Term 1 of 2021 has kicked off at Clontarf academies across Australia with staff welcoming new and old boys alike.
Our academies have seen record numbers of boys attending early morning sessions and academy activities with many expressing their excitement in seeing friends, fellow Clontarf members and staff following the break.
Like last year, 2021 will again be affected by the ongoing pandemic, however all academies will continue to follow COVIDSafe rules and advice, and will implement modified programmes of activity should further lockdowns occur.
At the time of writing, Victoria was preparing to enter a five-day lockdown which will directly affect our five Victorian academies, located in Bairnsdale, Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill and Warrnambool, as well as our Victorian office in Melbourne. Clontarf staff in the state will continue to engage with academy members for the duration of the lockdown via phone, home visits and video conferencing where possible. We encourage Victorian Clontarf members and their parents/guardians to adhere to the instructions of the state government and education department. Our staff will be there to support you in any way they can.
Restrictions affecting the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region in WA are set to lift on 14 February. Affected academies reopened alongside host schools on 8 February and will continue to act in accordance with COVIDSafe requirements.
In more positive news, the next phase of Clontarf’s expansion is already well underway with several new academies opening across the country, including:
Belmont Academy, at Belmont City College, Belmont
Newman Academy, at Newman Senior High School, Newman
Taminmin Academy, at Taminmin College, Humpty Doo
Paralowie Academy, at Paralowie School, Paralowie
Salisbury Academy, at Salisbury High School, Salisbury
Western Cape Academy, at Western Cape College, Weipa
We are thrilled to welcome boys from these communities to the Clontarf programme and can’t wait to show them what Clontarf is all about.
Additional new academies will open around the country in Term 2, so be sure to sign up to the Clontarf Quarterly newsletter to keep up to date on all things Clontarf.
As always, we wish all Clontarf participants the very best in their studies and employment prospects in 2021 – together we can make it our best year yet!