Written by Maisy B, Matilda D, Jasmine M and Ellie A
Last week on Tuesday the 20th November, we hosted out first dementia cafes in our gym foyer and it was a HUGE success!! We had delicious food, breath-taking performances the Year 1’s, Christian M on guitar and one of our guests, Gladys, singing Spanish songs for us. It had such a spectacular atmosphere felt by all.
It was so good because everyone got involved with our visiting elders and we all had the opportunity to talk to everyone. Our guests talked to us about he invitations we sent and how the invitations made them feel so special, welcome and included in our community. One of our guests said it made him cry and he’s every framed it to put on his mantle piece at home!!
We really enjoyed playing with the old fashioned toys on the table, asking our guests to explain what it was and allowing them time to tell their stories. It was fun trying to guess what each toy was and sharing laugher as we played with each toy. Everyone had a story to tell. We discovered how the Marble game actually goes and we were taught the flicking technique. AMAZING!
We learnt that people living with dementia don’t forget everything. They remember childhood stuff really well, so we had lots to talk about. We learnt that some people have been coming to the Umbrella Dementia Cafes at the Church since the beginning, when it first started in 2016! They love it so much as its gets them out of the house.
We loved seeing everyone singing along to Cary’s harmonica ‘Waltz Sing Matilda’. He said it’s his favourite song, even though he’s from New Zealand! Everyone couldn’t help but dance to Lisa Shatlock’s Grade 1’s class who sand and danced to ‘We Like To Party’, and these Grade 1’s did so well they even got an encore.
We heard how three Grade 1’s (Louis R, Ivy D and Scarlett C) and two Grade 3 students (Sage D and Bella C) raised nearly $100 for the Umbrella Dementia Cafes! The students told us how they used the money to buy a ‘Prop Box’ for the regular dementia dancing cafes they do at the Church. The box was full of very fun sparkly stuff to make people laugh while dancing!
All the leaders did a wonderful job and represented our school values perfectly!
We are now in conversation with our teachers and Kirsty Porter from the Umbrella Dementia Cafés to do this again next year!!
And a big thank you to everyone involved in allowing us to meet our local elderly community. A special thank you to Mr. C, Megan Gibbs and the BPS Dementia Cafés Committee for making it happen!
Written by Maisy B, Matilda D, Jasmine M and Ellie A (absent)