BIG WIN: Meat tray winners Rebecca Wieland (L) and Summer Knight with May Tan Tan (pig) and Lashae Cronau (cow).
BIG WIN: Meat tray winners Rebecca Wieland (L) and Summer Knight with May Tan Tan (pig) and Lashae Cronau (cow). Eliza Wheeler

Go to school for 10 days in a row? You could win a prize!

COULD this be the most Aussie school initiative ever?

A Maryborough school is handing out meat trays to students who show up for 10 school days in a row.

To improve school attendance rates, every Maryborough State High School student who achieves 100% attendance over 10 days goes into a fortnightly draw for a $15 voucher to spend snags, steak and bacon.

There are two prizes per fortnight, supported by community butcher The Butcher Shop in Tinana.

Students Rebecca Wieland and Summer Knight were the first kids to bring home the bacon.

Rebecca, grade 11, said she had never won a meat tray before.

"I was a little excited," Rebecca said.

"It's a little odd to win that for attendance, but I suppose it encourages parents especially.

"My dad was pretty psyched."

Summer, grade 8, said her mum would be pretty excited to find out her daughter was taking home a meat tray, just in time for the weekend.

"We'll probably have a big barbecue," Summer said.

School Principal Simon Done said the idea was thought of by a staff member, to further encourage students and parents to make an effort for attendance.

"We value the important contribution that all three partners make to the successful attendance of every student," Mr Done said.

"Students cannot achieve their best without physically being at school.

"Our initiative celebrates the vital role families play in motivating and rewarding students for their consistent attendance."

The draws will continue every fortnight, with a major draw at the close of each school term.

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