Belonging

The first kitchen class at a small public school south west of Brisbane was an exciting time for the 20 students, their kitchen specialist, helpers and Principal. The gardens yielded some spring onions, parsley and cherry tomatoes, perhaps the easiest and most versatile vegetables for a young garden to grow.

The children diligently practiced their knife handling skills to create a salad and made a busy floury mess to produce bread rolls. Tables were placed end to end to create a long table, tablecloths, vases of flowers, cutlery, crockery and glassware were set and with the aroma of freshly baked bread finally the food was ready to serve. 

Excited children found their place with the adults interspersed, the food was placed on the tables in small serving bowls and they all sat and admired their efforts. The little boy sitting next to the Principal looked up and down the long table before turning to exclaim, "oh Mrs Hoskins, this must be what it's like to have a big happy family". For Mrs Hoskins the long hours of hard work to establish the kitchen and garden were worth every second just to hear that comment and know that boy felt that he belonged at school.