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The grade four pupils who visited Arcadia.
The grade four pupils who visited Arcadia.

THE grade four class wrote their own accounts about their recent visit to Arcadia. It is enlightening to see the world through their eyes and share in their experience of our elderly during the outreach.

“We took a trip to Arcadia. We had an opportunity to meet a few people. The first person we met was Uncle Tom and he showed us around. The person we talked to was Aunty Linda and she told us a lot about her life. She has been in Greytown for her whole life. She was at Concordia until she got sick and couldn’t look after herself so she came to Arcadia. She has been there for two years. Aunty Linda also loves bananas. We also saw a 100-year-old lady called Olivia. Meghann’s grandma’s aunt is also there and her name is Vi. After that we had tea and biscuits and some of the people joined us, then we went back to school.”


“We visited aunty Lyn, she is 70 years old and she works at Arcadia. Arcadia is an old age home. Aunty Lyn has been working at Arcadia for five years. She has short white hair, bright blue eyes and a small body. She told us that she went to Greytown High and her father was headboy and her mother was headgirl. She also told us she was born in the Greytown Hospital. She has two daughters, the sad news was that her one daughter and one of her grandsons passed away, her daughter had cancer. Thanks for the lovely visit we had lots of fun and enjoyed it a lot!”


“At Arcadia we met grandpas and grandmas. We saw lots of them and we met Oom Jan. He is very nice and loving. His favourite colour is brown and he likes bananas and fudge. He was born in South Africa. He has a sports T-shirt. He has no children, but his sister works at Wembley.”

“Our class went to Arcadia and we had to team up in two pairs, we went inside and saw the workers and nurses. We saw very old people, so we went in people’s rooms and they were sleeping and some were watching television. We bought them fruits, flowers and cards. So we had to go inside and say hello and talk about ourselves. It was pretty interesting because they talked about themselves. Then, we went to a room with tables and the old people were sitting, talking and eating. Then we went to see a lady called Aunty Olive, she is 100 years old! Wow, and she is still alive!”


“We went to three people and we only got to talk to one. His name is Jeffrey Cooper and he was very friendly. He has no children. He has a cat and the cat’s name is Kitty Cat and the cat is very friendly. He told us about his life and family. He made a house near Wembley on a farm. When he left his parents he did not get any presents. We would like to give him a present for Christmas. He used to live in Pietermaritzburg. He went to Greytown Junior. We really enjoyed the visit. Thank you Uncle Jeffrey for letting us talk to you.”


“On September 18 we went to the Arcardia home for the old people. We met Mrs. Puckery and she was very nice and we gave her flowers and fruit. She told us that she had three brothers and two sisters all her brothers were late and one of her sisters too. She said she had seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She grew up in Durban and so did her children. We also met Aunty Olive who is 100 years old and going to be 101 in October.”


“On September 18 our Grade 4 class and Mrs Swart visited Arcadia where there are lots of old people. We met an old granny and she was 85 years old, she told us everything about her and her family. She had an oxygen tank because she could not breathe. We gave her two bunches of flowers and she was very happy. We spent a lot of time with her and she felt even happier because she is normally very lonely. She has lots of great-grandchildren and we enjoyed being with her and also talking with her. She told us she used to live in Pietermaritzburg. She said that she really loves animals. We really loved being with her. We wanted to stay with her the whole day.”


“Our class went to Arcadia old age home. We first met a blind old grandpa, but we never really got a chance to speak or introduce ourselves, but we discovered that he was a kind person. We then went to see three ladies that work there and one of the ladies name was Lorain, and she had no children or grandchildren. Aunty Lorain had short coconut hair and she helped the old people that can’t do things by themselves. We gave her and her friends some flowers and some cards and fruits. We also told them about ourselves. We had tea and biscuits too. We went to go see granny Olive and we were amazed by her age. We had a fantastic time!”


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