SAAVI: Caloundra City Private School

SAAVI: Caloundra City Private School


Barry Pederson: The main reason we got involved
in the program is because for a student perspective and also from a teaching
perspective the students are of an age where learning about the outside and learning
about the people they live with, the environment in which they live. And by volunteering
to do whatever it is they are doing they have that opportunity to see the bigger picture
and develop some kind of social responsibility at an age when they probably
most need it. Bronte: The students and I are here and we
are hoping that with talking to these people that
we will gain some information about their history and we will gain some confidence in
talking to them. Barry Pederson: Working with the elderly people
in the village also gives our students the chance to get that greater understanding of
history from people that have really done it. Kaye Ross: We have people in there with amazing
life experiences and I don’t think that the students sort of realise that older people
have really done all the things they do and were probably even naughtier sometimes. Some
of them never see their grandchildren so they like to interact with younger people but don’t
get the chance. I think it was quite interesting after the
first visit that they actually claimed that person as their own. I heard them sitting
around the table saying ‘my Jessica’ or ‘my Sam’. And that was really lovely and the residents
stayed together in the room for about an hour and a half after the last one discussing this.
And have since come together in little groups to discuss how lovely it was and the things
they spoke about. So, we have residents attending this that
have never attended any of our activities before. Barry Pederson: These people can get that
in writing and present it to their family as something they can keep. Elsie Nicholson: We went through all the program
that was provided and I answered most of the questions. And I think he realised just the
sort of life, how we lived in those days. I think it will be a great for the whole of
the school to hear because there is a lot of very interesting people that are living
here. Barry Pederson: From a program perspective
I guess, doing SAAVI it is probably one of the best ideas I have seen. Simply because
it does give students an opportunity to achieve two things at once. One, is get that social
responsibility and learn about the world. But two, to get a qualification that I see
from an employer’s perspective is something I would like to see on a resume. That someone
has actually taken the time to go out and do something for other people – it’s something
that I would look for. Bronte: With the certificate we will be able
to have that help in our future careers. And it is just very interesting talking with these
people and learning more about their past.

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