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.

Poor school attendance has been linked to lower academic outcomes, early school leaving, substance abuse, poverty, unemployment and negative health outcomes.

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! is structured to:

• Reinforce a positive school culture
• Communicate high expectations of attendance
• Record and follow-up student absences and provide support where required


Aitkenvale State School
Aurukun State School
Ayr State School
Bwgcolman Community College
Cooktown State School
Currajong State School
Dunwich State School
Garbutt State School
Healy State School
Heatley State School
Kelso State School
Lockhart State School

Magnetic Island State School
Murgon State School
Rasmussen State School
St Michael’s Catholic College – Palm Island
Townsville West State School
Western Cape College – Mapoon
Western Cape College – Weipa
Vincent State School
Weir State School
Wulguru State School
Yarrabah State School


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