This year the Year 8 students of Coreen School were handed the S.E.A.T Project from their friends in the senior school to continue the butterfly effect. The students gifted their decorated SEATs, along with books and a book crate on wheels that they fashioned, for the children of families that visit Blacktown Women’s & Girl’s Health Centre. The Year 8 students thought that the SEATs could provide a place for children to read and reflect whilst their mothers receive support from the centre, and even thought to gift fidget spinners hidden in the secret lids of the SEATs!
In 2016, the students of Coreen School Blacktown decided to gift their SEATs to “Angel House” orphanage in The Philippines after a heart-felt, local exhibition at Max Webber Library in Blacktown.
Here are their statement and stories from both teachers and students:
I saw a difference in how the students viewed themselves.”
Christian Avent – Coreen School Blacktown
The S.E.A.T Project provided the opportunity to deliver a cross-curricular program that focussed on Sustainability, Visual Arts and Literacy. The Project included themes of friendship and change and offered opportunities for students to work in teams and as individuals. It has given the students the opportunity to become more globally aware of the world around them and issues that affect others in the world.
Coreen School educates students with a diverse range of learning needs. Because of this, a highly differentiated program is required to cater for the specific learning needs of the students enrolled. The S.E.A.T Project allowed students with a variety of learning styles and needs to work together to problem solve, think creatively and critically. It allowed students to develop communication skills and it encouraged higher order thinking.”
John Williamson – Classroom Teacher, Coreen School, Blacktown
The important ideas I want to express about the S.E.A.T Project is that I want children to be happy through their emotional life.
I put flowers, a heart-warming poem and bright colours on my SEAT to make the children feel good.
The change for better that I hope happens is for children to have a happy home and a loving family.”
Brianna Ferguson – Year 8
I chose colours that I like and I want to share this with the children in the orphanage.
The way our exhibition can begin a butterfly effect is that if we can help, then maybe others will help too.
I want the children in the orphanage to be happy.”
Jacob Hesse – Year 9
They stand for…
I chose the colours red, blue, green, yellow, grey and purple grey
The change for better in our world that I hope happens is…
NO MORE POVERTY
NO MORE WARS
I still live in hope that the world will become a better, safer place for everyone.”
Jarryn Douglas – Year 7
I wanted to make something that would make kids happy again.
I hope our exhibition encourages other students to get involved.
I would like to see less kids living in poverty.”
Clinton Williams – Year 9
I built and decorated this SEAT for a child in an orphanage in The Philippines.”
Tanya Creed – Year 9