Welcome to the Fortnightly News! We’ve been having a lot of fun here at Napier street despite the cold weather. The exercises have been turned up a notch to ensure that everyone leaves warm!
Firstly, we had our Men’s group with Drinks and Nibbles. As always, this a great way for the Men living in the facility to bond and enjoy each other’s company. We also had the Musical Chairs Luncheon! This was accompanied by lucky dip prizes, Happy hour and some lovely music. We have been in the process of updating our iPod Music library and this was enjoyed by all. We even had a scratchie winner of $3!!! We had our Breakfast Club morning complete with Bacon and Eggs on toast. The management staff came in early to help with taking orders and serving breakfast! This is always a hit with everyone! As mentioned in the previous fortnightly news, this month’s ecumenical church service was Reverend Nick Hearnshaw’s last service. We surprised him with a book and a gift voucher to Readings. Again, we wish him well and hope he enjoys his retirement with his wife!
This week we have been celebrating NAIDOC week. NAIDOC stands for the “National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee”. It is a time for us to celebrate Australian aboriginals and their culture and the Islander culture. We have celebrated with beautiful photos around the dining room that show a variety of aspects of the culture including art, people and country. On Wednesday, we had traditional aboriginal paintings for everyone to colour in during the adult colouring. Everyong was invited to watch the recorded performance of Australian indigenous musicians and songs written about the traditional lands. These included Troy Cassar-Daley’s ‘ Freedom Ride', Paul Kelly’s 'From Little Things, Big Things Grow’, Yothu Yind’s ‘Treaty’, and some amazing recorded performances on multiple didgeridoos! The celebration finishes off with everyone singing to ‘I’m Australian’. We watch “The Sapphires”. This is a true story about 4 indigenous Australian women who form a musical group and travel to Vietnam during the war to perform for the troops. It stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Miranda Tapsell and Chris O'Dowd. It is a beautiful Musical theatre comedy-drama highlighting the struggle of indigenous women and men, the terror of war and the strength of family. Lastly our quiz on Friday afternoon was NAIDOC themed with questions about a variety of areas relating to aboriginal and islander culture and history. We hope to celebrate this week regularly as it is an integral and rich part of Australia’s history. Later in the year we are hoping to have traditional aboriginal dancers and entertainers to perform for everyone.
The monthly Classical Music Lovers Group was on again! By special request, we had a selection of various operettas. These included Johann Strauss Jr.’s operetta ‘Die Fledermaus’ sung by Dame Joan Sutherland and the most famous ‘Adele’s Laughing Aria’. We had and array of light and Victorian operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan. The operetta session would be incomplete without the 20th century operettas ‘Indian Love Call’ by Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddie! The feedback was very positive and everyone enjoyed the wide array of operettas. One lady shared that it was a 'very good selection of operettas!’ We are taking request for the next Classical Music Theme for July.
We had some very special visitors this week! A group of 4 and 5-year old’s from the NIDO Early School in Albert Park came to say hello. They are starting a walking the community program where groups of 8-10 children and their teachers walk around the community and get to know what’s going on. They will be visiting us every Wednesday morning to say hello, do arts and crafts, listen, read and tell stories and bridge the generational gap. They were very outgoing and enjoyed meeting all the residents and taking in the new environment. We look forward to seeing them again next week!