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NRL Cowboys House is keeping students and families connected during the senior school years with more than 30 parents travelling from community for the popular senior parent information sessions, now in their second year.

The two-day sessions are an opportunity for parents to travel from their remote North Queensland homes to meet face-to-face with the NRL Cowboys House education and transitions teams, sharing the students’ success and helping set them on a path to achieving their goals and ambitions.

Focused group sessions hosted by House staff introduced parents to the numerous and varied education pathways, supplying detailed information around QCE, ATAR and VET outcomes, and answering any questions or concerns surrounding each option.

Attending the sessions were external stakeholders including the Department of Housing, Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways Project and the James Cook University Indigenous Education and Research Centre to introduce families to key services and organisations to support their students during and after high school.

NRL Cowboys House Education Manager Sam Smorfitt said the event plays an important role in keeping parents updated with the progress of their students, while also explaining how House staff can work with them to support their child’s needs.

“This two-day event is an important opportunity for parents to sit down with their young person and have one-on-one meetings with House staff to ensure they’re on the path to success,” she said.

“We’ve worked with our partner schools to make sure we can deliver progress reports using feedback direct from schools and help to plan and map out each student’s future based on individual needs and ambitions.

“The end result is that we can give parents a clear and thorough indication of how their son or daughter is travelling and provide them with the best and clearest pathway option for them.

“It’s important that families and parents stay connected with us and their kids throughout their senior school years, to ensure the best education outcome for each individual.”

Following the group sessions, parents sat down with their child’s individual case managing teacher teachers and case managing transitions officer for one-on-one meetings.

Tours and meetings at House partner schools were organised for parents who have not had the opportunity to visit the high schools their children have been attending in Townsville.

The sessions remove the barrier of distance to accessing quality education for both students and parents who are able to participate closely in the direction and outcome of their child’s education, and forms part of the House’s wraparound care.

A special dinner also allowed families travelling from communities to connect with other parents in a social and relaxed environment.

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