The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are excited to be helping Woree State School turn pink as the school community tackles important challenges on their annual Pink It Forward Day.
Woree State School recently joined the club’s Try for 5! school attendance challenge, and the visit by former Cowboys Ray Thompson and Antonio Winterstein on Friday 14 June is the school’s first ambassador visit for the program.
The Cowboys Try for 5! program is 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.
Friday’s Try for 5! visit coincides with Woree State School’s dedicated day to address bullying through its “Be Kind” theme, taking a stand against cyberbullying through social media in 2019.
The Cowboys will be delivering their first Try for 5! messages to the students on assembly, as well as helping the school to celebrate kindness with ‘kindness passes’.
Thompson, a former Cowboys NRL player, welcomed the opportunity to be working with the Woree State School community.
“It’s great to be undertaking our first Try for 5! ambassador visit at Woree State School, who are one of three Cairns schools to have recently joined our program,” Thompson said.
“Try for 5! is a really fun and engaging program that reinforces the importance of attending school, ideally five days a week, to students and their families.
“The program is well-established in our participating Townsville schools and it’s great to be kicking off our program at Woree State School.”
Woree State School joins Cairns West State School and Balaclava State School as the first Cairns schools to sign up for the Try for 5! program, through support from the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Woree State School has also joined the Cowboys’ resilience and mental health program, The Resilience Project, in 2019.