West Kimberley Clontarf Academy

Purpose and what we do

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.

Using the passion that Aboriginal boys have for football allows Clontarf to attract the boys to school. But it is not a sporting program.

Each Clontarf Academy, formed in partnership with the local school, is focussed on encouraging behavioural change, developing positive attitudes, assisting students to complete school and secure employment. Fundamental to this, is the development of values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to achieve better life outcomes.

Through a diverse mix of activities, the full-time, local Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students while the school caters for the educational needs of each student.

Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys on the campus of the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth, Western Australia in 2000, the Foundation has grown rapidly and has been consistently successful.

The Foundation now caters for over 2,500 boys in 45 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory and Victoria.
Academy members are not selected on football ability, though obviously most of those attracted to the academy have some aptitude for the game. In order to remain in the academy members must consistently endeavour to:

  • Attend school regularly
  • Apply themselves to the study of appropriates courses
  • Embrace the Academy’s requirements for behaviour and self-discipline

Jack Reagan
WKCA
St Mary’s Campus
www.clontarf.org.au/academy/west-kimberley-clontarf-academy/

Term 2  

WELCOME TO TERM TWO, 2017

The solemnities of the feast of Easter have passed but the ongoing message of Christ’s love and self-sacrifice stands. It is remembered too in the scriptural epithet or saying often inscribed on war memorials: ‘greater love hath no man than this; that he should lay his life down for his friend’. Sometimes this biblical expression is abbreviated to: Greater love hath no man … ANZAC Day recalls that supreme sacrifice made by so many. It is appropriate that the College reflects on the symbolism of the day and that as a community we do our best to live out the College prayer which in part refers to the Lord God whose spirit of wisdom dwelling in the Yawuru country may teach us... and asks that each of us respect and support others ...with a listening heart.
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Principal and Staff of St Mary’s College.