The Clontarf Foundation program for young ATSI men to be run full time from Irrawang High School

The Clontarf Foundation national sponsors giving the program space a much needed makeover
The Clontarf Foundation national sponsors giving the program space a much needed makeover


The Clontarf Foundation has arrived in the Hunter Region and Irrawang High School is thrilled to have the program in their school.

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The 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.

There are many aspects to the program, which is essentially designed to encourage young ATSI men to complete their schooling to Year 12.

Students will attend morning training twice weekly, participating in a wide variety of sports.

There will also be attendance based excursions and employment visits.

Heading the program at our school is Director John Wade assisted by Operations Officer Luke Walsh.

Mr Wade said, “We are honoured to be part of the Irrawang High School community and eager to get the program established with the boys.”

Irrawang High Deputy Principal Mr Trent Colley commented “We are extremely excited to have the Clontarf Program here at Irrawang High School.“

“The outcomes for Aboriginal students across Australia speak for themselves as it enhances educational experiences at school, and most importantly equips them with skills beyond school.”

On Thursday 14 February the students weren’t the only ones sharing the love.

Bunnings once again showing their generosity as the national sponsor for the Clontarf Foundation.

Giving the designated demountable for the program at Irrawang High School a much needed makeover to create a welcoming environment for all the ATSI young men.

Mr Colley went on to say, “We see the Clontarf Program led by John and Luke working in partnership with our Ngarralbaa Aboriginal Education Team and the Youyong AECG, to build sustainable relationships with our community to provide our students a platform to reach their maximum potential”.

Mr Wade encourages any the parents, carers and families wanting for information about the program to contact him at school on 4987 4687, or through the Clontarf website


By Kelly MAY

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