Indigenous Education

Giving indigenous student every advantage

Haileybury Rendall School program provides an exciting and enriching curriculum for all students. It builds resilient and independent learners with skills in creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking.

Our teaching approach is tailored to suit year levels. We develop core literacy and numeracy skills through explicit instruction in the junior years, while in the middle years we move to a combination of explicit instruction and student-centred learning. As students enter their senior years, they begin a three-year VCE program coupled with a range of subjects to suit all interests and abilities.

Ultimately, students leave Haileybury Rendall School prepared for the challenges that lie ahead, with a love for learning and with the life skills essential for success.


Our Indigenous Education program

Haileybury Rendall School is committed to educating Indigenous students from remote Australian communities. It is our vision that all Indigenous students have access to a high-quality secondary education.

Haileybury Rendall’s ambitious target is to ensure that all its graduates, including Indigenous students, leave the School with the skills they require to become active citizens. To close the gap, we must have equal expectations of all students. Intensive Literacy and Numeracy classes in Middle School lead to mainstream, VET and apprenticeship opportunities in the Senior School.

The Clontarf Academy

The Clontarf Foundation commenced an Academy program at Kormilda College in 2011 and Haileybury Rendall School continues this tradition. A not-for-profit organisation, the Clontarf Foundation, exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and so equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.

The day-to-day activities of the program include three training sessions per week, AFL, rugby league and basketball games and general engagement sessions with students in the Academy Room. Each term, the staff run at least three camps with a view to engaging students further in the academy and the college.

During school hours, Clontarf Academy staff regularly join the classrooms to support teachers and to take groups over the course of the week to run sporting and team-building activities.

Senior students spend time with academy staff to prepare for the future, build life and leadership skills and connect with potential future employers.

While the program is aimed at Indigenous students, all Haileybury Rendall students are welcome to attend the training sessions and Clontarf staff also support the School's Sport Program, particularly the AFL team.

Stars Foundation

Stars Foundation has been offering high-quality, in-school mentoring and support programs for girls in the Northern Territory since 2015. In 2018, Stars opened a program at Haileybury Rendall School.

Stars Foundation’s Mission is to support and enable Indigenous girls and young women to make active choices to realise their full potential in all aspects of their development and wellbeing. The purpose is to improve education and health outcomes for young Indigenous women.

The Stars model is based on the best available evidence and programs are achieving some outstanding outcomes. To meet the needs of young women, Stars Foundation offers a range of extracurricular activities, including sport and physical activities, art, music and dance. Community activities and camps are also offered to provide opportunities for personal growth and development.

Full-time, onsite mentors are the key to the success of the Stars program. Experienced and dedicated staff help girls gain the skills they need to develop resilience and support their own wellbeing, which leads to increased social connection, community participation and self-confidence.

The program focuses on four key areas through the Stars Plan:

  • Wellbeing
  • Education, Training & Employment
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Community & Leadership  

Every Stars participant works with her mentor to develop a comprehensive and holistic plan to help her move toward making active and positive choices about her future.  We use a strengths-based approach designed to build on the abilities, interests and strengths of each girl.

Stars measures the success of its programs by the outcomes it achieves in the lives of its participants. Completion of Year 12 and a successful transition into a sustainable career is one measure of success and we track these outcomes continuously.

Stars aims to see our students completing school as well-rounded, confident young women with a broad range of healthy life skills and who are well prepared for a positive future.