Red Oasis Kindy kids meet the elders of the Mount Isa community

GREAT COMPANY: Christine Walden enjoyed interacting with Jamie Phasawat on Monday morning. Photo: Melissa North
GREAT COMPANY: Christine Walden enjoyed interacting with Jamie Phasawat on Monday morning. Photo: Melissa North

The elders at Laura Johnson Home were just as excited about meeting the kindergarten kids from Red Oasis as the young ones were about meeting them on Monday morning.

This is the first of many excursions to the retirement home Red Oasis is planning this year.

Director of Red Oasis Early Education Care centre Sarah Gohdes-Smith said it was an initiative to get to know the older ones in our community.

“We arranged the first morning activity late last year and the feedback we received was amazing,” Ms Gohdes-Smith said.

“The aged care residents enjoyed the visit so much, they requested we visit again.”

The kindy children arrived by bus and were armed with several activities which the elders were happy to participate in. 

“There was morning tea, colouring activities, and we shared stories and sang songs together,” Ms Gohdes-Smith said.

Mary Lanskey, a resident at Laura Johnson Home said she enjoyed the morning and loved to see the kids.

“Some of us are reminded of our own grandchildren and we’re so happy they have come,” Ms Lanskey said.

The children wore their new design Bundarra Naidoc shirts for the occasion and were keen to show them off at the end of the morning with a photograph.

Ms Gohdes-Smith said they have many programs at Red Oasis which focussed on making connections and experiencing healthy fulfilling lives.

“We have a program called Yoga with Children which teaches them to move their bodies in a healthy way by managing stress,” she said.

“They practice breathing, awareness and meditation which promotes and builds concentration and positive self image.”

The Red Oasis Early Education and Care centre also have a graduation night for the children at the end of the year.

“Its an exciting event which is held off site and the children get certificates and can dress up in gowns,” Ms Gohdes-Smith said.

Enrolments are now open.

For more information contact the centre on 07 4743 6311.