PUPILS LEARN ABOUT THE PAST

PUPILS at Mackie Academy have been writing 'life story' books about residents at Clashfarquhar House.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 26th April 2010, 1:19 pm

The 5th year pupils were part of a group who were interested in finding out about the lives of some of the elderly residents living at the care home in Stonehaven.

Gemma Rose Pugh and Rachel Park wrote about residents Jeanne Christie and Margaret Iggo respectively.

They presented them with bound copies of their book last Tuesday at a special presentation.

The girls met with the residents every week to talk about stories from the past including where they grew up, summer holidays and school days. Each book included photos of the women as they grew up.

Alistair Lawrie, from Community Learning Department at Aberdeenshire Council said: "I think it was a wonderful project and the girls worked really hard. I have really enjoyed meeting the girls and the ladies they worked with. The two girls have done really well and they are a credit to the community.

"Young people often fall on the wrong side of the tracks and get bad press but I think it is wonderful to see Gemma and Rachel, who represent the vast majority of youngsters who are decent and responsible citizens, working so hard."

Miss Park said that she had "really enjoyed" her time with ladies.

Miss Pugh added: "It was great just getting to know them and chat to them. They had so many stories to tell!"

Susan Hayward, manager at Clashfarquhar said: "The two girls really have been excellent. They have been so committed to the whole project. I really hope that there are others who are interested in hearing their stories as they are very interesting. The residents also get a great keep sake, an individual book that they can show to anyone."