The Lonely Classroom

By Choloe Jamlal

Breeze blows right across the room. The fans spin in a clockwise direction with a swish, swish sound. A desk feels rough with gravity all over and the chair feels comfortable to lean on. Pens are so inky just suitable to write on a clean page of an exercise book.

Classroom is so noisy when students chit-chat all period. It’s really hard to concentrate but when the teacher comes, the place seems quiet. The presence of the teacher provides a noise less environment to study. At last, the ears hear only the wind and the mind focus in reading.

The sun shines through the door and windows. The area outside is so brown on the ground. The classroom walls are green and the environment at the back of the classroom is more greenish. The trees provides shade over the tyres of the drive way, every recess and lunch hour. When the bell rings, there would be footsteps and voices everywhere. That is the only time to meet friends.

There would be study period every afternoon, sitting inside the classroom flipping through pages of every exercise book, reading and noting main points. It seems so quiet but from a silence the principal pages home time. Pack all books and stationeries inside the bag and put all chairs over the desks. The duty monitors sweep the whole room, then switch off the lights and turn-off the fans. When the doors shuts, the classroom is lonely and empty!

*Choloe is from Sandaun province and she’s in grade 8 (Purple).

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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