Pupils from Greenmeadow Primary School choir have recently visited Ty Gwyn Care Home in Cwmbran as part of their Dementia Friendly Schools commitment.
Pupils thoroughly enjoyed entertaining the residents at the care home by singing a variety of timeless classics and sharing stories about their day. The residents clearly loved singing along with the children and they even joined in, with some musical instruments at hand.
Year 3 pupil Lily Winter said, ”I really enjoyed singing for the residents at Ty Gwyn Care Home because they loved us being there and they were happy as they joined in with our singing.”
Year 5 pupil Emily Fish commented that, “I loved visiting the residents at the care home because it was nice to talk to them about our day and cheer them up by singing with them. They were familiar with the songs and enjoyed clapping, playing instruments and singing along.”
Year 5 pupil Olivia Rehman added, “ It was an amazing opportunity to go down to Ty Gwyn. The people there were friendly and smiley and loved singing along with our songs, particularly, ‘she’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes!’ We were allowed to chat to the residents after and were given squash and biscuits. I’m looking forward to going back at Christmas to sing with them again.”
Greenmeadow Primary School is the latest primary school in Torfaen to be awarded Dementia Friendly Schools status through the Alzheimer's Society. In December the school is going back to visit Ty Gwyn Care Home to sing Christmas Carols and in the New Year will be engaging with the residents at digital inclusion sessions, using Ipads and playing games.