Year 4 – Service Learning
As a part of the school’s Service Learning endeavours, Year 4 have spent time with the residents of The Lourdes Retirement Village in Stanhope Road, Killara.
It was a wonderful time spent between the generations, singing songs and enjoying each other’s company. It was so heartwarming to see the joy on both the boys’ and the residents’ faces as they sat beside each other to share a rare moment to stop and experience something new.
As the boys reluctantly left the facility at the end of the day, the enthusiasm with which they expressed their desire to return was inspirational. Some said they didn’t want to leave. As we’ve since discovered, these sentiments were also felt by the Lourdes’ residents.
It is also important to express the feelings of joy and happiness felt by both Mrs South and myself who accompanied the boys on the day and sang with great gusto. Both teachers have personal stories that resonate with the elderly, whether it be through family or friends. The fact that we were able to offer such a pleasant break in the day, was very satisfying.
We are planning another visit to see our new friends at Lourdes on 29 November. On that occasion, we shall be bringing our brass and wind instruments to play some tunes for the residents. We are hoping that this new relationship between Newington Lindfield and Lourdes will last and continue to grow in the years to come.
Such a positive experience has a tremendous impact on both the Year 4 students and the residents of Lourdes Retirement Village. We can’t wait to visit them again and share more happy times together.
Simon Edwards – Year 4 Teacher