North Albany Academy




Pete Watters







“The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men, and by doing so, equip them to participate meaningfully in society.”


The Foundation achieves this through the medium of its Australian Rules football and a variety of engagement activities in partnership with North Albany Senior High School to cater to the specific educational needs of participants. Any Aboriginal male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the academy.


Our program provides an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk students who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance. Full-time Clontarf staff, mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues, while North Albany Senior High School cater 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 which enables them to participate in education, employment and society in a positive way.


Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, healthy lifestyles and football. In order to remain in the program, students must continue to work at school and embrace the objectives of the Foundation and the School.

  • Attend school regularly
  • Apply themselves to the study of appropriate courses
  • Embrace the Academy’s requirements for behaviour and self-discipline.