Haileybury Rendall School is committed to educating aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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.
Stars Foundation has been offering high-quality, in-school mentoring and support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make active choices towards realising their full potential in all aspects of their development and wellbeing. Our purpose is to improve education and health outcomes for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
The Stars model is based on the best available evidence and our programs are achieving some outstanding outcomes. To meet the needs of our young women, we offer a range of extracurricular activities, including sport and physical activities, art, music, and dance. Community activities and camps are also offered to provide engagement incentives and opportunities for personal growth and development.
Full-time, on-site mentors are the key to the success of the Stars program. Our experienced and dedicated staff help the 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:
- 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 individual 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.