Aboriginal Programs

Follow the Dream


The Follow the Dream after school homework program is a voluntary program for aspiring, Secondary Aboriginal School Students.  The program provides after-school tuition and individualised mentoring, to assist and support the student to achieve academic outcomes at school, complete Year 12 and obtain their post school destination goals.

Students involved in the Follow the Dream Program will access opportunities and activities such as University visits, industry site visits, guest speakers, career counselling, STEM activities and cultural experiences.

The program is a key strategy for the Department in improving Aboriginal students’ attendance, literacy and numeracy, Year 12 completion and successful post-school opportunities and transition.

Stars Foundation



Stars Foundation provides a holistic program that supports Indigenous girls and young women to attend and remain engaged at school, complete Year 12 and move into full-time work or further study. Since it was established in 2015, the program has achieved consistently outstanding outcomes, with more than 90 per cent of senior students completing Year 12 in each year.

The Stars program model is based on strong trusting relationships. The Stars Room in our school provides a culturally safe, warm environment – a place where the students feel nurtured and inspired. The full-time Stars Mentors provide a diverse range of personal development activities, including academic support, personal health and wellbeing, music, drama and dance, art, cooking and nutrition, and exercise and sport. Students also take part in community, cultural and volunteering activities to build their life-skills and confidence and further develop their links to culture and community.

Stars also has a strong focus on successful transitions from school into work or further study. Both before and after graduation, Stars full-time Transitions Managers provide intensive support to help First Nations young women move successfully into employment, training or tertiary study.

To find out more about Stars visit www.starsfoundation.org.au

Clontarf Foundation

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

The Foundation works by using the existing passion that Aboriginal boys have for football to attract the boys to school and keep them there. Any Aboriginal boy enrolled at the Newton Moore Senior High School can apply to be part of the programme. To maintain their position in the Academy students are expected to demonstrate a commitment to their education and to the underpinning expectations of the Academy.

The Academy provides an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk students who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance. In addition it supports engaged boys to achieve their full potential. The Academy, in partnership with Newton Moore Senior High School, works with students to ensure they complete school through to the end of Year 12 and supports them with gaining meaningful employment or further training.

Click here to visit the Clontarf Foundation website