Thanks to International Grammar School for this recent article ……

“IGS Year 10 students recently showed their gratitude for the virtual visits with Opal Aged Care residents.

In a Tribute Recognition session, students and residents shared cards and reflected on their time spent together.

Samantha Heron of Heart and Soul Story and the facilitator of the Seniors and Teens Empathy (STEP) Program said she has continued to be blown away by the enthusiasm, patience and good humour of the IGS students taking part.

“The conversations are not always straightforward,” Samantha said.

“On the rare occasion they don’t go as smoothly as one might hope, the students seem to accept this with an incredible level of grace and maturity that warms the heart.

“As the facilitator of this program, it is always a double bonus to learn not just about the lives of our elders but to get an insight to the lives of these vibrant and interesting students.”

The students recently reflected on some of the things they have enjoyed about the STEP program.

Katya: “It’s been an unforgettable experience connecting with people we otherwise never would have, and so special finding things in common with people you usually wouldn’t meet. It’s been great to hear their wisdom.” 

Faraday: “We think this is a super educational experience and you get to meet some really great people.”

Ines: “Doing this was a great experience, learning about your lives, your likes and dislikes and how much we
connected. We really enjoyed doing this.”

Ed: “We are sad that this term’s STEP is coming to an end, but I’m looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of students into the lives of the residents next term.”

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