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In 2019 Vincentia High School partnered with The Clontarf Foundation to start an academy at school. 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 provide full time mentoring and support to young Aboriginal men throughout their high school years and assist them with their transition to further training or employment. Xavier Ennis, Harley Grundy, Taylor Betts and Jackson Webb are our full-time, Clontarf staff mentors who are based in the Clontarf academy room to support the 95 young Clontarf men currently enrolled at Vincentia High.

The mentors counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues whilst the school caters for their educational needs. Using a comprehensive approach of supportive relationships, a welcoming environment, and a diverse range of activities, the students develop improved self-esteem and confidence. The Foundation believes that failure to experience achievement when young, coupled with a position of under-privilege can lead to alienation, anger and more serious consequences. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and in turn raise their self-esteem.

The Foundation’s approach has been very successful, not only in attracting young men to school and retaining them but also in having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles, developing them into respectable young men.


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Clontarf Year 11 Dinner

On the 24th of February 2022 the Vinnie Eagles hosted a year 11 dinner to recognise and support our year 11 cohort. The evening was designed to share information to parents, caregivers and executive staff in preparation for the boys’ final two years of their high school journey.

It was a strong turn out with 8/10 fellas attending the dinner, all scrubbed up and looking sharp, it was positive to see the parents and caregivers having conversations around the support systems we have in place for the lads to succeed through this year and into year 12.

We were lucky enough to have Alumni Ryley Madden and Andrew Van Oploo, both 2020 graduates, come along for some Q&A with Josh Toohey our regional employment officer. The young men did an amazing job displaying true role model qualities as they discussed their current employment and post-school transition whilst reflecting on their Clontarf years. It was both humbling and inspiring to hear their personal accounts as they provided great insight for all in attendance.

To top off the night we had a cracking feed of Chinese from the local Vincentia Golf Club. We are looking forward to watching and guiding these young fellas into their senior years as they develop and mature into the best versions of themselves with a more rounded understanding of their path moving forward.

City to Surf

On the 21st October 2021, the Vincentia Eagles participated in the Virtual City to Surf for 2021. We embarked on a 14km run from Huskisson Wharf to Blenheim beach, Vincentia running the coastline enjoying some cracking views along the way. Our 2 lads carved up and completed the whole 14km. Super proud of the 2 lads for ripping in and showing great leadership within our academy.

Was lucky enough to have 3 school staff and Alumni Andrew Van Oploo volunteer their time to run with us and cheer us on. We finished our run with 1 hour 58 minutes on the clock.

Morning Training Session

Leadership is a big part of our values here at Clontarf Vincentia, these 6 young men were nominated to lead their year levels for 2021 Term 1 and 2.

Beach Footy

On the 4th August 2021, the Vinnie Eagles linked up with the Shoaly Mud Crabs to get involved in a small tournament of Beach Footy. The South Coast weather turned it on with Greenfields Beach looking pristine!

The energy was high, and the boys ripped in giving their all with 5 aside footy testing the fitness, there were plenty of good tackles and great Clontarf Spirit. To conclude the beach footy competition the highest scoring team from each academy played it out in the grand final! Both teams put their body on the line and played with Clontarf Spirit.

The Vinni Eagles came out on top after a close match. To finish the day off the boys who were keen had a quick swim in the icy winter water then hooked into a big feed! ​

Room Tour of Vincentia Clontarf Academy

Training at Moona Creek

Clontarf Academy Basketball - Capital to Coast Cup The time has come where Vincentia Clontarf Academy verse Karabar Clontarf Academy in the all mighty Capital to Coast! It was safe to say our year 7 lads were all fired up and ready to go! Before the game we firstly arrived to the National Arboretum Canberra where we were greeted by Dean and Gail who yarned to the boys about bush food, tool making and different animal skins and their uses. The boys learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute of it. Shortly after our visit the lads set of to Karabar High School to battle it out for the Capital to Coast Cup! Both teams played exceptionally well and showed Clontarf Spirit throughout the whole game! The lads ripped in and had a fun time. Enjoy this recap of the year 7 lads out on their first ever Clontarf Camp. Oh and we forgot to mention.... WE BROUGHT THE TROPHY BACK HOME! 22 March 2021

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