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    Try for 5! is an intra-school challenge, designed to address short and long term impacts of students missing foundation learning in their primary years through poor school attendance.

    Poor school attendance has been linked to lower academic outcomes, early school leaving, substance abuse, poverty, unemployment and negative health outcomes.

    The program motivates and rewards individual classes and schools for their attendance record during the challenge period, and engages students and families using Queensland's highest profile sporting clubs and players.

    Try for 5! is structured to:

    • Reinforce a positive school culture
    • Communicate high expectations of attendance
    • Record and follow-up student absences and provide support where required

    Participating schools:

    • Cooktown State School
    • Dunwich State School
    • Western Cape College – Weipa
    • Western Cape College – Mapoon
    • Cunnamulla State School
    • Murgon State School
    • Healy State School
    • Yarrabah State School
    • Garbutt State School
    • Bwgcolman Community School
    • St Michael’s School, Palm Island

    Program partners:

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