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    The Cowboys Try for 5! program 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 the club's profile and ambassadors.

    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:

    • Garbutt State School
    • Murgon State School
    • Dunwich State School
    • Western Cape College - Mapoon
    • Healy State School
    • Western Cape College - Weipa
    • Cooktown State School
    • Yarrabah State School
    • Vincent State School
    • Wulguru State School
    • Heatley State School
    • Rasmussen State School
    • Kelso State School
    • Aitkenvale State School
    • Currajong State School
    • Weir State School
    • Ayr State School
    • Townsville West State School
    • Bwgcolman Community College
    • St Michael’s Catholic College – Palm Island
    • Magnetic Island State School
    • Lockhart State School
    • Aurukun State School

    Program partners:

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    • Going to school reaping rewards

      Going to school reaping rewards

      With an annual increase of 5.69% in school attendance, Kelso State School students are enjoying the benefits of the Try for 5! challenge.

    • Ray makes his first week count!

      Ray makes his first week count!

      Retired Cowboys player Ray Thompson has hit the ground running in his new club community role, visiting Rasmussen State School for Try for 5!

    • High-5 for Cooktown State School!

      High-5 for Cooktown State School!

      Cowboys legend Matt Bowen took the 650-kilometre trip north to visit Cooktown State School’s winning class of Term 3 for the Try for 5! program.

    • Making every day at school count!

      Making every day at school count!

      Aitkenvale State School students are definitely making every day count with school attendance, receiving a special visitor after their recent efforts.

    • On the road for Development

      On the road for Development

      GALLERY: Cowboys legend Matty Bowen and the game development team visited schools in the Mt Isa region, thanks to Hutchinson Builders!

    • 'Prepping' for a bright future

      'Prepping' for a bright future

      Being the top class for attendance is all part of the fun for Kelso State School prep students, winning Try for 5! class of the fortnight, thanks to Sun Metals.

    • Top 3 attendance goal for Dunwich

      Top 3 attendance goal for Dunwich

      Dunwich State School can't imagine their classrooms without Try for 5! after reaching fourth place on the school attendance leaderboard!

    • Pizza party fun for Try for 5!

      Pizza party fun for Try for 5!

      Cowboys legend Matt Bowen has joined Healy State School's Year 1 class for a pizza party, recognising their improved school attendance.

    • New partner in Rio Tinto

      New partner in Rio Tinto

      The Cowboys are boosting Indigenous employment and training initiatives at the world-class Amrun bauxite project in partnership with Rio Tinto.

    • Top marks in Try for 5!

      Top marks in Try for 5!

      Matthew Bowen visits Try for 5! classrooms in Cunnamulla, Murgon and Dunwich to congratulate students on their Term 1 attendance results.

    • Local students blitz Try for 5!

      Local students blitz Try for 5!

      Congratulations to Henry and Eddie, who gave 100% in our game day challenge and in Try for 5! for term 2...

    • School pays off for Baldwin boys

      School pays off for Baldwin boys

      Baldwin brothers Rhys and Jordan's perfect attendance records in Try for 5! has earned them a VIP trip to meet their Cowboys heroes!

    • Try for 5! kicking attendance goals

      Try for 5! kicking attendance goals

      "It's given us a really visible focus on attendance to help us connect with students and the community" – on tour with Matthew Bowen for Try for 5!

    • Try for 5! touring the north

      Try for 5! touring the north

      Focus on education – this week we're talking to remote communities about improving school attendance and access to secondary school...

    • High five for Garbutt State School

      High five for Garbutt State School

      “The improvement in school attendance rates compared to the same time last year has been fantastic" – Garbutt State School embracing Try for 5!