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IN the first year of primary school, the children lay the foundation for the rest of their schooling and for their lives, and it all starts with a desk.
Students are given a desk on Desk Day, which was held recently, that will follow them on their school journey to class 6.
Their desk is their property, their work station and their place of comfort and safety.
It is their first sense of responsibility in primary school.
They learn to take care of their desk – any damage on it is fixed by them.
They learn the value in caring and taking responsibility for things that they will ultimately pass on to the next generation.
Once they finish primary school, they give their desk to the new class 1s and the cycle continues.
The desk is also a place of safety.
When a child is sad, they will put their head on their desk; when they are upset, they will hide under their desk; and when they are excited they want to stand or jump on their desks.
In today’s world of instant gratification and planned obsolescence, it is more important than ever that children not only learn about sustainability but are shown how to live it; their desk is the first step in this journey.
BUILDERS: Scarlett D’Arcy and Celeste Dennehy were just two of the preps at Mansfield Steiner School who built their desks recently.