Banksmeadow students’ rap earns rave safety review

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Banksmeadow Public School Assistant Principal Brendan Murphy, competition winners Holly Hamilton and Emily Reid and Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross

A dynamic duo from Banksmeadow Public School has wowed the judges to take out top spot in Ausgrid’s 2019 Electricity Safety Week video competition.

Students in Years 3 to 6 across Ausgrid’s network were invited to create a video sharing key electricity safety messages.

Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross visited Banksmeadow Public School to present a cheque for $1,000 to the video competition winners Holly Hamilton (Year 5) and Emily Reid (Year 6).

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Competition winners Holly Hamilton and Emily Reid

“Keeping the community safe is our number one priority at Ausgrid and it is crucial that people of all ages understand just how dangerous electricity can be,” Mr Gross said.

“The judging panel was very impressed by Holly and Emily’s video ‘Rap About Zap’ which turned important safety tips into a catchy rap song and in terms of creativity and meeting the brief it ticked all the boxes.

“I’d like to congratulate Holly and Emily on a job well done and for their work to share our safety messages to help prevent electrical accidents at home.

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“Knowing how to avoid electric shocks could prove to be life-saving and it’s never too early to learn how to stay safe around electricity and their video helps communicate that message clearly and in a fun way.”

Banksmeadow Public School Assistant Principal Brendan Murphy also congratulated the girls.

“We are all incredibly proud of Holly and Emily’s achievement. They were able to use skills taught at school to be creative and innovative, stepping beyond the classroom to bring their understanding of safety around electricity to life on film,” he said.

“They’re both humbled to have won and love the fact that they’ve been able to share their knowledge with others.”

Watch the rap about zap below.

The video competition was run as part of Electricity Safety Week, which ran in NSW schools in early September.

789 primary schools in the Ausgrid network took part in this year’s event, which included hands on classroom lessons on safety and presentations from Ausgrid volunteers.

Ausgrid’s top electricity safety tips for children include:

  • If you see a dangerous electrical situation, tell an adult.
  • Keep water away from electrical appliances and power cords.
  • Play in open spaces away from electricity poles, towers and powerlines.
  • Stay away from electricity substations and power equipment.
  • Never put a metal object in a toaster or powerpoint.