The Governor meeting students at Fremantle College
Meeting the students at Fremantle College

Governor visits Clontarf Foundation Fremantle Academy

The Governor visited the Clontarf Foundation at Fremantle College to receive an update on the Foundation and a brief on their response to COVID-19 pandemic.

Ross Kelly, Chairman, Clontarf Foundation, Gerard Neesham, CEO, Clontarf Foundation, Myles Draper, Principal, Fremantle College welcomed the Governor to the Fremantle College to learn of the Clontarf Foundation involvement.

The Governor hearing from three previous students from the Clontarf Academy
Hearing from three previous graduate students from the Clontarf Academy

After the briefing, the Governor heard from Jeffery, Dillon and Andrew, three previous graduate that had attended the Clontarf Academy, to learn of their journeys and how Clontarf has impacted and changes their lives.

The Governor with Dillon, Andrew and Jeffery
The Governor with Dillon, Andrew and Jeffery

In the short time Fremantle College has been a part of the Clontarf Academy, they have had a significant influence, attracting over 56 of the male Aboriginal students. What is even more encouraging is the fact that all of these students have dramatically improved their average school attendance.

The Governor addressing students at Fremantle College
Addressing the students at Fremantle College in the Clontarf program

The Governor then went on to meet with High School student that are part of the Clontarf Academy through Fremantle College.

“The brilliants in the Clontarf Foundations is that they have found a mechanism for transition, a mechanism to connect. The concept to use Australian Rule Football to harness natural skills and senses is providing a strong base for students to excel and I couldn’t be prouder to be Patron this organisation.” 

The Governor

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 more meaningfully in society.

The Governor speaking with students from Fremantle College
Speaking with Year 12 students from Fremantle College

As of 2020 there are 122 Academies within 135 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

The Governor having lunch with the students at Fremantle College
Having lunch with the students at Fremantle College

The Governor was invited to join the students for a lunch that they had prepared and took some time out to speaking with the boys over a home made burger about their hopes and ambitions for the future.

The Governor thanking the students at Fremantle College for having him
Year 12 student thanking the Governor for his visit to Fremantle College

A graduating year 12 student thanked the Governor on behalf of all the students for visiting Fremantle College and to see the great work Clontarf Academy is provide.

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