Last week, the students in Grade 4 visited the residents at James Bay Care Home. This service trip is a regular trip that happens for all students in our Junior School once a year. We decide as a class what we would like to share with the seniors, considering their interests and how we would like to communicate. This year, we decided to share some of our individual musical talents as well as some of our 'old favourite' picture books. We learned a great deal about the lives of the seniors and tried to ask questions that were important for them. We are so grateful to spend time with some of the senior members of our community.
Service opportunities not only benefit our students, but our whole community. Last week, the students in Grade 4J shared themselves and their learning with the residents of the James Bay Care Home. Students prepared themselves first by discussing what to expect from the experience and then by deciding what to share with the seniors. After much thought, we decided to share some personal narrative writing, some special items, some legend picture books and in some cases our musical talents. The students were thoughtful and interested in the residents' lives as they were of the children. We learned that spending time speaking and listening with others is a valuable and cherished opportunity.
What other ways can you help people in your community?
How do YOU feel when you serve and help others?
Today in class we made gifts like foam ornaments and hot cocoa mixes. We had both grade four classes making gifts together. It was nice to get in the holiday spirit.
The students in 4J are each allocated a week in the school year where they are celebrated individually. Students of the week will share special memories and sometimes important items or artwork with the rest of their classmates. As individuals we recognize different virtues that we think represent our students of the week.