and working in community is the foundation of everything I do, both professionally and personally.

I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and supporting you throughout your education journey.


GO-Q Culture – A First Nations View: The Arrival of Cook

Prepare to be wowed by an immersive short film telling the stories handed down through the generations of First Nations people who encountered Captain James Cook on his travels along the east coast of Australia in 1770.

The Message – Stories from the Shore was produced by Alison Page for the National Museum of Australia to tell and record the Indigenous perspective. Alison has recorded a short video specially for GO Scholars to introduce the film.

The 12-minute film is part of the feature online experience Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians. This exhibition is part of a greater narrative that seeks to tell the true history of modern Australia, and it will blow you away.  It is so important for all of us to share real stories of our history and our shared culture and we would encourage everyone to watch it. You can watch The Message – Stories from the Shore here.

Stretch-ercise with Tyran

If you’re anything like us in the GO Team, working from home is taking a toll on our toe touching ability, perfect posture and all-round flexibility (and no Mark, it’s not the secret snacks!).

To the rescue this week is GO Scholar Tyran Hill with some great stretches and exercises to strengthen sagging core and back muscles. As well as studying a Bachelor of Human Movement at Uni SA, Tyron plays with the North Adelaide Football Club, and his ‘inchworms’ and other simple moves will have you star jumping for joy.  Thanks Tyran!

GO Well GO Family

ReachOut Australia has just launched a new COVID-19 study support hub that’s tailored to the specific needs of students right now. Operating for over 20 years, ReachOut’s Australia’s most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents, carers and guardians. The study support hub is for under 25s, parents, teachers and schools, and includes articles, tips and wellbeing plans. Everything on the study support hub is evidence based and designed with experts, and young people and parents.

It’s easy to use, and it’s free. You can find it here.

On the subject of wellbeing, now that we are well into this marathon that is quarantine, here are a few more self-care tips to help us get through to the other side of this crazy Iso time.

  1. Shower every day. Have a wash, get dressed, brush your teeth and your hair as if you are going out. Trust me, you’ll feel more alert if you’re not mooching around in your pjs (save this for the weekend!)
  2. Get your exercise in! Try Tyran’s stretches this week, and check out our Sydney Swans friends at SwansFit.  They have new exercises and wellbeing videos every week.
  3. Take a walk. Yes, outside! Even if it’s just around the block.  Stretch out and look around. Adjusting your focus to look at trees – anything but your computer screen for a while – will help your eyes and give you a boost.
  4. Stop reading the news all the time.  Instead use your free time to connect with friends and family.
  5. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, need some help or just a chat, reach out to us at GO. There’s also Kids Helpline, ReachOut and lots of other support services (listed below).

Helpful Covid-19 Contacts

  • You can find all the latest COVID-19 details for NSW schools, universities, and childcare here, and details about SA schools here.
  • Kids Helpline has a special COVID-19 information page, which is a great resource, and there’s someone to talk to 24/7 online or by phoning 1800 551800
  • Visit health.gov.au for the latest health advice or call the 24-hour National COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 020 080.
  • Visit the Department of Social Services for the latest information about COVID-19 assistance and support services.
  • Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous website where you can search over 360,000 services to find food, housing, counselling, legal advice, and a whole lot more. Ask Izzy’s Facebook page is also full of useful info.

Get your entries to Mark for the drawing competition, and stay safe and well GO Family!