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With two golden-point successes in as many games, the start to the NRL season has been an exciting one – but for the grade one students at Southern Cross Catholic College, today's special Cowboys visit was the most thrilling moment yet!

Adopt-a-School visits for the year kicked off today, thanks to program partner Stockland Townsville.

The early morning session saw North Queensland Toyota Cowboys players visit their respective primary schools across Townsville.

Centre Justin O’Neill visited Southern Cross Catholic College, helping students with literacy and story-telling.

Since debuting with the club in 2015, O’Neill says he has enjoyed his involvement in the program, especially the classroom activities.

“Today we covered reading and writing with year one students, and they all had very funny stories to share,” O’Neill said.

“The club has a strong focus on education, so it’s great to be part of the program and support our youngest fans in the classroom.”

The Cowboys make over 650 visits to North Queensland schools each year for Adopt-a-School and are regularly involved in a variety of school community activities, including curriculum activities, sporting clinics, presentation nights and school assemblies.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.