Farm safety through the eyes of Jambin's 'Miss August'
THE work of a Jambin State School student will feature in the 2019 edition of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's farm safety calendar.
Talented Year 2 pupil Charlotte Dennis was selected as one of 12 winners of a state-wide drawing competition that attracted more than 1800 entries, smashing the previous best of 700.
While winning schools received $500, each of the 12 successful artists took home a $250 voucher and Charlotte knows exactly how she'll spend hers.
"I'll probably go to the shops,” she said.
"Dad thinks I should put it all in my bank, maybe I'll put some in the bank and save it.
"I was so excited (when I found out I had won). I think I'm pretty lucky - I love my school.
"On the farm you must work safely, you need to wear safety gear, like boots, gloves, ear and eye protection.
"Some animals can be dangerous, they can kick or bite you if they're not trained, you need to be thinking of your safety as well as others, to keep safe,” she said.
The calendar shines a light on farm safety through the eyes and hands of young Queenslanders and raises awareness of the hazards on rural properties.
Education and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the initiative helped promote an important message for children living in the bush.
"Tragically around 20 children are killed on farms in Australia every year, with many more hospitalised,” Ms Grace said.
"The calendar competition is an engaging and informative way to get our future farmers thinking about the extra care needed around the farm.
"This year we opened the drawing competition to all primary schools and we received a record number of nominations.
"With so many entries, the judges had a really tough time picking 12 winners.
"I am amazed with the quantity and quality, there were so many colourful drawings and heartfelt safety messages.”
Themes included bikes and machinery, animal handling, sun safety and healthy lifestyle, kids on the land and general safety. About 20,000 copies of the calendar will be distributed around the state.
Charlotte's mother, Sara Dennis, said the whole family - including dad, Jon, and siblings Samuel and Matilda - were extremely proud she had been selected as 'Miss August'.
"It is truly wonderful that our school was given the opportunity to enter this competition,” Mrs Dennis said.
"Charlotte has done herself, her family, her school and community proud.”