Leitrim school crowned Farm Safe Schools champions!

St. Joseph’s National School in Killenummery has been crowned national winners in the Agri Aware Farm Safe School programme 2022.

This is a wonderful achievement considering 19,500 schoolchildren from over 450 schools across the country signed up for the programme.

Killenummery NS chose Farm Safety as the theme for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade, had farm safety speakers come into their school, visited a farm to spot potential dangers and created role play videos, which were showcased as part of their school blog.

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Martin Heydon was on hand at St. Joseph’s NS, Killenummery to present the the €2,000 prize to the winning school.

Speaking at the prize giving, Minister Martin Heydon TD said: “The pupils of St. Joseph’s National School are to be congratulated for their great effort and initiative in the projects they undertook to increase not only their own awareness of farm safety, but also to raise awareness in their homes and in their community. Through the Farm Safe Schools programme, we have been able to reach 19,500 pupils around the country in over 450 communities and they are now equipped to become champions for farm safety. This will make an important contribution in reducing the unacceptably high incidence rate of farm fatalities and serious injuries on Irish farms”.

Farm Safe Schools Coordinator and AgriKids founder, Alma Jordan explained what made the winners stand out from the crowd.

“St. Joseph’s really engaged with the materials and created their own lessons through play, they invited speakers, surveyed farmers and then took the message to their community by choosing farm safety as the theme for their St Patrick’s Day parade, winning best parade entry”.

Agri Aware Executive Director, Marcus O’Halloran expressed his delight to the national winners.