Youngsters draw on safety lessons to win competition
KINGAROY'S youngest farm safety advocates will be teaching other Queensland children with their farm safety messages.
St John's Lutheran School's 1W class were thrilled two of their students won the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's Farm Safety Calendar competition.
Braxton Bartlett's water safety drawing will feature on the calendar's January page, and Annabelle Rose Stevens' animal safety picture will be on the March page.
Braxton said he was excited and happy to win the competition and show other children how to be safe.
"You can stay clear of floodwater, because there can be broken barbed wire and bits of broken glass in it,” he said.
Annabelle's picture aims to show students how to be safe around animals.
"Sometimes they are trying to protect their babies,” she said.
Her family and school teacher, were excited about the win.
"They thought that was great and exciting, they kept asking me what I was going to spend my money on, but I haven't decided yet,” Annabelle said.
Teacher Julie Woolf said the whole class entered in the competition and had a really great session learning about the importance of being safe on farms.
"They have to make those safe decisions as many live on farms,” she said.
Many of the students put their lessons into action after the severe storms last week, by staying calm, keeping a cool head and making strong decisions calmly.
"Some of the kids went home and remembered some of those safety things in the recent storm and were watching out for dangers,” Mrs Woolf said.
One of her student's property was significantly damaged in the storm, and he told his teacher how he was watched out for signs of electricity, dangerous trees and stayed away from the working machinery.
"It makes you proud that they are listening,” she said.
About 20 children are killed on farms in Australia every year, and many more are hospitalised.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace praised the winners whose art was chosen from more than 1800 entries in the annual competition.
"This year we opened the drawing competition to all primary schools and we received a record number of nominations, shattering the previous best of 700,” Ms Grace said.
"I am amazed with the quantity and quality. There were so many colourful drawings and heartfelt safety messages.”
The Farm Safety Calendar highlights important messages about working and playing safely on the land.
"The 12 successful artists not only got their works published in the 2019 calendar, they received a $250 voucher each, while their school gets $500,” Ms Grace said.