Residents and staff enjoyed a bonding day out together at Teen Ranch enjoying being in the outdoors.
Everyone enjoyed grooming the horse, it was lovely to see the smiles it brought out on the residents faces and watching the interaction between residents and the animals.
Staff had a wonderful time on the high swing as the residents looked on with laughter and disbelief at the height of the swing. Everyone enjoyed a tasty BBQ lunch cooked by the fabulous staff at Teen Ranch.
The afternoon was followed by Archery lessons, a few close bullseyes and lots of fun had by all. The day was completed with a staff volley ball match as the residents cheered along.
Jan enjoys grooming the horse
Staff playing a friendly game of volley ball with the residents cheering them on.
The enjoyment on Olive’s face says it all.
Claire was in her element having the opportunity to spend time with the horses
Here at Mary Mackillop we believe you are never to old to learn, so we decided to send eight residents back to school to experience how schools are run today compared to their own schooling experience, and the future technology.
Brenda Weiberle, Beulah Midson, Elaine Sampson, David Archer, Graham East, John Hurst, William Jooste, and Laura Stuckey all participated in the visit, and had the opportunity to take part in science, home economics, and computer classes with some of Magdalene’s Year 10 students.
We designed our school uniforms with the help of family members, to show our respect to the school rules.
Our morning at Magdalene Catholic High School commenced a with morning tea, a meeting with the principal (during which school rules were outlined) and absorbing the play ground and beautiful school grounds.
First up was science class, so off we went with some nerves, but also a lot of excitement. It had been up to 80 years since some of the residents had been in a class room. Science class commenced with theory and an interesting lecture on acids and alkalines, then off we went for the practical.
Technology class offered a glimpse into the future, and our residents sat in awe watching flying drones run by an iPad and creating 3D images.
One resident commented that it was ‘unbelievable.’
For Graham East, the computer class was of particular interest- his cousin was the founding father of computer science, Alan Turing. Alan Turing was responsible for solving Enigma, the code that Hitler used during WWII. Mr Archer stated he wished he could live another 100 years to be part of the future with technology.
Mr Archer stated he wished he could live another 100 years to be part of the future with technology.
We were treated to a beautiful lunch prepared by the Year 8 hospitality class. Graham shared grace and a prayer.
In music class (what talented students), residents were shown preparations of year 12 music exams. The band played, students sang and the noise level was raised with the drums.
The students of Magdalene displayed grace, patience and pride. At the end of each class the bell would sound. We moved from class room to class room being treated like royalty.
One resident stated that it was ‘The best day ever.’
On our return home residents shared their stories and were abuzz with the experience for days .
What a memorable day! Thank you to Magdalene Catholic High School for their kindness and hospitality.
Our Residents very focused on their science theory
The ladies of Werombi Court have been embracing the festive season, and working very hard recently to create some Christmas tea light jars. Because of their enthusiastic efforts, over 120 jars were decorated!
These jars will be used with tea lights to create a warm and festive environment within the Werombi Court facility over the Christmas period.
A big thank you to Gwen, Bev, Lorraine and Ivy for all their hard work!
Yesterday on the 12th December in the year 1885, Lord Robert Carrington began his tenure as the governor of NSW. Just three years later, our founder William H Paling would go on to donate his property ‘Grasmere’. This property, worth 20,000 pounds at the time, consisted of 450 acres of property, complete with stock, dairy, irrigation appliances, and two cottages. Ten thousand pounds was also dedicated to the people of NSW so that a hospital for Convalescents and Incurables may be established in Camden, which at the time was a thriving farming area. This hospital was named ‘Carrington,’ in honour of the Right. Hon. Lord Carrington.
On Wednesday 6th December our Community Care clients came together at Carrington’s Leisure and Recreation Centre to celebrate Christmas with our Community Care staff. A delicious lunch of turkey, ham and baked vegetables followed by a decadent dessert was served up by our Head Chef, Paul and his team. Our party goers were entertained by performances from the Elderslie High School band and choir and this was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Santa dropped in for photos and Christmas cheer and there was even a singalong where everyone joined in, singing such classics as Silent Night and Jingle Bells. Two of our attendees, Jo and Ruth, got up to thank the youngsters for their beautiful renditions of Christmas songs, old and new.
Thank you to Paul for the delicious lunch, the staff for all of their hard work, and Elderslie High School for coming out to share this wonderful occasion with our Community Care clients. On behalf of the Community Care team, we would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas, and best wishes for 2018.
The Elderslie High School Choir was thoroughly enjoyed by all!