NRL Cowboys House is removing distance as a barrier to quality secondary education for Indigenous students from some of Australia's most remote and geographically disadvantaged communities.
Our House is a unique, culturally-safe boarding facility for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women attending partner schools in Townsville.
Our students are supported by dedicated teams in education, wellbeing, culture and career transitions in a holistic wraparound model of care.
Managed by the Cowboys Community Foundation, the charity arm of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, NRL Cowboys House is a joint initiative between the National Rugby League, North Queensland Cowboys, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government.
Celebrating the transition of our secondary students to further education, training or employment since 2017!
Our Boys and Girls Campus are a 'home away from home' during the school year for Year 7-12 students aged 12-18 years.
Our students represent remote communities from across North and Far North Queensland, including the Torres Strait Islands.
Our partner school communities are tireless in their care and commitment to helping our students to learn, grow and achieve.
Our team is dedicated to building a ‘best practice’ model for Indigenous student boarding facilities with a focus on improving historically poor retention and academic success rates for young Indigenous people through:
- Academic outcomes
- Fully-supported placement
- Health & wellbeing focus
- Recreation & community involvement
- Cultural education
- Family & community engagement
- Commitment to purpose & best practice
- Transitions focus – education for purpose
"They get you culturally" – NRL Cowboys House students Leland (Year 12, Cooktown) and Lakarna (Year 7, Yarrabah) reflect on their boarding experience, with gratitude for those who have supported them and their peers on the way.
Thank you to our valued partner family for their commitment and shared vision in helping to remove distance as a barrier to education and creating life-changing opportunities through education equity.