Janette Barnett is our student of the year
She is a very energetic student, joining five programs since first coming to the house in early 2018 and guess what – last year she turned 90!
Janette moved to Flemington in early 2018 and first heard about KNH by going to the Kensington Recreation Centre to swim in the first month of moving to the area. She asked staff about other local programs and they handed her our brochure, so she gave us a call. Janette first joined our Wednesday Social Lunch Group and has attended the weekly lunch and bingo games since then, as well as the monthly day trips to regional Victoria.
Janette is also a regular at our Tuesday Night Social program and has attended the monthly night out more than any other member since joining two years ago. This program brings older people together for a social night out to watch a film at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville and have dinner, also picking up and dropping participants home. Janette loves watching art house and foreign films. She often attends the ACMI and Treasury Theatres to watch matinee films in the city and has been watching SBS movies whilst currently staying home.
For many years Janette was an avid golf and tennis player. She also enjoyed swimming regularly. When Janette started to get arthritis she began exploring other activities. She enrolled in our Active Seniors program in 2019 that enabled participants to try a variety of classes. On a few occasions she was the only attendee at the Latin dance classes, outlasting those much younger than her! When the steps became too complicated she found moving to the beats in the music useful to stay coordinated. Janette understands the importance of prioritising her health and wellbeing: “You just have to keep active – both socially and physically active”.
Janette has attended our Social Inclusion Week lunches for the past two years. Always willing to help, Janette supported the KNH team with setting up the 2019 event and was there at the end for clean up too, washing dishes. She also attends our Seniors Internet Café on Friday afternoons, learning new digital skills and exploring new interests on her iPad.
When told she was KHN student of the year Janette responded: “I’m lost for words – and it is not often that this happens! This is a big surprise, thank you.”
Janette’s willingness to give new things a go is inspiring to us, and she is a living example of a key principle KNH strives for – to facilitate life-long learning. Thank you Janette for being part of our Kensington Neighbourhood House community.