Camden South Public School students delight elderly neighbours

Camden South Public School pupils have spent the past ten weeks creating special gifts for the residents of Estia Nursing Home, Camden.

Today, they got to deliver them.

Teacher Lyndal Hagan said it was important for students to take part in the making and giving of the gifts.

“We just thought the kids in our area are very lucky kids and we know they are compassionate and kind so we knew they would enjoy doing this,” she said.

“It’s great for them to give back to their community.”

Students aged nine to 11 years old made teddy bears, stress balls, Christmas decorations, lava lamps and more.

Ms Hagan said the students enjoyed making the gifts and couldn’t wait to hand them out.

“I think it is about them seeing that joy when they gave the gifts out,” she said.

“They have a special connection with the gifts because they made them, so seeing the gifts make other people happy is a really great thing for them.

“They did a fantastic job.”

Estia Nursing Home Lifestyle staff member Tammy Brown said residents were delighted by the gifts.

“It makes them really happy and brightens their day,” she said.

“I think as we get a bit older it is nice to have that interaction.”

Fellow staff member said Julie Berrell said residents enjoyed having the children around.

“It’s good for the residents to interact with the children because they relate back to when they had kids,” she said.

“It’s like having their grandchildren around.

“It’s good for their cognitive and social skills and it is really good to keep them involved with the community.”