15 November, 2019
Launceston Church Grammar School students were paired with Fred French residents to write biographies for the residents.
The Year 10 students visited the home once a week for five weeks. They interviewed the residents, took notes and collected photographs to collate into bound books. These books were then presented to the residents to keep. Students also put the stories on a USB so residents can share it with family.
The project was incredibly insightful for the students, particularly into how resilient people had to be in the past. One student shared their insight: “It makes you think about what you’re going to do as you move on, and the stories you can have later in life.”
The students weren’t the only ones to benefit, though. Residents loved the opportunity to tell their story and feel valued by younger people and the wider community.
To complete the five-week project, residents and students enjoyed a morning tea together at Fred French.