Two year three students from St Maria Goretti School are among 12 young people who will have their art work and safety messages displayed on a Government produced safety calendar to be distributed across 2017.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace Says the two, Cameron and Erin, won the Quad bike section with their art work from a field of 500 students who entered from across the State.
The Queensland Government’s farm safety calendar competition saw youngsters from across Queensland submit some truly outstanding entries, highlighting the importance of working and playing safely on the land.
The Minister says there were 498 entries from 43 schools in Queensland enter the competition.
Farmers and other workers on rural properties suffer one of the highest injury rates in Queensland, so we have to make sure people of all ages recognize the hazards on the land and how to avoid them.
“So we are getting in early, encouraging youngsters to think about safety. Winners this year have come from all grades – prep through to Year 6.” Minister Grace said.
The winning students not only get their work published in the 2017 calendar and help raise awareness of farm safety, they also receive a $250 voucher. Their school gets $500 as well.
Ms Grace said the primary school kids were encouraged to draw pictures illustrating one of six farm safety messages:
• using quad bikes safely
• preventing drowning in farm dams and water bodies
• being safe around electricity
• riding horses safely
• safely storing hazardous chemicals
• hazards around farm machinery.
“The overall standard of the drawings was amazing and the messages were right on point,” Ms Grace said.
The 12 winners are:
Quad bike safety
- Cameron, Grade 3, St Maria Goretti School
- Erin, Grade 3, St Maria Goretti School
- Keeley, Grade 6, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Warwick
- Imogen, Prep, Oakleigh State School
- Shazia Karen, Grade 2, Crawford State School
- Zara, Grade 1, Kingaroy State School
- Damien, Grade 5, Thornton State School
- Rochelle, Grade 1, Anakie State School
- Gabrielle, Grade 4, Cooyar State School
- Taylor, Grade 6, Tamrookum State School
- Jett, Grade 4, Thornton State School
- Meghan, Grade 6, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Warwick