This week Year 8 visited both Harford Manor School and Chiswick House as part of their Design and Technology work and our new multi-generation project. The pupils enjoyed playing board games and chatting to pupils of Harford Manor School and the residents of Chiswick House, allowing all parties to find out more about each other. Our Year 8s will be designing board games for both the residents and pupils.

At Chiswick House we met Sharon, the Operations Manager of Chiswick House, who introduced us to a range of residents. Eddie, age 99 and the oldest resident in the Care home had been a Japanese prisoner of war and told us of his many journeys to far flung countries and rather daunting experiences, including waking up to find a tiger at his feet and finding scorpions in his bedding. The children listened animatedly, as our Deputy Head, Pastoral and Welfare, Mrs Franklin, read out Eddie’s life story from an article he asked her to read, that had been published in a national newspaper. You can read more about Eddie in this article from the EDP:
https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/prisoner-of-war-norfolk-opens-up-second-world-war-1-6331145

Many of the residents in the care home live with Alzheimers or Dementia and the children were told how the residents functioned with these illnesses. Some having only short term memories. It is so important for our pupils to understand and empathise with people who have faced adversity. Many of the children were overwhelmed with the reception and warmth they received from the residents and really enjoyed the opportunity to share their afternoon playing Scrabble. Jonathan even spoke with one of the residents in German, as both he and the resident were fluent in these languages. We have really enjoyed our afternoon and look forward to seeing everyone again in a few weeks, as we return with our pupils to find out what type of board games the residents would like to have made for them, by our Year 8s.

Meanwhile, over at Harford Manor School, the remaining 14 pupils had great fun playing games and taking snacks with the members of White Class. This is the class above Blue Class, who we have traditionally worked with in previous years, but due to the complexities that this year’s Blue Class have Harford Manor advised we work with White Class pupils, who are older, and in Years 8 and 9. White Class were lovely, welcoming and keen to play radio-controlled cars, skittles, Lego or Bingo with all of us. Our Head of Design and Technology, Mr Forsey, recognised some pupils from previous years who have now moved up, and sure enough they have all become more confident and more grown up! We look forward to meeting up again later this month where Year 8 will share and show some of their initial ideas for their Board Games.

We have really enjoyed our afternoon at Harford Manor School and Chiswick House and look forward to seeing everyone again in a few weeks, as we return with our pupils to find out what type of board games the residents would like to have made for them, by the pupils.

It has been such a fabulous day, we hope to host more multi generation events throughout the academic year.