Com­mu­nity con­nect

The Advocate (Perth) - - #SNAPPERTH -

STU­DENTS at Swan Val­ley Angli­can Com­mu­nity School have given back to so­ci­ety by shar­ing an af­ter­noon with res­i­dents from the Pines and Her­mitage aged care homes in El­len­brook.

The Year 5 and 6 stu­dents, in­clud­ing life skills stu­dents, took part in the com­mu­nity ser­vice project over four days, invit­ing dif­fer­ent res­i­dents for af­ter­noon tea cooked, served by the stu­dents.

They also played games with the res­i­dent vis­i­tors.

The pro­gram, which has been run­ning over the past few years, en­cour­ages stu­dents to look at what they can do for the com­mu­nity.

Life Skills teacher Tracey McAl­lis­ter said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for kids to learn from an older gen­er­a­tion.

“A lot of stu­dents don’t have grand­par­ents and many of the peo­ple who have taken part said they don’t have grand­kids or their fam­i­lies don’t visit much, so it’s great for them to have that in­ter­ac­tion and learn from each other.”

Pam Bull, who has taken part in the pro­gram for the past three years, said she loved spend­ing the time with the stu­dents.

“The at­mos­phere is nice and all the kids are well be­haved – it’s a bit of fun,” she said.

As­so­ciate prin­ci­pal of ju­nior school Suzanne Ste­wart said the aim of the pro­gram was to teach stu­dents the value of ser­vice. The pro­gram helps stu­dents build con­nec­tions with the com­mu­nity, which is price­less, she said.

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