Wongan Hills District High School (DHS) students George Turvey, Jai Pollard and Aljon Apostol created a stand out painting entitled ‘Fire and Water Safety, it is in our Hands’ as part of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) NAIDOC Week Celebrations.
Schools across the State actively participated in making artworks depicting a fire safety message in the home or during the dry season, incorporating Indigenous art techniques in celebration of NAIDOC.
The creative project focussed on enabling young people to tell a story using images, to educate their peers, community and government.
George, Jai and Aljon said the key message they wanted to convey through their artwork was to be responsible.
“Everyone should take care with campfires and fires in the dry season and should also conserve precious water to be available for when fires occur,” said Jai.
Wongan Hills DHS Deputy Principal Lesa Simpson said the three students were eager to share vital learning and knowledge about preventing and preparing for fires.
“The boys worked hard to bring together knowledge learnt from fire safety lessons during their Emergency Services Cadet Corps (ESCC) activities to provide a strong community message,” she said.
DFES Strategic Volunteer Coordinator – Youth Programs Lynelle Fozard and Administration and Program Support Officer Caitlin Nicholson visited Wongan Hills DHS on Wednesday 14 June to present the school with T-shirts with their artwork printed on them.
Lynelle said the active participation of students across the State was heartening to see.
“It is really important to raise awareness about fire safety in the community. This creative project is not only a unique and engaging way of reinforcing important messages but a reflection of community culture and talent,” she said.
The T-shirts will be worn by members of the active Wongan Hills DHS ESCC Unit to continue to promote fire safety to the community.