Mary’s Mount Primary students find age no barrier to fun at Mercy Villa Maria Hostel

Mary’s Mount Primary students find age no barrier to fun at Mercy Villa Maria Hostel
Mary’s Mount Primary students find age no barrier to fun at Mercy Villa Maria Hostel

AGE was no barrier when pre-primary students spent time singing and reading with elderly residents in a Lesmurdie retirement home.

Youngsters from Mary’s Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill entertained the seniors at Mercy Villa Maria Hostel with stories, songs and a good old chinwag.

Mercy Villa Maria Hostel Service Manager John Herbert said the positive response from the children and seniors was overwhelming.

“Interacting with seniors enables children to develop positive attitudes toward ageing, a sense of purpose and a strong community focus,” he said.

“On top of that, there is a very special bond that exists between children and seniors of their grandparents’ generation, and that really shined through during the children’s visit.”

He said children as young four years old acted enthusiastically with the residents, who enjoyed their visit equally as much.