Carrington’s award winning partnership with Magdalene Catholic High School was celebrated at the annual ‘Through Our Eyes’ presentation on Tuesday 8th August 2017.
This year nineteen Year 11 students spent three months meeting with nine residents from across all Carrington residential care facilities encouraging the residents to share their stories and memories as part of the ‘Through Our Eyes’ project.
Students collated the information they had gathered from their conversations with residents and presented it back to the residents and their families and friends as a memento for them to keep.
The audience of residents, family, friends, students, teachers of Magdalene Catholic High School and staff of Carrington enjoyed a short video presentation that students had developed as part of their project on each of the residents Some of the feedback received included:
‘I just feel blessed that I was able to experience little bits of life, that hopefully I’ll never have to experience myself, but Maureen’s been strong enough to live through.’ Maddison Saysonavongpheth – student from Magdalene Catholic High School.
‘The program affirmed for us and for my dad that his life story and experience is valued by someone outside the immediate family. It provided him with a rewarding link with the younger generation.’ Julie Vanderburg – daughter of resident Phil Scarlett.
Special thanks to Shareen Borg, Head Teacher, Magdalene Catholic High School for the ongoing commitment to the success of this wonderful program.
The ‘Through Our Eyes’ program has been operating for seven years and was the winner of the 2016 National Aged Care Quality Pastoral and Spiritual Care Practice Award, presented by Meaningful Ageing Australia.