Students’ project preserves the past

Aegis Hilton Park Aged Care resident Violet Fort shares stories with East Fremantle Primary School Year 7 students Freya Prall and Francesca Nardi.
Aegis Hilton Park Aged Care resident Violet Fort shares stories with East Fremantle Primary School Year 7 students Freya Prall and Francesca Nardi.

Students from East Fremantle Primary School learnt this first-hand recently when they visited seniors at Aegis Hilton Park Aged Care to record the stories of the residents.

The Great Women by Great Girls collection of stories, brought together with the help of the Museum of Moving Objects (MOMO), will be exhibited at the Fremantle Public Library before moving onto Cottesloe and Melville.

East Fremantle Primary principal Jennifer Chittick said the project had proven to be an amazing learning experience for the young girls.

‘Hearing stories of the past first-hand from the residents has been an emotional experience for our Year 7 girls, and one which I’m sure will remain with them in a positive way for the rest of their lives,’ she said.

MOMO curator Richenda Prall said it was an empowering project and going into the residential centres allowed the young girls to break down stereotypes associated with people in aged care homes.

Great Women by Great Girls is at the Fremantle Public Library until December 6.