Let’s show them we care

During this time of potential stress for our treasured doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, we want to share our appreciation for all that they do for us.

We call it our IGS Gratitude Project!  

We know that giving thanks can also improve our own psychological wellbeing, and make us feel happier, particularly in times of uncertainty. By helping our children focus on gratitude right now, we can give them a positive sense that they are part of something bigger than themselves. The simple act of saying thank you can also give them a voice and a sense of agency. 

In that light, I’m hoping you might like to participate in this gratitude project with your child during the upcoming break as we say thanks to Sydney’s amazing healthcare workers.

Next Steps 

Simply record a video of thanks or hold up a sign saying thank you and take a photo

You can take a photo of your child with a thank you sign, or create a short video message of gratitude.

Instructions for video: 

– Use your phone horizontally when filming 
– Ensure lighting is in front of, rather than behind your child (to avoid creating shadows)
– Record for a maximum of 15 seconds
– Try to aim for minimal background noise so we can hear your message clearly. 

Please send photos and videos of thanks to: juliag@igssyd.nsw.edu.au (please note we may publish these to our social media and on our website too!). We will ensure they are sent to RNS, RPAH, POW, St Vincent’s and other local hospitals so the staff there can enjoy them. 

You may also wish to include a message of thanks in one of the IGS languages (or in your home language) in your video or on the sign your child holds up in their photo: Merci! Gracias! Danke! Arigato gozaimasu! Grazie! Xièxie! 

Feel free to contact Julia Glass with any questions you may have about this new initiative. Please submit photos/videos by Friday 17 April. 

Thank you for your support of our dedicated medical and health care staff. Anything we can do to show them we care, will, I’m sure, be a source of strength for them in the coming days. 

Warm regards and take care

Shauna Colnan