The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society. Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for about 6,600 boys in 91 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales. The Foundation believes that failure to experience achievement when young, coupled with a position of under-privilege can lead to alienation, anger and more serious consequences. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and in turn raise their self-esteem.
Swan Hill College EAL program is for Year 7-10 newly arrived students to the country. There is no Language School in Swan Hill, so students are screened using the Observation Survey and placed in small withdrawal groups and given intensive English classes according to their individual needs. They are assessed as per the checklist for the EAL VEL’s Rainbow Graph as outlined by DEECD.
On arrival the students are placed in a New Arrival Program, which helps them settle smoothly into a new school, community and life. They are taught to read, write and speak English. Each student has an ILP, (Individual Learning Plan). EAL students are encouraged to be involved with extra-curricular activities, such as: Homework Program, learn to swim classes, sporting activities and agencies in the Swan Hill Community.
They are assessed using AUS VEL's reporting system and their mainstream teachers provide differentiated activities for them as necessary.