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Mansfield Courier - - News - By MICHAEL BRIT­TAIN

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.

PHOTO: Sam Rouget

BUILDERS: Scar­lett D’Arcy and Ce­leste Den­nehy were just two of the preps at Mans­field Steiner School who built their desks re­cently.

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