Class 5 children recently visited, sang songs and recited poems with the residents of St. Paul’s Nursing home, as they have done once a year for the last five years.
Class 5 children recently visited, sang songs and recited poems with the residents of St. Paul’s Nursing home, as they have done once a year for the last five years. This year one of the residents, Margaret, sent us an extensive Australian poem about cricket called, How McDougall Topped the Score, by Thomas Spencer, that she had learnt when she was the same age as the Class 5 children. It was first published in 1906. The children learnt the poem and gave an enthusiastic and passionate rendition for the residents. What a privilege it was to be part of such an exchange of poetry over the generations. At the end of our recital, we sang Waltzing Matilda with the residents. In previous years, we've sung other songs together.
Two children, Luke Shannonhouse and Ella Sevior, gave impromptu, heartfelt speeches, saying how much they enjoyed the visits and all the children then gave cards to the residents, which they had made. The children exchanged stories about hobbies, craft and interests in general, building on the rapport and friendships they have established over the years.
These visits have been co-ordinated through the dedicated work of Anita Spragg, who works at the Nursing Home and was a former Glenaeon parent. Anita has accompanied our visits by playing her ukulele, singing and sharing stories, and I am indebted to her inspiration and enthusiasm for helping to make these visits so moving and so memorable.
Lynne Collett, Class 5 Teacher