Cash boost to help students

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POLLY FARMER FUNERAL. Graham 'Polly' Farmer's funeral. Clontarf students.
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A $30 million boost to the Clontarf Foundation announced by the State Government last week will see an additional 200 Aboriginal boys receive mentoring and support to complete their secondary education.

Collie Senior High School is among the four extra schools that will welcome the support program and provide an opportunity for up to 50 students over the five year deal.

School principal Dale Miller said 10 per cent of the school’s students were Aboriginal.

“This new partnership between the Clontarf Foundation and Collie Senior High School is very exciting,” Ms Miller said.

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“Students in the Collie community love sports and their pursuit of sporting excellence goes hand-in-hand with trying to achieve goals in their learning and life.

“These young people are our future and finding ways to motivate them on and off the field is crucial.

“The Clontarf Academy will be a positive program to inspire students to come to school every day, use the mechanism of sport to develop leadership and life skills, reach their goals and complete school.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said she was pleased to secure the funding.

“Providing young Aboriginal people with the best possible education, life and leadership skills is a vitally important endeavour,” Ms Ellery said.

“This funding will allow the Clontarf Foundation to run and expand on its programs, reaching more students and spurring them on to persevere, be resilient and succeed.”

The Clontarf Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that started in WA in 2000 and helps in the education and employment of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

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