Clontarf Foundation

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self -esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society. Full-time, local Clontarf staff mentor and counsel students while the school caters for the educational needs of each student.

As part of the Sanderson Clontarf Academy boys who achieve attendance and behaviour targets take part in camps, sleepovers, footy carnivals, cricket carnivals and community events as well as playing regular games of footy, rugby and soccer against other middle schools across Darwin.

Guest speakers also visit and talk about a wide variety of subjects from health to employment opportunities. Boys also have the opportunity to undergo health checks from Danila Dilba as part of the program.

To find out more about the Clontarf Foundation at Sanderson Middle School contact the Clontarf Director on 8927 8899.​


Stars Foundation

The Stars Foundation commenced at Sanderson Middle School in 2015. The purpose of the Stars Foundation is improving education and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women.

The Stars program provides full-time mentors for young women at school and addresses the different socialisation, community expectations and life experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women, as well as their particular needs and challenges.<br>

A range of extracurricular activities are offered including sports and physical activities, art, music and dance. Community activities and camps are also offered to provide engagement incentives and personal development opportunities.

To find out more about the Stars Foundation at Sanderson Middle School contact Iggy Vallejo on 8927 8899.


NT Music School

The NT Music School is located on the Sanderson Middle School campus and delivers instrumental and choral music teaching and performance programs to thousands of students, and provides support for teachers and music programs in schools across the NT. To find out more visit their website


The Smith Family

The Smith Family is a children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. The Smith Family assist Sanderson Middle School in the development of programs and activities which support student engagement and learning.


Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally structured personal development program which engages and connects young people with each other, with adult mentors and with the wider community. The Dukes program leads to recognition of non-academic activities that contribute towards personal development and can count towards the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCET).

Students can achieve recognition of credit against the Dukes award in two ways at Sanderson Middle School:

  • Students can nominate to participate in the program externally to the school. The schools Dukes Coordinator, will assist students to complete doing online registration and identify suitable projects for the external assessment.
  • The Dukes program is also be offered at the school in Semester 1 each year. Sports Vouchers can be used towards the cost of the Dukes Program.

To find out more contact the schools Dukes Coordinator on 8927 8899 or visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award website.