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Students Bring Sun - and iPads

15 September 2015

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Te Mata students show the residents at Duart how to use iPads

Havelock North Village Press


When students from Room 20 at Te Mata School sang the Beatles’ classic Here Comes the Sun to a roomful of Duart Lifestyle Care residents, they were absolutely right.

Despite the rest of the week being rainy, the sun had indeed come out for the children’s visit, allowing them to walk the distance from the school to Duart Lifestyle Care, where the sunshine was streaming into the front lounge as the children sang.

Room 20 had been studying volunteering, and when it came time to split into groups and choose somewhere to volunteer for the morning, Duart was a popular choice.

The 13 girls who went along spent a lot of time planning. Not only did they prepare and rehearse a selection of songs, but they also took along their iPads, loaded with photos, stories and games to share with the residents.

The songs were well-received, with smiles all around, but the iPads were a real eye-opener.

“This is the first time these residents have seen iPads in use” said Duart Lifestyle Care diversional therapist Diane Green, as the students’ and residents’ heads bent together over iPads and the room filled with chatter.

Before long, bingo was underway and photos were being shared, as arthritic fingers reached out to tap touch-screens for the first time.

“I’ve never seen it before and I’m loving it,” said Duart resident Annette, while beside her another resident reached out and high-fived her young tutor after several successful games of iPad bingo.
The students were equally enthused – “That was really interesting,” said one, “they knew nothing about iPads and we showed them lots and they just loved it”.

The morning was such a success, the students want to make it a regular event. They weren’t allowed to leave empty-handed, though each girl was present with a daffodil, hand-made by residents.


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