Year 12 Clontarf boys from across the Top End of the Northern Territory buzzed with excitement during this year’s leadership forum, a highly anticipated event on the Clontarf Foundation calendar.
This year’s forum kicked off at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, where the First Nations Precinct provided a warm welcome to academy members and Clontarf partners and supporters alike.
Regional staff greeted the boys with a delicious breakfast, setting the tone for a day filled with inspiring talks and workshops. The boys were honoured to hear from influential figures such as Chief Minister Hon Natasha Fyles MLA, NT Minister for Education Hon Eva Lawler MLA, Luke Gosling MP and Senator Hon Malarndirri McCarthy. Their messages on leadership, goal-setting, and supporting each other in the final year of school truly resonated with the Year 12s.
After the morning sessions, the boys convened at the Batchelor Outdoor Education Centre to continue their leadership discussions. Through the creation of the Year 12 pledge, the group committed to keeping each other accountable throughout the year.
The day ended with plenty of fun and games as the boys enjoyed each other’s company, engaging in friendly matches of table tennis, cricket, football, and cards. As night fell, the group gathered around a campfire to share stories and music, bonding over their shared experiences.
The following day began with Clontarf-style morning training and a hearty breakfast, courtesy of the regional Employment Officers. As the group packed up to head home, they reflected on the enriching few days they had just experienced. They left with renewed motivation to finish the year strong and support each other along the way.
Well done, boys, and good luck with the year!