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.