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!