Kialla Central Primary School wins farm safety competition

By Country News

Kialla Central Primary School won $1000 as part of Dairy Australia's Farm Safety Program, which ran in 24 schools across Australia.

School captain Angus Kerr, 11, said he learnt a lot of lessons on safety.

“The protection of helmets is important when using machinery,” he said.

The program was intended to educate upper primary school students and their families about farm safety.

The students participated in a variety of activities, including online modules about people, animals and machinery on farms.

Schools that participated in the program had the option to enter the A-Z Farm Safety Guide competition, where students identified risks on farms and provided solutions.

The guide book created by Kialla Central was developed in pairs of Year 3 to 6 students , who identified farm safety issues relating to each letter of the alphabet.

Kialla Central Primary School teacher Deanne Moulsdale said it was quite a bit of work.

“I'm really proud of the effort they put in and the quality of the finished product,” she said.

“The underlying thing is that it's an important initiative to take the lessons back and share what they've learnt with their families.”

The students said their favourite aspect of the program was taking images depicting how to be safe on farms in front of a green screen with different props and backdrops.

Ms Moulsdale said the next big decision was what to do with the $1000 prize.

“We'd like to have it student-based since it was their work.

“We're asking the kids what they want out of suggestions such as new equipment and incursions.”