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Clontarf Boys Academy

Clontarf Boys Academy


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

Our approach is very successful in attracting young men to attend school and keeping them there; having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles so they can participate in society in a positive way.

Since 2000 Clontarf has helped over 6000 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men complete Year 12 and find employment. They have gone on to successful careers, purchase property, start families and maintain healthy and fulfilling lives. They remain an important part of the Clontarf family and continue to provide support, guidance and inspiration to the current boys participating in the programme.

The calibre of people that Clontarf employs is paramount to our success; they are hardworking, passionate and completely dedicated to helping the young men in our programme to achieve their potential. Our academies are staffed with full-time mentors who possess a wealth of life experience from diverse backgrounds.

Clontarf Foundation Newsletter:

The Quarterly - May 2023

For more visit the Clontarf Website.

Key Clontarf Contacts:

My name is Jeremy Long (Director), Jezza Long . I am a descendant of the Wailwan Nation from the western regions of NSW and have moved to the Newcastle area in 2023. I lived and worked with the Biripi community and youth of Taree for 16 years before moving to Newcastle.

I started with the Clontarf Foundation in 2016 and first opened the doors to the Chatham Academy in Taree. I have enjoyed my time as Director in Taree and the strong relationships I developed in the Biripi community. I’m happy that the Chatham Academy has been left in a strong position and will continue to impact the Clontarf boys and families in the area.

I am now eager to bring my experiences to the Newcastle Academy to help give the young men every opportunity to become the best person they can be.

My name is Than-Uel Whaleboat (Operations Officer). I’m a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man descending from the Mitakoodi, Birra Gubba and Meriam-Peibri people of Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Islands.

I first joined the Clontarf Foundation in 2021 at Irrawang High School as an Operations Officer. I worked at the Irrawang academy for two years until early this year I had the opportunity to come to Newcastle High School and join Jeremy Long (Director) to help rebuild the academy filled with a great bunch of boys who have the potential to succeed in school and in their communities.

I’m very excited to be apart the Newcastle Clontarf Academy and NHS team. Most importantly, seeing our boys grow up to be respectful, educated and successful young men.

My name is Joshua Miles (Operations Officer), I recently joined the team at Newcastle High Clontarf, I was previously working as a development officer with NSW Rugby. We have a great team here now at Newcastle High School, and I'm excited about what's ahead. My aim is to make a noticeable difference with the boy's daily and work on improving their education, discipline and life skills.