This fascinating SEAT was cleverly designed by a group of Year 5 students of Matthew Pearce Public School in Baulkham Hills NSW. They learnt that children in Fiji don’t have many games to play so decided to decorate their SEAT as a checkerboard and provide the playing pieces in the secret compartment!
We started building SEAT as a mystery project. As we progressed throughout the year, we learnt more about SEAT’s significance and its philosophical value. One example of this is the butterfly effect, which is about how a small thing can make a big difference. With this idea in mind, we set out TO MAKE A PLAN TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
One of the messages our group chose was ‘EMBRACE’. We chose this because we think it’s important to embrace things in life rather than run away and hide from things, or be afraid of new opportunities. When we choose to embrace there is potential for greatness!
We painted a checkerboard for chess and checkers to allow kids in Fiji to have a chance to play these games because Mrs Fawcett told us they don’t have many games to play there. We did splatter paint on the base to make the SEAT look colourful and vibrant – this will cheer the kids up. We added aboriginal dot painting to symbolise the link between the Australian and Fijian cultures. We did thumbprints on the sides of the lid to show which way to twist the lid open.”