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Over Terms 2 and 3 Ormiston College students completed an Act of Compassion activity, which saw the creation of over 400 handwritten cards and letters for the residents of Regis Aged Care in Birkdale.

In their SEP Christian Values lesson, students explored the meaning of compassion and how it is more than just being kind. Compassion is endeavouring to understand how someone might feel in a particular situation, and treating them with kindness.

Secondary students looked at how compassion is deeply connected with good character, and its importance when we, individually, face struggles. Compassion keeps communities, families, and individuals together and connected through validation and understanding.

COVID19 19 has been particularly impacting on aged care facilities, with most of them going into lock down for a second time recently. As a College we embarked on combining compassion with our other Christian Value of service and got creative.

This week we were able to meet with the Directors of Regis Aged Care in Birkdale to deliver the cards and a small hamper from the Hearts & Hands Team. They were so moved to receive such a thoughtful gift and said that their residents would love receiving them.

I was particularly moved to read the kind words and beautiful creativity and that came from our student’s hearts. One quote, in particular, stood out:

“The sky is always there for me, while my life has been going through many, many changes. When I look up at the sky, it gives me a nice feeling, like looking at an old friend.” Yoko Ono

How inspiring and relevant.

As a College we can be proud that our students know what compassion is, and that they can perform an act of compassion for those in need.

Tanya Tennant