Seniors Week 2014

Last week was Seniors Week, and to celebrate, and acknowledge the importance of our seniors, NCNS hosted a Seniors Week Lunch.

The lovely Floribunda Community Centre in Glenmore Park was the venue, and invited were seniors from Seniors groups across Penrith – from Cranebrook, Kingswood Park, South Penrith, Glenmore Park and Emu Plains.

The day started out with a concert – we were excited to have students from Glenmore Park High School join us to perform. There were so many talented students; singing, dancing and playing instruments. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, and gave the kids huge rounds of applause. A photo booth was set up, giving the Seniors the opportunity to have some fun photos with their friends.

Lunch was a catered hot meal, and students from Glenmore Park High School helped out – serving the meal and drinks, helping our guests to their seats, and chatting and laughing with our guests. It was fantastic to see! One of the greatest highlights of these events is the inter-generational connections, as young people and seniors spend a day together.

The final performance was –Making Tracks Mentoring Program Aboriginal dance group from Cranebrook High School. They put on a fantastic cultural performance, and it was a great way to end the day!

Seniors Week is an important week, giving us the opportunity not only to offer a fun day, but to bring people together, often outside their usual places, and encourage friendships, inclusion, and a sense of belonging. The staff of NCNS were so pleased to see our seniors interacting with the kids from Glenmore Park High School and vice versa, and know that it is interactions such as these that can shape people’s perceptions and understanding of others.

A big thank you must go to the staff and students of Glenmore Park High School and Cranebrook High School who made the day so enjoyable and rich. They were polite, happy and engaging, and should be very proud of themselves! PJs Catering put on a delicious meal – thanks goes to Peter! Finally, thanks to Penrith City Council and FACS, for funding received towards the cost of the day.