Haileybury Rendall School is committed to educating Indigenous students from remote Australian communities. It is our vision to ensure that Indigenous students have access to a high-quality secondary education.
At the forefront of ‘Closing the Gap’ for remote Indigenous secondary students, Haileybury Rendall’s ambitious target is to ensure that all its graduates leave the School with the skills they require to become active citizens. Indigenous students are treated no differently than any other. 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 Foundation commenced an Academy Program at Kormilda College in 2011 and Haileybury Rendall School will continue the 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, by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
The day-to-day activities of the program include three training sessions per week; regular 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 enter the classrooms to support teachers and also take groups at various times over the course of the week to run sporting and team-building activities.
Senior students spend time with academy staff with a view to preparation for the future, building life and leadership skills and connecting 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.
Strong Girls Academy
Kormilda College officially opened the Strong Girls Academy in 2012 and continues to attract many students to the program throughout the school year. Haileybury Rendall School is committed to continuing the program.
The program is focused on encouraging behavioural change, developing positive attitudes and assisting Indigenous female students to complete school and secure employment. Fundamental to this, is the development of values, skills and abilities that will assist the program participants to improve self-esteem and achieve positive life outcomes.
The students are supported by the staff both on an educational and wellbeing level. The staff encourage, guide and mentor the girls on an individual basis and work across both the Day School and the Boarding Program. The girls have access to their own Academy Room where they can come to relax and engage with other students and staff in their free time.
Along with the academic support, the academy also offers after-school activities such as basketball, football and fitness, traditional painting and homework help, to name just a few.
The girls are encouraged to put their ideas forward to ensure the activities are of particular interest.