Pupils on song to bridge gap between young and old

Our children have used singing and traditional games to strengthen relationships with older members of our local community.

Our pupils spent last Thursday in the company of senior Hackney residents. We welcomed grandparents into the primary school for social activities that encouraged the pupils to appreciate how they can learn from the older generation, both within their own families and beyond.

Year 2 pupils enjoyed serving drinks and snacks to our guests, before having time to chat and play together, including learning traditional games such as cat’s cradle.

Year 3 and 4 pupils took gifts of flowers and chocolates to two residential care homes in Hackney, Jewish nursing home complex Schonfeld Square and Catholic care home St Anne’s House. The young pupils also sang traditional songs to the care homes’ residents.

Our Principal Caterina Park said:

“We used our latest Spirituality Day, an activity that takes place every term, to focus on building stronger relationships between generations. Our pupils really enjoyed a day that was packed with activities focused on helping and respecting our elders. They got a lot out of their interaction with older people and we hope that the activities gave the older generation a lift too.

“We’re blessed to be based in an area of London that is rich in diversity. The day saw us strengthen our links with local faith and community groups. Developing and nurturing these links are important in our effort to promote community cohesion.”

Hindi Pesach, Social Affairs Manager at Schonfeld Square nursing home complex, said:

“I don’t have the words to express what a brilliant experience it was to have the children come into our home. They were perfectly behaved and showed our residents great respect, listening intently to their stories about their lives. Our residents had a blast hearing the children sing songs they recognised. It was wonderful.

“Welcoming in school groups helps our residents to feel a part of the local community and visits such as this are something they look forward to.”

Added By: Olive Hackney | Date Added: 24th Apr 2017 | Posted In:

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