Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Old and young to learn from each other

Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care

Old and Young to Learn from Each other

In a national first, Kalyra Communities is pleased to announce that an innovative proposal to co-locate a Montessori Middle School Program at Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care will proceed.

‘Last night, the Onkaparinga Council approved the co-location of classrooms alongside the current state of the art residential aged care redevelopment at Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care, 54 Woodcroft Drive, Morphett Vale,’ explained Sara Blunt, CEO Kalyra Communities.

‘This is a terrific step forward. Now that planning has been approved, the project is full steam ahead. We expect the new middle school will open in the first half of 2019. We have a formal lease and are developing protocols, policies, and procedures to enable us to work together effectively.’

Intergenerational life improves well-being

‘Our research indicates that intergenerational life improves the well-being of older people, and is equally good for young people.’

‘We are really excited that 35 students from Southern Montessori School will occupy classrooms that are on the same site as our residential aged care accommodation for 88 people.’

‘This partnership will give students a wonderful learning environment, and ample opportunity to engage with civic and community life. Our residents are very pleased to contribute to the life skills of the students and will benefit from life-long learning, and new technology.’

Noel Browne, Principal Southern Montessori School, says, ‘I am thrilled with this outcome. The development offers our students a rich learning environment as we nurture their unique talents and support their growth towards becoming independent, considerate, informed and active young people, who contribute to a better world.’

Kelly Evans, Chair of the Southern Montessori School agreed, saying, ‘This project is the culmination of years of planning and now not only gives our students a permanent home but opens the way for a truly unique and innovative Middle School program in 2019.’

Sonia Bolzon, Chair of Kalyra Communities, said ‘Kalyra Communities has more than 125 years of service for people in need. Our passion is to enable people to enjoy and thrive in life, whatever their circumstances. These students needed a new home for learning and our residents embraced the concept, telling us it will bring life and joy into their home. It is a win-win!’

‘It all came about by chance when a visitor to our Kalyra Woodcroft Aged Care asked if it would be possible to consider a middle school in the redevelopment, and now it is happening!’