House conquers Term 3

It’s been 21 weeks since a small group of NRL Cowboys House students last left their home communities after Easter, and they’re looking forward to a happy homecoming.

The House is gearing up to farewell all 104 students for the end-of-term break, putting the finishing touches on a term that reflected the ‘new normal’ during COVID-19.

While the majority were able to return home at the end of semester, a small contingent of students stayed on campus through the mid-year break, missing a reunion with their families in community to fulfill work experience commitments.

House General Manager Rochelle Jones said the focus in Term 3 has been on education, fun and keeping everything as normal as possible for the students.

“After a disrupted first semester, our students and education team have had their heads down to catch up on missed learning, which has been particularly important for our 17 graduating seniors,” Ms Jones said.

“Our partner schools have been amazing with their support and are to be commended for their efforts in a really challenging year.

“While restrictions have meant we’ve had to adjust the way we do some things at the House, we’ve tried to keep things fun with activities and workshops on weekends.

“Everyone is really looking forward to their break and we know our families will be thrilled to have them home.”

Term 3 highlights include:

  • Naming of 2020 House leaders – congratulations to Elianah Tabuai, Sanetta-Rose Nona, Ataya Pearson, Gary Tom, Josh Daniel and Tekelu Mene
  • House fun day, with amusements, a bucking bull and wood-fired pizza!
  • Touch football carnival, refereed by former Cowboys and House representatives Matt Bowen and Antonio Winterstein
  • Cultural dressmaking for events, as part of the House’s cultural program
  • Aaron Payne Cup championship for Kirwan Bears captain Clay George
  • Cowboys Challenge U15 championship for George Abednego, Elijah Joe, Brody Ah Kit, Tekelu Mene and Haley Pearson
  • Kicking off the weekly Deadly Choices program
  • Queensland Training Awards School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year regional finalist – Babetha Nona

Term 4 starts Tuesday 6 October and will be headlined by the annual NRL Cowboys House awards night on Tuesday 17 November, when the House will celebrate achievements for 2020 and farewell its largest graduate cohort to date.

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