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Bulldogs support youth program at Bourke High School

Outside the 2WEB studios – George Dixon, Det-Inspector Paul Quigg, Keren Barker, Victor Bartley, Phil Kennedy, Blake Barker, Patrick Edwards, Neil Driscoll, and Liam Brodrick. Photo TWH

Bourke High School Clontarf Academy

The Central North Police District in partnership with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs RLFC presented the Bourke High School (Clontarf Academy) member of the year for 2023 at Bourke on 29 November.

This award comprised of a framed Canterbury-Bankstown 2023 Indigenous rugby league jumper signed by Josh Addo-Carr, also known as the “Foxx”.

The winner was 17-year-old, Blake Barker after several Key Performance Areas (KPA’s) were evaluated. These KPA’s included training attendance, afternoon activity attendance, school attendance, overall academy engagement and most importantly, the student who attempts tasks set for them and who develops life skills using the academy’s values.

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem, and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.

The Foundation uses a unique, innovative, and highly successful approach to target one of the most at risk groups in contemporary Australian society – young Aboriginal men.

Using the passion that these boys have for sport allows Clontarf to attract them to school, and then keep them coming. It is not a sporting program – it’s about developing values, skills and abilities that will assist the boys to transition into meaningful employment and achieve better life outcomes.

The Foundation partners with schools and communities to create ‘Clontarf Academies’ which are embedded within the school grounds education program.

Full-time, locally based Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their education needs. Any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate. […]

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