12 senior Clontarf boys from across the country had the opportunity to meet Clontarf National Patron His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC (Retd), Governor-General of Australia and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley via video conference during National Reconciliation Week.
Boys from Dubbo Senior, Endeavour, Tumut (NSW), Bentley Park, Dalby, Townsville (QLD), Robinvale (VIC), Port Lincoln (SA), Katherine (NT) and Karratha (WA) academies were joined by Clontarf CEO Gerard Neesham and COO Craig Brierty on the call with Their Excellencies.
Each of the boys had the chance to introduce themselves, talk about their interests and hobbies, and discuss their aspirations for when they finish school. His Excellency spoke about his own youth, the importance of education and completing Year 12, as well as the value of National Reconciliation Week.
Tumut Academy member Daniel Hibbens said to be selected for such an occasion was an honour.
“To be part of such a small, intimate discussion with two very important, busy people was truly amazing,” he said.
Tumut Academy Director Mat Chapman said Daniel deserved the opportunity to build on his already impressive leadership abilities.
“He has been such a great role model for our younger fellas,” he said. “He works part-time, studies hard, volunteers in the community and is currently looking at attending Wollongong University next year.”
Robinvale Academy member Noah Handy echoed Daniel’s words of respect and awe.
“It has boosted my confidence knowing that I must be doing something right to be picked to speak with the Governor-General,” he said.
“I got to work on my public speaking and being able to address Their Excellencies was a real honour. Not many boys can say they have had a chat with the Governor-General.”
The Foundation would like to thank Their Excellencies for taking the time to speak to our boys and show your invaluable support.