Positive partnership gains ground

Since announcing their partnership with The Resilience Project (TRP) last year, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have been preparing to implement positive mental health programs in schools this year.

The Cowboys teamed up with TRP in 2018 to deliver information sessions to six schools in Townsville.

Since then, the team has been working to support schools to deliver practical strategies that focus on positive wellbeing across the whole school community, including teachers, students and parents.

In January, the Cowboys attended information sessions where TRP Schools Program Manager Antony Keely presented to participating schools. The information given during these presentations will assist teachers to roll out the program from the start of term 1.

TRP Schools Program Manager Antony Keely and Cowboys Ambassador Ray Thompson.
TRP Schools Program Manager Antony Keely and Cowboys Ambassador Ray Thompson.

Head of Curriculum: Positive Behaviour for Learning Coach Kyle Sanim from the Department of Education thanked TRP Schools Program Manager Antony Keely following an information session.

“As I looked around the room today, I saw staff cry, laugh, shake and nod their head in agreement, and I also saw them be inspired,” Mr Sanim said.

“I know you must get many thanks from all of the schools you work with, but I mean the sincerest thank-you for your efforts and the presentation you gave today.

“A massive thank-you to the Cowboys as well, for getting behind TRP. The Cowboys logo itself is a massive push for schools to want to get behind, but Gayle and Ray made the whole process smooth and effortless.”

TRP Schools Program Manager Antony Keely with staff from Cranbrook State School.
TRP Schools Program Manager Antony Keely with staff from Cranbrook State School.

Information sessions provide:

  • Results from the youth resilience survey completed by each student in Term 4 of 2018
  • Guidance on how this information should be woven into the curriculum delivery in each school
  • Information for teachers who will be delivering weekly lessons.

The Cowboys and TRP also provided information sessions to schools interested in implementing the program in their school. For more information on the program visit www.cowboys.com.au/community/the-resilience-project/.