Lesson of love for seniors

2016-09-20 06:00
The Grade 5s of Wesley Practising School in Salt River enjoy showing some love to the seniors at Arcadia Place in Mowbray. PHOTO: gary van dyk

The Grade 5s of Wesley Practising School in Salt River enjoy showing some love to the seniors at Arcadia Place in Mowbray. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The Grade 5 learners of Wesley Practising School had a lesson in caring for grannies and grandpas when they visited the Arcadia Seniors Home in Mowbray.

On Thursday 13 September the learners treated the seniors to a session of song, drama and special treats as part of a lesson to teach them about caring for the elderly.

Teacher Ronaldo Jean-Louis explains the visit was an opportunity for them to experience a hands-on lesson from their Life Skills syllabus.

“This was a chance for them to meet people like their own grandparents who still need our love,” he says.

“Sometimes they are a forgotten generation, yet they have a lesson or two to teach us. They have survived wars and times of recession and can teach us about endurance and handling of life’s adversities.

“During our visit to Arcadia we wanted to teach (the children) the values they must take through their lives in caring for our seniors and how to treat the elderly with dignity and respect.”

Jean-Louis added that the visit also showed the learners the role of caregivers in such a facility and that many of these seniors still play a major role in society as volunteers and are still very active.

“Our aim with this visit was for our children to leave the home with a new attitude towards the elderly, a new state of mind and a newfound passion to be of service to them. We would like to also encourage other young people in the community to be inspired by these Grade 5 learners to have a caring and loving spirit towards our senior citizens.”

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