Pupils make friends across the generations after embracing community outreach initiative

Pupils at the High School of Dundee have made new friends across the city, and across the generations, after embracing a community outreach event.

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As part of the School’s first-ever Activities Week, all pupils in F3 (S3) had the chance to sign up for visits to a number of care homes and nurseries across Dundee.

The youngsters jumped at the chance, spending each morning preparing entertainment pieces and activities, before visiting the premises in the afternoons to share them with the residents and children.

The pupils spent time in a total of five care homes and three nurseries during the week and according to the School’s Charities and Community Outreach Co-ordinator, Karlene Douglas, both the pupils and those they visited enjoyed the experience greatly.

She said, “I’m so proud of how positively the pupils embraced the community outreach programme. They showed imagination, initiative and compassion when engaging with the residents and children during the week.

“The volume of lovely photos, messages and positive comments I have received about how much the care homes and nurseries enjoyed our visits has been truly heart-warming.”

Wendy Smith, Activities Coordinator at Bridge View House, said, “Thank you so much to the pupils for entertaining our residents. Everyone had an amazing time! We would love a return visit if that is possible.”

The community outreach initiative was just one element of the School’s first-ever F1-F3 Activities Week, a programme of events designed to enhance the pupils’ all-round development by providing experiences linked to aspects of the School’s Core Values. 

As a result, the youngsters had the chance to participate in a huge range of on and off-site activities based around the themes of Resilience, Creativity, Kindness, Respect and Confidence.

You can read more about Activities Week at: www.highschoolofdundee.org.uk/news-and-events/news/activities-week-2019