South East Clontarf Academy
South East Clontarf Academy was established in 2007 and is located over two sites; Nulsen Primary School for Years 3 to 6 and Esperance Senior High School, Years 7 to 12.
Clontarf at Esperance SHS is staffed by Director, Glen Symonds, and Operations Officers Nathan Bonney and Joe Franzone. Theses staff mentor and 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. Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles, life skills and football. In order to remain in the programme, participants must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation.
Most recently nine students from Clontarf attended a basketball carnival in Katanning. The boys showed great leadership and team spirit. Nigel Dann's amazing shot on the buzzer at half time certainly got the whole crowd buzzing!
Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the Clontarf Academy.
Upon completing the programme, 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.
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.