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There was cause for celebration in Karratha this month as a record number of Year 12 Clontarf students said farewell to their school years at a graduation ceremony last week.
A total of 18 Clontarf students – double the previous record set in 2013 – finished their secondary studies in the mining town located in WA’s Pilbara region.
Karratha Academy Director Brad Cox said it was an enormous achievement that would have many wide-reaching, positive outcomes.
“All the Academy staff, school staff and parents are really proud of the 18 boys who are graduating,” said Brad.
“They leave behind a great legacy for the younger boys in the Academy, particularly with what is expected of them at the Academy and at school.
“Although this is a breakout year for Karratha, in years to come we are hoping this will be the norm.”
Wendell Sailor, one of the 18 graduates, was the recipient of the Karratha Clontarf Academy Award.
“I’m really proud to have graduated from a school I have been at since Year 8,” Wendell said.
“I’m looking forward to setting myself up for the future and doing some travelling as well.
“To all the younger boys coming through the ranks, try your best and stick at it through the tough times!”
Wendell currently works in a casual position with Green Tree Fencing in Wickham but has his eyes set on something bigger in 2018, potentially with one of Clontarf’s corporate partners.
Brad said the leadership skills Wendell had developed during his time with Clontarf would hold him in good stead for whatever direction he took in the future.
“Wendell is a fantastic leader within the group and a great role model to the younger boys. He has a bright future ahead of him and everyone at the Karratha Academy wishes him and his fellow alumni all the best.”