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With the support of BHP Billiton Cannington, the Cowboys Try Time! program hit the schools of Mount Isa and Cloncurry last week to deliver 11 one-hour health and wellbeing workshops to high school students in the region.

The Try Time! team presented to over 500 year 8 and 9 students at Mount Isa Spinifex College, Mount  Isa Flexible Learning Centre, Mount t Isa Good Shepherd Catholic College, Cloncurry High School and Cloncurry St Joseph’s Catholic College.

Spinifex College, Mount Isa

Developed in consultation with Education Queensland and Catholic Education by the Cowboys and their program partner Youth with a Mission (YWAM), the workshops follow the theme “only dead fish go with the flow”, focusing on making positive and informed choices rather than going along with the crowd.

On their visit to Cloncurry and Mount Isa, the Try Time! team delivered workshops on substance abuse, body image and self esteem, the internet, social media and creating goals.

The program has eight modules in total, each addressing key social issues that can negatively impact on learning. 

Developed in line with the national curriculum, the workshops are delivered in class time to value-add to each school’s educational program and outcomes.

St Joseph's College, Cloncurry

“With the support of BHP Billiton we have already delivered the program to over 3,000 students in the Townsville region but it was great to be able to bring the workshops to students in the west,” Try Time! coordinator Bruce Muller said. 

“The Try Time! team had been looking forward to the trip for months and we weren’t disappointed.

"The schools were incredibly welcoming and the students were enthusiastic and receptive to the messages we wanted to get across.”

Flexible Learning Centre, Mount Isa

With the continuing support of BHP Billiton Cannington, the Try Time! team are planning to return to “The Curry” and “The Isa” early in 2015.

For more information on Try Time!, contact Bruce Muller, tel 07 4773 0734 or

Main image: Students from Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa

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