Students connect with seniors as old times recalled

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
The Seniors Week luncheon was held in the NSHS Hilltop Cafe.
Camera IconThe Seniors Week luncheon was held in the NSHS Hilltop Cafe. Credit: Kellie Balaam

An intergenerational memory luncheon was held in Narrogin last Friday to celebrate Seniors’ Week and to acknowledge the town’s senior community.

The Bob Farr Memorial Library and Narrogin Regional Homecare combined to host a lunch with students from Narrogin Senior High School. Homecare clients, local seniors and students mingled in the school’s Hilltop Cafe, where guests were treated to an afternoon reminiscing about the town’s history.

NRH community care services manager Wendy le Bechee said the event was beneficial for both demographics.

“The younger and older generations have a lot to share ,” she said.

NRH community care services manager Wendy le Bechee and Shire of Narrogin CEO Dale Stewart with a senior.
Camera IconNRH community care services manager Wendy le Bechee and Shire of Narrogin CEO Dale Stewart with a senior. Credit: Kellie Balaam

This year, the Shire of Narrogin arranged for a locally owned drone operator to capture footage of Narrogin.

As the camera moved over the town, seniors were inspired to point out where they had lived and the location of structures that no longer existed.

The students had a list of heritage places to find on a map with the help of the seniors, while sharing their own mem-ories of their homes and schools.

The memory activity involved mapping out iconic structures from Narrogin’s past and present.
Camera IconThe memory activity involved mapping out iconic structures from Narrogin’s past and present. Credit: Kellie Balaam

Mrs le Bechee said seniors were a large part of the community.

“I think it’s good we take the time out to celebrate,” she said.

Senior community member Doreen Mullins said she enjoyed interacting with the schoolchildren.

According to the 2016 Census, seniors make up 19 per cent of Narrogin’s population.

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