The Clontarf Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that assists in the education and employment of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men with mentoring, will begin working with Tumut High School students in 2019.
The Foundation, which began at the Clontarf Aboriginal College site in in Waterford, Western Australia, normally works in larger schools, but thanks to additional funding provided by Snowy Hydro, will be working with Tumut High students starting next year.
“This is a pretty exciting time for us, as this is an additional resource for our school,” Tumut High School Principal Don Dixon said.
“We have already got a person employed as a mentor in Tumut
“The idea of the mentoring is to increase attendance and the rate of at which students finish year 12. It has been very successful at Mount Austin High School in Wagga.
“A bus might pick students up and take them to a fitness session at 7 in the morning. A mentor might work from 7 to 5.
“It will be a great asset to the community as well as the school.”
The Clontarf Foundation held two presentations at the school on Monday, the second in the presence of Tumut Cluster police and Snowy Valleys Council staff.