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Norwood Primary students win national rail safety comp

Two students, Kenneth Fuglsang and Abbie Brown, from year four at Norwood Primary School in Launceston have won first place in a national primary schools competition for the book they authored and illustrated about rail safety titled The Best Excursion Ever.

The students will today receive a special visit from their local Member, The Hon. Rosemary Armitage MLC, at 2.20pm, who will attend their school assembly to personally congratulate them on their achievements and award them with their published book and prizes.

“TrackSAFE Education ran a national primary schools competition which challenged Australian students to write and illustrate a picture book about a safe rail journey. The competition was a creative way for students to bring the important message of rail safety onto their radar and into the classroom,” said Bob Herbert, Chairman of the TrackSAFE Foundation.    

“We were delighted that the winners of this Australia-wide competition came from Launceston, especially when there are no commuter trains in Tasmania; these students obviously have a big picture view of the world. The students, Kenneth Fuglsang and Abbie Brown, have identified safe and mature behaviours around trains, tracks and level crossings. It’s a real highlight to see these clever students demonstrate their rail safety knowledge by skilfully weaving rail safety messages into a narrative piece with multiple characters. This book will empower its readers to improve their safety and the safety of others when near the rail network.

The Best Excursion Ever has been lodged with the Australian National Library along with the Launceston library and also been made into an eBook, available for download from the TrackSAFE Education website. On behalf of TrackSAFE Education I would like to congratulate the students for this enormous achievement and for being among Australia’s youngest published authors,” said Mr Herbert.  

About TrackSAFE Education

TrackSAFE Education is an initiative of the TrackSAFE Foundation, the program provides teachers with free learning resources to conduct engaging student-centred lessons within various Australian Curriculum learning areas with a train and track safety theme. It provides consistency in rail safety education throughout Australia. More info on TrackSAFE Education:

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