Cowboys' class time

PROSERPINE State School students chatted with North Queensland Cowboys players through an innovative online education program over the past few weeks.

Cowboys' second rower Scott Bolton, who chatted online with students from Proserpine State School, believes the new initiative is great for the students.

“It's good to talk to the kids out at the places we can't often get to,” he said.

“The program really encourages participation and fun and the tasks set are about learning through real-life examples.

“That's a winning combination.”

During the session, students asked the Cowboys representative questions such as “What do you eat before a game?”, “How do you make new team players feel included?”, “How many hours per week do you train?” and “What sort of training do you do?”

The Cowboys in the Classroom initiative gives students in regional areas the opportunity to learn about teamwork and healthy lifestyle choices and to have regular online interaction with Cowboys players.

The initiative is a three-way partnership between the Cowboys, Education Queensland and BHP Billiton Cannington.

It has doubled in size since it was first delivered last year.

More than 1500 students in Years 5-7 in schools across Mackay, Whitsunday, North Queensland and Far North Queensland are participating this year.

The program is run through Education Queensland's Smart Classrooms eLearn platform, a virtual classroom.

Students complete tasks in five different modules, each focusing on a different element of teamwork, healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

Cowboys Community Relations Manager Fiona Pelling said the program was a big hit with the schools and students involved.

“Education Queensland's platform opens the door for contact between the players and the regional and remote schools and we're having great fun, as well as learning a lot,” she said.

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