Murray’s Bridge State School winners Christabel Kelly, Emily Cox, Georgia Brown and Loretta Kelly.
Murray’s Bridge State School winners Christabel Kelly, Emily Cox, Georgia Brown and Loretta Kelly.

Farm life a winner for students

FIRST-hand farming experience could have given Murray’s Bridge State School students an edge in the 2010 Hermitage Research Station’s plant science competition.

The little school proved a big contender in the national contest winning overall first place in the preschool to seven years category.

Year 7 student Christabel Kelly put it succinctly: “It was a really good contest and yes, living in the country may have helped a little.”

More than 70 schools from across Australia entered the Hermitage competition, which aims to promote plant and science awareness.

Competition organiser Kerrie Rubie said entries from the Northern Territory and Tasmania meant for the first time every state in the country was represented in the annual contest.

Yet Southern Downs schools proved they could hold their own in the project. Christabel Kelly won the Joe Baker outstanding achievement award, while Pilton State School claimed first place in the years P-3 section and Killarney State School took home second prize in the years 9-10 category.

Pilton State School also finished in third place in the years 4-7 section.

Six local students received highly commended awards: Jacob Lawrence, Sarah Bourke and Joseph McCormack (Scots PGC College), Darcy Brady and Simeon Butler (Pilton) and Georgia Brown (Murray’s Bridge).



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