The Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP) is an initiative of Timboon P–12 School and WestVic Dairy to link the school more closely to the community and to integrate agriculture into the school curriculum.
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TAP into Farm Safety is an innovative program for year five students to build awareness of health and safety in agriculture, and to underpin their learning with real-world experiences. The aim of the program is not only to educate the students, but to empower them to take their knowledge home to their own farms and communities.
The program uses industry personnel to deliver messages that are far more real than those delivered by parents and teachers. The program is a truly collaborative effort and involves initiatives like a local vet emphasising safe animal handling practices, Community Emergency Response Team members demonstrating basic first aid principles, and farmers explaining safety risks on farms and how they are best managed.
Children are often over-represented in farm-based incidents, and the TAP program can have far-reaching and long-term benefits for both students and the school community.