Clontarf success celebrated

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North Albany Senior High School has recorded one of the highest attendance rates of Clontarf Foundation students in WA.

Its Clontarf Academy recorded an 85 per cent student attendance rate last year.

For the first time in its history, the school also has an Aboriginal school captain this year — Anthony Turner, who is a member of the academy. Great Southern Clontarf Academy director Phil Gilbert said the academy invested a lot of time in its Aboriginal students to create a high attendance rate.

“We worked really closely with North Albany Senior High School principal and staffs,” he said.

“We run a number of programs which help the boys engage at school. We run a lot of basketball games and carnivals and build strong relationship with the boys.”

Clontarf regional manager Michael Lay congratulated the Great Southern Clontarf Academy for its work.

“Last year was one of their best years, so the reports of their outcomes and their attendance was also the highest,” he said.

“A number of boys completed Year 12, which is fantastic. And the most exciting thing is they also have a number of boys who are undergoing traineeships outside school.” Mr Gilbert said he had high hopes for the Clontarf students who were graduating this year. “At the end of the day, we hope they end up to be strong and independent young men with a lot of self-esteem and are ready to work,” he said.

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