Good blokes, diligent students, academic stars and budding athletes were recognised at the annual Kalgoorlie Clontarf Academy awards night at Eastern Goldfields College on Tuesday.
About 100 people attended the annual event, which celebrates the achievements of Clontarf Academy students from Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and EGC.
Harrison Garwood (Year 12) and Cuba Garlett (Year 8) were honoured for their leadership; Talvin Stubbs (Year 12) received the all-rounder award; Anthony Narrier (Year 12) and Jacob Thomsen (Year 7) claimed citizenship gongs; and Rhys Thomas (Year 12) was recognised for his overall excellence.
Awards were also handed out to Year 7-12 students for attendance, academic achievement, sporting prowess, and being “solid fellas”.
“The event was really all about the boys and celebrating their achievements throughout the year,” Kalgoorlie Clontarf Academy director Simon O’Sullivan said.
“For some, that means turning up to school every day, others have aspirations to excel academically, and for those that love their football and sports, it’s about recognising those talents as well.
“For those receiving an award, it was also an opportunity for the boys to develop their confidence and public speaking skills when accepting the award and thanking those that supported them.
“For those boys present that may not have received an award, we hope that the event drives and motivates them to greater heights next year.”
The night included recognition of the 10 graduating EGC Year 12 students.
Several prominent members of the community were in attendance, including State Member for Kalgoorlie Kyran O’Donnell, Kalgoorlie police Sergeant Nat Jacks, and representatives of event sponsors Anglo Gold, Saracen Minerals, WorkPac and the Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre.
The Clontarf Foundation, founded in 2000, has more than 8000 boys and 121 schools participating in the program nationwide.
More than 700 Clontarf students are expected to graduate high school in 2019.