This is your life film brings tears of happiness

Magdalene Catholic High School Year 11 students Emily Clarke (left) & Sarah Kennedy with Carrington resident Dora Dykstra that they have been visiting as part of their Through Our Eyes project. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Magdalene Catholic High School Year 11 students Emily Clarke (left) & Sarah Kennedy with Carrington resident Dora Dykstra that they have been visiting as part of their Through Our Eyes project. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Magdalene Catholic High School students with the residents of Carrington they have been visiting as part of their Through Our Eyes project. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Magdalene Catholic High School students with the residents of Carrington they have been visiting as part of their Through Our Eyes project. Picture: Jonathan Ng

THERE were a few tears and plenty of smiles when a "this is your life" moment was played out at Carrington Care last week.

Five year 11 students at Magdalene Catholic High School spent 14 weeks getting to know the residents and documenting their lives in a short movie that was played out in front of their families at a special presentation.

School support officer Shareen Borg said students had embraced the Through Our Eyes project since it started three years ago.

"Some of them don't have grandparents of their own so to be able to mingle and learn from the residents at Carrington has been invaluable for them," Mrs Borg said.

"And it was special for some of the residents, too, because their families can't always visit."

The students spent one hour each week speaking to the residents about their lives and used the information to make a movie which they copied to a CD for the residents to keep.

Mrs Borg said there were "tears of happiness" from the residents when the movies were played to an audience last week.

"One student said the experience made her realise how selfish she had been and she said she now knew how lucky she was compared to the resident she had been visiting," she said.

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