Port Lincoln Clontarf Academy displays early promise

Port Lincoln High School has already had success with its Clontarf Academy, success it has shared with the Clontarf Foundation's founder on Thursday.

The Clontarf Academy, which aims to improve attendance, retention and behaviour of male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, began in Port Lincoln at the start of the year and now has 30 students involved.

Clontarf Foundation SA regional manager Ian Taylor said the Port Lincoln Academy had started really well with attendance levels of more than 80 per cent, above the benchmark.

"We're giving them the opportunity to succeed and build their confidence," he said.

Foundation founder and chief executive officer Gerard Neesham got a look at the Port Lincoln Academy himself last Thursday and said it was amazing to see what was in place in Port Lincoln and thought it would only grow from here.

He said South Australia was the last mainland state to have Clontarf Academies and the South Australian education system had embraced what the foundation aimed to do.

"Looking around already there's wonderful young leaders and it's only been going for a short time," he said.

"I think it will be very successful and I think it will probably grow."

The foundation has 116 academies within 129 schools across mainland Australia with about 8000 male students enrolled.

The Port Lincoln students will be involved in the 'Port Lincoln Cup' basketball carnival between August 13 and 16 with other academies which also involves serving the community.

Students from Broken Hill, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Ocean View (Adelaide) will come to Port Lincoln this week, gettting a "Port Lincoln experience" on Wednesday that includes cleaning up a beach, helping the Salvation Army and providing school clinics before moving on to Coffin Bay to visit the national park, see an oyster lease and learn about the local fishing industry.

This is followed by the basketball carnival the following day and finishing with a formal dinner.

Port Lincoln Clontarf Academy director Matthew Stokes said this was the first Clontarf carnival in South Australia and would be carried out with a fun atmosphere.

"We're really excited, it's just a great experience for our boys and the boys visiting to look around Port Lincoln," he said.