Tiffany Jie and Sophia Brown are on the way to improving rail safety.
The year 5 pupils from Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School in Greystanes won a national primary schools competition for a book they wrote and illustrated. The TrackSAFE Education competition aimed to build a rail safety culture that children could incorporate into their daily lives.
Titled Let’s Teach Joe about Safety, Tiffany and Sophia’s winning entry covered a number of rail safety messages, from pram safety on platforms to safety rules on board the train.
“I liked doing this competition because it helped educate younger children about how to be safe around trains,” Sophia said.
Tiffany added: “The book is written by students for other students, so I think it might help them to understand about safety better. I had fun working in a team.”
Teacher Rebecca Clancy said the pair felt a strong sense of purpose. “I was so proud to see Sophia and Tiffany undertake their own investigations and research to help form their ideas into a creative story,” she said.
Let’s Teach Joe About Safety has been lodged with the Australian National Library along with Greystanes Library. It has also been made into an eBook, which can be downloaded from tracksafeeducation.com.au.
“This book will empower its readers to improve their safety and the safety of others when near the rail network,” TrackSAFE Foundation chairman Bob Herbert said.