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Going to school reaping rewards

They may be some of the youngest in their school, but Kelso State School prep students are leading the way among their schoolmates in the Try for 5! attendance challenge.

Thanks to proud program partner Sun Metals, Cowboys community officers Matt Bowen and Ray Thompson paid a visit to the school and helped the youngsters through an outdoor obstacle course, as a reward for being in the top classes for attendance.

Having shown an average progressive increase of 2.47% in school attendance over the course of the school year, Kelso State School's Stacey Burrows says they are truly enjoying and benefiting from the program.

"Our kids really enjoy Try for 5! ... when we announce the winners on school assembly every fortnight, they all sit and look around for who they think has been successful." 

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.

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! school attendance challenge