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Fostering intergenerational connections at Vincent Court

The St Paul’s College Year 11 and 12 students undertaking their school-based traineeship at Vincent Court are coming along in leaps and bounds! These impressive students will complete their studies with a Certificate III in Individual Support, and they are loving their hands-on learning experience in our community.  

Five of the students have already secured part-time employment at Vincent Court and say that this initiative has given them a head start on their future careers. But perhaps equally important is the special opportunity it’s given them to form rewarding connections with residents.  

Student Shelby said, “Spending time with the residents is so lovely. We’re learning valuable clinical skills from our supervisors but we’re also getting to know these older Australians which is really special.”  

The enthusiasm the students have for the learning experience and the deep respect they show residents has been noticed by everyone at Vincent Court.  

Residential Services Manager, Kylie Bonney, says the initiative is a win-win for the students and the residents.  

“This program is showing students how valuable a career in aged care can be, plus it’s giving residents the opportunity to interact with a younger generation, and they just love it,” she said.  

“The residents get so excited when they know the students are coming. They’ve formed a deep bond with them,” Kylie commented.  

Most of the students, including Emily, are planning on continuing their education after they finish Year 12. “I want to go to university to become a Registered Nurse. I think I’ll choose to continue Nursing in aged care sector because I love it so much,” she said. 

To find out more about how this initiative is helping local students and Vincent Court, contact our us by calling (02) 6562 6062 or emailing