The COVID-19 restrictions have seen our students become involved in new CAS experiences. We have reached out to nursing homes and connected with the elderly in our local area. Students have hand written their first letter, just in time for Mother's Day. I asked one of our students to sum up the experience:
"Recently I have handwritten some letters to elderly people in our local area nursing homes. During the current pandemic, service within our community is important to spread the positivity. I feel that this program is amazing to be involved in as such a simple letter could make a significant difference to those that feel lonely. I hope for these letters to help the isolated elderly to feel connected to someone, especially during the current coronavirus situation. Writing the letters not only benefits the recipient, but it also provided me with a good break from technology and the chaos brought forth by coronavirus.
In addition, sharing my life, hopes and dreams acts as a good reflection and mindfulness activity where I am able to think deeply about my future, actions, personal strengths and weaknesses. I think the most powerful impact of this activity was how such a small heart-felt letter can potentially lift someones spirits and increase connectivity within our community. From this I realised that completing a small action that brightens someone else's mood, has the same effect on myself as well." - Amy Dehghan - Year 12
Mrs Melissa Mitchell