Senior education is critical to successful employment and life outcomes post school and the staff at Palmerston 10-12 Academy in the Northern Territory are working hard to ensure all academy members have access to tools and a space to continue their studies.
The academy room continues to be staffed by Clontarf mentors and has been transformed with the inclusion of 1.5m spacing markers and additional cleaning and hygiene stations. While Clontarf members are typically encouraged to prepare their own food while in the academy, the Palmerston staff have taken it upon themselves to pre-prepare all food prior to morning tea and lunch to ensure the highest possible hygiene standards are maintained.
For those students who are unable to attend the academy room itself, Clontarf staff have been making regular phone calls and home visits to ensure the boys remain engaged with the programme. Clontarf staff have also delivered schoolwork packs that were diligently compiled by the wonderful teaching staff at Palmerston College.
The academy has received a lot of very positive feedback from parents and carers, including the following:
“I would like to personally thank you and your team for always supporting us all as a family and giving my boy a safe supporting place to go to. I do believe the reason he is still at school doing Year 12 is Clontarf. When he goes to Clontarf it is like a second home. Again, thank you.”