Students wrap up service

ELISIA SEEBERSound Telegraph

Students from Warnbro Senior High School Education Support Centre said goodbye to friends at Gracehaven nursing home Rockingham last week, wrapping up months of volunteering at the centre.

The students participated in the interactive community program as part of their studies to complete a certificate II in community services.

Senior school teacher Kelly Stevens said the Year 12 students visited the nursing home on a weekly basis, taking part in a range of tasks and activities to help the elderly.

“The volunteering helps (students) to get their TAFE qualification but it also helps Gracehaven out by having volunteers who are willing to come out and help with all sorts of things,” she said.

“My students have learnt a little bit of tolerance, but also employability skills for the community.”

WCHS ESC student Blake Watts said his experience at Gracehaven was “amazing”.

“I have had a great experience there, I think it is great for all high schools to give it a shot,” he said.

“It feels great like you are helping your own family, like your great-grandmother or great-grandfather and I’m really proud.”

Gracehaven lifestyle co-ordinator Lee Bamsey said the program was a lot of fun for all involved and helped young and old develop their skills.

“We think the residents have managed to learn a few things and they enjoyed seeing people of different ages,” she said.

WCHS ESC principal Kim McCollum said the program allowed students to develop their social skills.

“It is a great opportunity for our kids to outreach into the community, to make connections with people in our community and to develop relationships,” she said.

The experience ended on Tuesday with a morning tea for the students and residents.

Ms McCollum said the school was looking to continue the program next year.

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