Carrington Care Camden residents ready to go back to school

Learners: The eight Carrington residents dressed in their new school uniform ready for their trip back to high school. Picture: Chris Lane
Learners: The eight Carrington residents dressed in their new school uniform ready for their trip back to high school. Picture: Chris Lane

They already know their ABCs and 123s but eight of Carrington Aged Care facility’s oldest residents are heading back to school.

Brenda Weiberle, Beulah Midson, Elaine Sampson, David Archer, Graham East, John Hurst, William Jooste and Laura Stuckey will visit Magdalene Catholic High School to learn something new – and teach students a thing or two.

The residents aged between 81 and 99 will take part in science, home economics and computer classes with year 10 students.

The oldest member of the group is 99-year-old former Elderslie resident Brenda Weiberle.

She said she was looking forward to going back to school as she had never been to a local high school.

“I’ve lived in Camden my whole life, there was no high school here, we had to go to Parramatta,” she said.

“We left at 7 in the morning and didn’t get home until 7 at night.”

Laura Stuckey said she was looking forward to meeting the students.

“It will be interesting to see the difference in ages between us and the students,” she said.

“School has changed in lots of ways, I don’t think they are strict enough anymore but you’re never too old to learn.”

Former Campbelltown High School teacher David Archer said he would be most likely to put on detention for talking in class at the school.

“I liked teaching my students and helping them – I am a little on the grey side but I’m a real larrikin now,” he said.

“I also built a plane from a scratch and now it is in a museum.”

Self-confessed computer fanatic Graham East said his cousin was the founding father of computer science, Alan Turing.

“He solved Enigma, the code Hitler used during WWII,” he said.

“I find it fascinating that students do all their work on computers now.”

Beulah Midson, Elaine Sampson, John Hurst and William Jooste said they were also looking forward to going back to school.

The residents will be treated to a lunch cooked by year 10 home economics students.

Carrington staff have also created uniforms for each of the participants.

Organiser Vicki Bosnich said the residents were excited about the school visit.

“They have so much to offer the students,” she said.

“We are grateful that Magdalene have been so welcoming and allow us to do this for our residents.”