As part of the Year 9 Guardian programme, we engage in a variety of community interactions, fundraising, and participation. On Wednesday, the class travelled to Life Care Aged Care Facility, in Suffolk Park, to perform some songs and interact with the elderly residents.
Year 9 entered the Suffolk Park nursing home with big smiles ready to sing on Wednesday 27th May. I personally, had never visited an aged care facility, and interacted with the residents, so I was so excited to finally have this opportunity, and to bring some smiles to their faces.
We all gathered in a large lounge area, and sang four songs for them. We then had the opportunity to go out and meet some of the residents. For me, it was a big reality check, seeing some who could barley talk or would fall asleep midway through a conversation. Most of the residents were easy to communicate with, had big smiles, and were ready to share some of their life stories. I was really surprised at how open they were and it was obvious that they all really appreciated us coming in. I really enjoyed looking around on the bus ride home, and seeing so many happy faces and hearing funny stories. I would say that Year 9, myself included, would be keen to do this again!
When we got back to school, we participated in an art class where we made cards for the residents and wrote letters back to the residents. This was a lovely way to complete the experience.
Year 9 had a great day! We are really thankful for the nursing home for having us and to the teachers for making the day possible.