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
Staff from Grasmere Terrace dressed to impress for Halloween this year, with devils, witches, pumpkins, bats and even Little Red Riding Hood joining the residents at their activities throughout the day.
Hearing the reactions and laughter from the residents as they tried to figure out who was under each costume was a particular highlight.
Halloween themed activities were provided for residents in the afternoon. Some of these included pin the stalk on the pumpkin, and ping pong throwing to win prizes.
The day was rounded out with some drinks and snacks, while staff read out some funny Halloween jokes as entertainment.
Every Tuesday morning, the residents of Werombi Court participate in the newly designed Circuit Class. This aims to provide individualised exercise programs based on each residents needs. This person-centred approach ensures that goals are achieved through a fun and encouraging environment.
Pictured here are some of our residents working very hard. The morning typically starts off with some warm up group exercises. Each resident is then assigned a ‘workout station’ and rotate every 5 minutes. Some of these stations include the exercise bike, ‘pull downs’, arm cycling and balance challenges.
With a great session of strengthening and working hard, the residents enjoy some cool down exercises. Afterwards they are treated to a well deserved cup of juice and morning tea.
Recently on a beautiful sunny afternoon in October, residents enjoyed celebrating Oktoberfest with a German themed happy hour. Nibbles and items from Germany were featured, and residents sung along to German tunes. Residents had a great afternoon chatting and sharing a beer.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair) Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October.
Barbara Hurst and Elvis Smee having a drink together
John has been a South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter for 82 years. At the age of 91 years old he has never had the opportunity to meet the team before.
Luckily, a family member of one of our staff works for Fujitsu General Australia, who is a major sponsor of the Rabbitohs. As the football season drew to a close for the year, the team would often attend functions for fundraising purposes. One such function was with the Fujitsu Group, who held a BBQ lunch with the team, staff, and families at the Fujitsu head office at Eastern Creek.
Once this opportunity presented itself, we worked with the family member to include John on the invitation to the BBQ. Fujitsu were kind enough to agree to this request, and were very happy for John to attend. Julie Barry, the Care Service Manager at Mary Mackillop, asked John to join her for a few hours on the day of the BBQ for an outing. She asked him if he would like to meet the Rabbitohs team. John undoubtedly thought that she mucking around but once she produced the invitation he was very excited.
The whole Rabbitoh’s team were at the BBQ, which was a dream come true for John. He had lunch with Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis, and spent the afternoon meeting the rest of the team, who willingly posed for pictures with John, signed his hat, and talked to him about the team- a few of them were in disbelief about just how long John had been supporting them!
A major highlight of the day was the team photo (which John was asked to join), and the presentation of an autographed playing ball for John to keep as a memento.
We would like to extend a big thank you to Fujitsu Australia for allowing us to attend, and the Rabbitohs players for the support and kindness shown towards John on the day. It was wonderful to see his dream come true.
You can check out John on the official South Sydney Website where he is featured in many photos that were taken on that day.
John was so happy about his day out that he presented a talk about his experience to the other Mary Mackillop residents during the monthly Resident Meeting.
John Being asked to have photo with Rabbitohs team
John and Grace get a chance to meet Sam Burgess and get a photo with their favourite player
John heading out with Julie and Grace to meet the Rabbitohs day
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August is the perfect time for Daffodils! On August 25th, staff, residents and families were given the opportunity to support the Cancer Council through celebrating Daffodil Day. One of our staff grew some Daffodils, which was given to these ladies to bunch up and sell.
Pictured here is Betty and June, our green thumbs of Rose House. Betty and June have spent many years gardening and did a marvelous job at dividing bunches and tying string around them.
George was given the trusty job of heading up to Carrington House to sell the bunches of Daffodils. He did a marvelous job, selling every single bunch! He tells us that it must be his charm and good looks…
Thank you for supporting the Cancer Council this Daffodil Day. Merchandise is still for sale in Main Administration with Sandra. You are also able to order fresh cut bunches of Daffodils from the Leisure and Lifestyle Team at Werombi Court. Pop on in and come and say hi!
The Residents with dementia are engaging in a meaningful activity that stimulates their senses,
It encourages reminiscence about past experiences with flowers such as receiving flowers , wedding bouquets , Gardening and picking flowers for arrangements in their own homes .
We have many residents who were florists and like to share tips with other residents like putting lemonade in a vase of flowers that are looking wilted to freshen them up and placing stems at different angles to form a nice bouquet of flowers .