Resilience amid challenges

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Karratha Clontarf Academy year 12 graduates Isaac O’Keefe, 18, Braydon Fawcett, 17, Shaquille Tucker-Love, 18, Cody Bailey, 17, Jaycob Stream, 18, Quintel Wailu, 18, Trent Jones, 17, and Tairiq Nona-Dunlop, 18.
Camera IconKarratha Clontarf Academy year 12 graduates Isaac O’Keefe, 18, Braydon Fawcett, 17, Shaquille Tucker-Love, 18, Cody Bailey, 17, Jaycob Stream, 18, Quintel Wailu, 18, Trent Jones, 17, and Tairiq Nona-Dunlop, 18. Credit: Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News/Karratha Clontarf Academy Year 12 graduates Isaac O’Keefe, 18, Braydon Fawcett, 17, Shaquille Tucker-Love, 18, Cody Bailey, 17,, Caitlyn Watts/Pilbara News

The achievements of the Karratha Clontarf Academy students were celebrated last week at its annual awards night.

Held at sunset on The Shelf at the Red Earth Arts Precinct, students, parents, teachers, school staff and local community representatives gathered to attend the ceremony that reconsigned the young men’s hard work and dedication over the year.

The night started with a dinner and live entertainment followed by a welcome to country.

The official proceedings then kicked off with Karratha Clontarf Academy director Brett Thompson and principal Mario Tufilli delivering speeches to the cohort.

The presentations then began, with the attendance, sports, academic and all-rounder awards for each year group.

The graduation certificates were also presented to the 14 academy students who completed Year 12 this year, which was a 100 per cent graduation rate.

In the night’s major award categories, Isaac O’Keefe won the employment award while Braydon Fawcett took home the Durack leadership award.

Mr Thompson said there were 130 students in the academy this year and he was proud of all their efforts, especially given what a challenging year it had been.

“We got a good crowd there, which was good. The night was to recognise the efforts and acknowledge the people who have supported them along the way through the year,” he said.

“It’s been a different year. We’ve had to adapt. Obviously that term two was the one that was affected most with COVID restrictions.

“But everyone got behind each other and showed a fair bit of resilience to get through and especially the Year 12s. It’s a year like no other for Year 12 students. They missed out on a lot of the good stuff.”

Mr Thompson said the Year 12 trip over east was cancelled this year, however the students would be travelling to Perth instead.

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