Each year, the Connections Program for Year 9 students includes a unit focusing on Community service. Whilst volunteer placements were unable to go ahead this year due to lockdown, students were still able to make a beneficial contribution to the community.
Students spent time painting canvases of images that they thought would bring joy to elderly residents at the aged care facility Condare Court in Camberwell. Many students also wrote letters, decorated the envelopes and added special presents such as origami, embroidery, and different types of crafts to the gift of the canvas.
‘The letters to the elderly buddies at an aged care centre really was a highlight of the Connections Program for me. I really enjoyed painting the canvases on campus and then writing letters about ourselves. I also gained perspective of how I can influence someone’s day, just by doing small little things like writing a letter or painting a picture.’
Alex, Year 9.
The residents were so overwhelmed by the gifts that many decided to do something in return as they felt the students had also had a hard year. In their weekly craft sessions, they too worked on art pieces that they will gift to our students.
‘It has been just delightful to have students in the community think of them during the challenging year they have all had.’
Condare Court Aged Care Worker