The students of Year 5N from Matthew Pearce Primary School in Baulkham Hills have begun their S.E.A.T initiative. They will reflect on resilience, tolerance and discover through wise decision making how they can be positive influencers.
Their Chaplain, Megan Harris is kindly reporting the whole process as the Year 5 students move through lessons on social responsibility, their own gifts and talents and community engagement……
THE SEAT BUILD
The first lesson involved the students breaking up into groups of 3-4 and being introduced to the program. Once the students received their boxes they were faced with the challenging task of working out what they were building and how they were building it.
Considering the pieces were all hand made in a factory in Vietnam, not everything measured up perfectly. This caused a bit of frustration at times but it was great to see the students work as teams and troubleshoot in order to solve their problems.
At times there were teams who managed to put 3 legs on, only to realise that the forth leg didn’t fit in the last space so all legs needed to be removed and they had to start again!
The resilience shown and the determination to have this task completed was evident in the groups and we were very proud of their efforts.
The S.E.A.T Project is a great way for our students to work collaboratively and get hands-on with their learning. We look forward to the upcoming stages of this project and how we can be global contributors to the butterfly effect.
We have now looked behind the scenes at the SEATs we have built and found out a little bit more about where SEAT comes from and how he views himself. We read the book: “SEAT: The little stool that could” and it revealed to us that SEAT is manufactured in a sustainable factory in Thanh Hoa, 4 hours south of Hanoi, Vietnam. He doesn’t feel like he is anyone special, after all he is not like an office chair, he isn’t fancy with wheels or arm rests, he is really just a timber stool. However his friend the butterfly asks him to look beyond just his appearance and look at the contributions he makes to his world just by being here
SEAT’s friend, BEA the butterfly, reveals the “butterfly effect” his life has on others. They say that the flutter of a butterfly’s wings on one side of the world can trigger a hurricane on the other side of the planet. Through the S.E.A.T Project, we are realizing that a small stool built in Vietnam can trigger a hurricane of good all over Australia and hopefully, the world. Through the story the students are learning that SEAT could stand for something more.
We took some time to look into the lives of the creator of SEAT, Niki Banados a young university design student, as well as the author and illustrator and investigated how the story of SEAT mirrored some of the aspects in the lives of these people.
It has been very exciting to watch the students learn and discover that each one of our lives has a significant purpose simply because we are here. Can’t wait for our next lesson!
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT – Wise Decisions
The last 2 weeks has seen the students explore the needs in our world which they have been exposed to and collaborate to make a decision on how they too can make an impact through the butterfly effect.
Our thought has been: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
The students have had to consider how their SEATs could make a difference in the lives of different people groups in our world. We talked about current situations that we knew about, such as the drought in our own land and literacy rates in India, and we also explored other needs that were presented to us by some guest speakers. We had a special visit from Mrs Fawcett who showed us some pictures from her holiday to Fiji last year where she visited a local school, and the class where able to consider what it would be like going to a school without access to technology.
The students then gathered in groups to discuss what their SEATs could achieve, where they could make a difference, and how this was going to happen. It was remarkable to see the ideas they came up with.
More than this, it was also inspiring that when all the ideas were listed, even though they varied greatly, together as a team they were able to narrow their ideas down to 2 final ideas which they all agreed upon. The students have come such a long way since they first unpacked their pieces back in Term 2!
5N are now writing letters to gain support from people in the community to help them with their vision. They are also coming up with ideas on how to decorate their SEATs and prepare them for their next adventure…..
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT – Positive Action
Last week the students in 5N began writing some letters to people in our community asking for help to bring their butterfly effect idea into a reality. The students have recognised through our partnership with Trundle School, their own research and the stories of other people’s experiences, that many schools around our world don’t have access to the basic necessities and luxuries that we enjoy every day. Because of this, the students decided collaboratively that they wanted to impact a couple of schools with SEAT and provide them with basic necessities. One of the letters they wrote was to Faber-Castell asking if they were prepared to help us by providing school supplies to place into our SEAT compartments. They did this gladly and a representative from Faber-Castell brought bags of school supplies to our classroom and came to hear our story of what we had learnt and what prompted us to write to them and ask for help. They were so happy to be involved in our project by contributing in this way and loved seeing students seeking donations not for themselves but for others they are aware of who are less fortunate.
Yesterday we began preparations by undercoating our SEATs for our painting designs which we will finish off next term. We are very excited to see the end result and to disply them for our school community. We still await replys to our letters for shipping sponsorship so that our SEATs can reach their desired destination, and we look forward to sharing this with our community next term.