(The seniors) enthusiasm and relevance to the students was outstanding and kept the students fully engaged. Simply having you visit the school would have been enough but the relevance and interest of the content presented, made this a powerful learning experience for our students. Each person had so much to offer and our staff was united in their praise of each and every visitor. I especially noted the way the visitors structured their talks to balance the formal with informal and weren’t put off by the exuberance of the students. They were so interested in the students and it was obvious the joy that they received from imparting their stories.
Ian Hastings – Principal Jandakot Primary School
Both staff and students enjoyed meeting you all and gained a valuable experience. I can see from the letters the children have written that they were impressed by the rich tapestry of memories evoked by your storytellers and also by their lovely sens of fun. Several of the students wrote that it would be great if you could come back. I hope that we can arrange another visit in the future.
Olwyn Cameron – Spearwood Primary School
‘It was wonderful for our Year 12 History students, as part of their Oral History Investigation, to hear a number of elderly Australians recount their experiences of World War Two, Post-war immigration and the changing status and role of Australian Women. We are truly blessed to have such remarkable people within our community who are both generous with their time and willing to pass on their wisdom to our current generation of Australians.’
Mr Grant Miocevich, Head of Society and Environment – Iona Presentation College
‘I believe the benefits of the program is that students are able to interact with the seniors in a positive and sharing experience that enhances their understanding of their wider community and the role these people played in shaping it. Both students and staff found them all to be inspirational and delightful company and contributes further to development of the values inherent in the Curriculum Framework’.
Amanda Ferrara – Society and Environment, Shenton College, Middle School