Residents from Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House visited the JCoSS school Sukkah for lunch and a performance from the school choir today. Vi & Johns Ruben resident Helen Lawrence was full of energy when she left the school having had a ‘lovely’ day;
“I have had a lovely day. Everything was lovely from the lunch to the delightful performance. The atmosphere was great, we chatted to the children who were a delight – a real credit to the school”.
It wasn’t only the Jewish Care residents who enjoyed the visit, Year 9 student Abigail Wander said;
“It was honestly the most amazing thing just to see the smiles on their faces when we sang. There was such a lovely, friendly atmosphere in the sukkah and the students made such a great connection with the residents. We hope they thoroughly enjoyed their time at JCoSS as we really enjoyed meeting them”
The pupils shared experiences of school with the Jewish Care residents whilst residents talked to them about the work of Jewish Care. Earlier in the year JCoSS pupils nominated Jewish Care as their UK based charity they would support throughout the year. The visit was seen as both an opportunity to bring the generations together whilst also performing the tradition and Mitzvah of inviting guest to share a meal in the Sukkah.
Vi & John Ruben’s Home manager, Mary O’Rourke said;
“The residents enjoyed their lunch out and the opportunity to meet and talk to the JCoSS pupils. We, at Jewish Care, believe this intergenerational contact is really important and of great benefit to both young and old”.
Following the visit, JCoSS Headteacher Patrick Moriarty commented;
“It was wonderful to see our students give such pleasure to the Jewish Care residents and I was honoured to personally play the piano for them”.