Girls' School Visit to Caughey Preston Rest Home

November 06, 2014 at 3:29 PM

As part of the Service Programme at Saint Kentigern Girls' School, twelve girls have volunteered to participate in a new afternoon activity with the elderly at the Caughey Preston Rest Home in Remuera.

Every Wednesday after school the girls travel to the home and spend time entertaining and befriending the residents with musical recitals, board games and by sharing stories. The girls have brought along photos, albums and their laptops to show the elderly pictures of their family and friends. Several girls have also brought their musical instruments along to play, and the residents have had much enjoyment watching the young talent.

Teacher in Charge, Mr Andrew Finn said that the girls visits have been the highlight of the week for the residents and one that they look forward to.

This week during their time at the village, the girls sat and listened to veteran war stories, played pool, took a tour of the rest home and were shown small knitted jerseys one resident is making for sick penguins.

Talking and listening to elderly folk is an essential element in building compassion and empathy towards others and it helps the girls to further develop their communication skills and confidence.

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