SAFETY FIRST: Gayndah State School students Kaenen Cooper and Lacey Johnson showcasing the snake repellent that has been working so well for their school. Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times
SAFETY FIRST: Gayndah State School students Kaenen Cooper and Lacey Johnson showcasing the snake repellent that has been working so well for their school. Photo Adam McCleery/ Central and North Burnett Times Adam McCleery

School staff keeping students snake-smart

ST JOSEPH'S State School principal Ben Gray will continue to encourage snake safety after a dangerous snake slithered through the grounds during school hours.

When a baby red-bellied black was found on the school grounds last Friday, staff were quick to react and keep students out of danger.

"Generally it's not when students have been at school so we have been able to relocate them outside of school hours without having to worry about student safety," Mr Gray said.

"If it is during school hours and a risk to students we call someone with experience and the qualifications to take care of the situation."

Mr Gray and the St Joseph's staff use school assemblies to remind their students about snake awareness and safety.

"Making them aware of the sensible thing to do around a snake is really important," he said.

"Given that our many of our students live on properties they probably see snakes more than us but safety and awareness is always our policy."

Gayndah State School principal Ken Nichols said they had managed to avoid snakes on the grounds since the 2013 floods.

"After the 2013 floods was the last time we had any issue with snakes," Mr Nichols said.

"We bought some vibrating snake repellents and we haven't had any problems with snakes since then so I'd say they have worked out really well."

Mr Nichols also said most of the snakes seen in the past had been harmless.

"Another thing is our groundsman keeps the school ground clear of litter and blocks off areas underneath buildings," Mr Nichols said.

"If we do have a snake on grounds we let the kids know and we have a procedure in place to get experts to remove them."


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