COLOURING-IN CHAMPION: 8-year-old Codie Barnes shows off her NAIDOC medal and new bike helmet. Only 20 per state were awarded out of 100,000 entries. Kyogle Primary School principal Drew Green and mum Naomi are very proud of her efforts. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner
COLOURING-IN CHAMPION: 8-year-old Codie Barnes shows off her NAIDOC medal and new bike helmet. Only 20 per state were awarded out of 100,000 entries. Kyogle Primary School principal Drew Green and mum Naomi are very proud of her efforts. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner Samantha Elley

Codie rides high on win

LITTLE Codie Barnes, aged eight, didn't know when she entered a colouring-in competition that she would receive quite this much recognition.

The Year 2 Kyogle Public School student was one of more than 100,000 school children who entered a variety of competitions for this year's NAIDOC Week.

"Twenty children in each state are selected to win a medal," principal Drew Green said.

"The medal came in the mail last week and it is so heavy, I dropped it on my foot.

"We always work at promoting harmony between different cultures in the school, whether it be indigenous or European."

Codie also received a bike helmet in indigenous colours, which she planned to use as soon as she had a chance to ride her bike.

"I love riding my bike down the hill," she said.

The picture Codie coloured in was of two dolphins surrounded by an Aboriginal patterned border.

"I coloured the dolphins blue and then did a light blue for the sea," she said.

Mum Naomi said she was walking on cloud nine when she heard the news.

"It's an amazing achievement," she said.

"I am so proud of her and of her work, to stand out with all these other works."

The 2014 NAIDOC Weekly School Initiative Competitions are run by Koori Kids in association with the Department of Education.

Judges on the panel, who selected Codie's work from so many entries, included singer and television personality Casey Donovan.



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