Cross generation connections

Newham Primary school students at Bupa Aged Care in Woodend (supplied).

Newham Primary school students are crossing generations this year, with students set to continue their visits to Bupa Aged Care in Woodend following a successful first visit.

Students kicked off their first visit on March 4, with 10 students from year 4,5 and 6, spending a few hours with the residents and completing activities like word games.

Teacher Rai Jones said it was a really positive and fun experience for all the students involved.

“The residents and students did word games together, and there was some opportunity to chat with the residents,” she said.

“I know some of my students really enjoyed starting to form some connections.”

Newham student Audrey, 11, agreed that it was a fun experience and she said enjoyed who she got to sit next to.

“I met someone who was really nice, really encouraging and really interested in getting to know me. She also told me good job when I got the answer correct,” she said.

Ms Jones said activities like these are important for students to form intergenerational connections, and appreciate older community members.

“We’re looking forward to really building up the relationship with the centre and being able to have deeper connections over time.

“All of my students want to return and I think the residents are keen to get us back. I think the next plan is for carpet bowls.”

Zoe Moffatt