The four academies in Townsville, QLD ran several initiatives at the start of Term 2 to maximise the number of senior students returning to school after COVID-19 restrictions lifted.
Home visits and phone calls to parents/guardians were made to inform families that the school would be opening, and the Clontarf academy room was ready to welcome students back.
A morning pick-up schedule was devised to help get the boys back into a routine.
Staff held academic progress meetings with each senior student to review their past results and determine focus areas for the rest of the year.
Clontarf Employment Officer Kieran Willey ran lunchtime sessions to discuss potential career pathways and determine the work-ready documents yet to be completed or attained by students.
The boys also used the opportunity to work on their PrepL Learner’s Licence course.
Kirwan Academy Year 12 student Tajhon Neliman said he appreciated the hard work and support of Clontarf staff.
“It has meant the world to me knowing that during this time I have someone as supportive as Amena (Kirwan Academy Operations Officer) there to push me to succeed every day,” he said.
The initiatives were highly successful with close to 90% of senior Clontarf students in the region returning to school in the first week – a great way to start the term and the rest of the year!