Reminiscent of the hit ABC documentary Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, more than 30 kindy students joined seniors at Baptistcare Mirrambeena Residential Care on Friday for a festive morning of song and dance, tea and cake, and big smiles.
They four and five-year-olds from Margaret River Primary School performed a concert, including class favourites, Santa’s Hiccups and Rockin’ Rhythm, an Auslan sign language rendition of We Are Australian, along with favourite Christmas carols everyone could sing along to.
The children also presented the residents with posies made with fresh flowers donated and arranged by the students’ families.
Margaret River Primary School Kindergarten Teacher, Melanie Powell, said the children had enthusiastically practised for their performance over a number of weeks
“Many young students have limited access to interactions with grandparents and other elderly members of the community, so it was a wonderful opportunity for them to gain an understanding the world in which they belong,” she said
“My Great-Aunt Joan lived at Mirrambeena until 2015, and I know the joy the visits from young children bring to the residents.”
Baptistcare Lifestyle Coordinator, Anni Kampi, said the special performance evoked wonderful memories for the 46 residents who call Mirrambeena home.
“Everyone is able to relate to Christmas songs and they love seeing the little children singing and dancing,” she said.
“The beautiful fresh bouquets created by the students and their families were also very much appreciated.”
Intergenerational events are part of Baptistcare’s commitment to keeping residents connected to their communities.
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