clontarf foundation

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, well-being and sport.

Contact Persons

Whyalla Clontarf Director
Mr Jeremy Neesham

Whyalla High Clontarf Operations Officer
Mr Peter Rolfe

Aboriginal Education Coordinator
Jacob Ellidge


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

Any Aboriginal male enrolled in the school is eligible to join Clontarf and there are no other prerequisites required. Clontarf staff work within in the school during school hours. The academy room is open during school breaks and an hour before schools starts. Breakfast is available for students before school starts and fun activities are held during breaks throughout the week. After hours, Clontarf staff also run enriching programmes aimed at developing capacity in our young men.


Morning Trainings

Moring trainings occur on Tuesday & Thursday before school starts, with student picks ups occurring before training. All trainings run for 1 hour with the sessions concluding with showers and a hot breakfast provided. Students then are taken off to their classes at the completion of breakfast.

• Tuesday pickups begin at 6:00am with trainings starting at 7:00am
• Thursday pickups begin at 7:00am with trainings starting at 8:00am

Further to this, Clontarf students are offered free transport to and from school should they require it.

Afternoon Activities

Clontarf run afterschool activities that range from cooking classes, fishing, sports and guest speakers. Activities commence straight after school and staff aim to have the students home between 4:30-5:30. Clontarf also provides students with special opportunities to take part in camps and sporting events with other Clontarf academies.

Clontarf Student Achievement Goals

• Improved school attendance (80% or above)
• Develop student confidence and self-belief
• Success within all learning areas
• Become work-ready and support career employment pathways

Special Requirements

• The program is uniquely offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male students only.
• In order to remain in the programme, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation.