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Clontarf Academy

South Hedland Primary School Mentor - Marcus

Markus is originally from NSW. He has been working at Hedland Senior High School for the past 9 months with year 9 and 10 boys. His main focus is to make school fun with activities and incentives to promote a good team environment and keep boys engaged with their studies, preparing them for high school and beyond. 

Markus’ previous career was a contract tree climber for 10 years. Markus loves camping, fishing and outdoor activities with his wife and 2 young kids. 


The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.

In 2021, there are 136 Clontarf academies within 149 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

Our academies are staffed with full-time employees who possess a wealth of life experience and come from diverse backgrounds.


Whether it’s picking up students from their homes before school, preparing breakfast after training, helping out with homework, organising health checks or just having a kick of the footy – our staff do everything they can to make school as attractive and accessible as possible to get the best outcomes for our boys.

A Familiar Space for Our Students

Clontarf academy rooms are welcoming, inclusive and designed to foster positive learning and personal growth for the young men in our programme.

Integrated into each host school, the academy room acts as a home-base for Clontarf students before and after school, at recess and lunch, and during designated academy time. The rooms are designed to be self-reliant and are equipped with cooking and washing facilities, computers and entertainment equipment.

Our academy rooms are safe and familiar places for our boys and if their life journey ever sees them relocate (which is not uncommon), they can comfortably walk in to any Clontarf academy room, anywhere in the country and know the staff, the values and of course the room – are all familiar.

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