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.
Jermaine Packer and Harley Grundy are our full time, Clontarf staff mentors who will be based in our school cottage to support the 107 young men currently enrolled at Vincentia High. The mentors will counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while 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, turning them into respectable young men.
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&2.
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