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Clontarf Foundation


An opportunity to succeed.


The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society. Clontarf activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, wellbeing and sport.

The Clontarf program includes engaging and rewarding activities that aim to improve each students’ attendance to 80% or above. Using a comprehensive approach of supportive relationships, a welcoming environment and a diverse range of activities, participants develop their self-esteem and confidence. The Clontarf Academy staff have a robust and proven senior program to ensure participants are on track to complete their studies. During and upon completing the program, graduates are supported to find employment. Specialist Employment Officers are engaged to do this and provide support until graduates become comfortable with their new jobs and surroundings.

Clontarf staff work within the school during school hours. The Academy room is open during breaks and an hour before school starts. Breakfast is available for students before school starts and fun activities are held during breaktimes through the week. After hours, Clontarf staff run enriching programs aimed at developing capacity in our young men.

Clontarf students are offered free transport to and from school should they require it any school day.

To find out more about the Clontarf Foundation, please visit the official website, or watch An Introduction to Clontarf Foundation.

Morning Activities

Morning trainings occur twice a week before school starts with pick-ups occurring before training.

All trainings run for 1 hour with the sessions concluding with showers and a hot breakfast provided. Students go to their classes after breakfast.

Afternoon Activities

Afternoon activities are run throughout the week; activities commence straight after school. The activities range from cooking classes, fishing, sports and guest speakers.

Camps and Excursions

Clontarf students are provided special opportunities throughout the year to take part in camps and sporting events with other Clontarf Academies.

Clontarf student achievement goals

  • Improved school attendance
  • Develop student confidence and self confidence
  • Success within all subject areas
  • Become work-ready and support career employment pathways.

Any Aboriginal male student enrolled at Whyalla Secondary College is eligible to join the Clontarf Academy. There are no prerequisites for subjects required. In order to remain in the program, Clontarf Academy students must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the foundation.

Year Level: 7-12

Special Requirements: This program is offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male students only.

Clontarf at WSC

Scholarships: A scholarship is generally an amount paid or allowed to a student at an educational institution for the purpose of study. A fellowship grant is generally an amount paid or allowed to an individual for the purpose of study or research.

Did you know there are currently more than 460 scholarship opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on the Indigenous Pathway Portal? This is a great starting point for students who are intending to undertake tertiary studies next year and want to explore scholarship opportunities.
Find out more information here.

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