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League Legend Johnathan Thurston to Inspire Isa Students

With the ongoing rise of social media and prevalence of cyberbullying, Mount Isa City Council is taking a stand by introducing a unique program to the city’s schools this month.


Council have facilitated bringing Rugby league and State of Origin legend Johnathan Thurston to Mount Isa with his JT Academy during Rodeo Week, where they will present workshops to students from Good Shepherd Catholic College, Spinifex State College Junior and Residential campuses, and the Mount Isa Flexible Learning Centre.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said valuable lessons will be shared by the JT Academy to 160 students at Spinifex Junior campus, including 20 Indigenous leaders, 118 Year 8 and Year 9 students at Good Shepherd Catholic College, and 25 Flexible Learning Centre students.


“We’re all aware of cyberbullying and the devastating effects, but are we actually doing enough to prevent it and educate our youth?” Cr McCulloch said.


“It is even more important in a remote city such as Mount Isa that we talk about these issues so we can increase awareness of appropriate actions that this community can take and the support available, particularly for parents.”


The workshops will focus on self-confidence, courage, self-belief, wellbeing and mental health.


They will also include anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying messages and will feature videos with JT, linking his personal experiences to the messages, and will be delivered by his JT Academy team members.


JT will also attend the Community Zone of the Isa Street Festival on August 7 between 5pm and 6pm, and between 7pm and 8pm, for photo opportunities with fans and members of the public and travel in the Street Parade.


The Community Zone will also feature stalls by Young People Ahead, Gidgee Healing, and Headspace as well as free jumping castles and inflatable slides.


JT fans are encouraged to enter the competition to win a signed State of Origin JT jersey, which is currently available through Council’s Facebook competition, with the winner being drawn on the morning of the festival and contacted in advance, to ensure they will be at the festival that night to receive the jersey from JT in person.