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Oatley Public School students send thank you letters and videos to St George Hospital workers

Oatley Public School students have helped brighten the days of St George Hospital workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients.

The school's technology co-ordinator Sarah Kennedy said students were asked to contribute something to get behind the Adopt A Healthcare Worker - St George Hospital initiative.

"In the last week of term 3, all K-6 students were asked to create a card, poster, artwork, poem, shout-out or short video to show their appreciation of the amazing and difficult work that the healthcare workers at St George Hospital are doing for all of us to keep us safe," Mrs Kennedy said.

"This activity was included in our flexible learning plans so that all students, whether learning at home or school, could be involved and contribute."

Students could choose to complete a hard copy or a digital task.

"As the majority of students were learning from home, slide presentations for each grade were also created to showcase the digital creations," Mrs Kennedy said.

"Each slide presentation is personally introduced by one of our 2021 year 6 school leaders and there are concluding messages from our school captains."

She said the hard copy creations were gathered and posted to the hospital's acting director of nursing and midwifery Lauren Sturgess. They are now proudly on display in the hospital under a huge 'thank you' sign.

The digital versions were published to the web and sent to Ms Sturgess as Google slide decks.

"We are positive that these heart-warming presentations and the physical cards will communicate the message that we are thinking of the St George Hospital healthcare workers and appreciate them so much," Mrs Kennedy said.

"We hope that there is a way that these presentations can be shared with each section of the hospital, to watch in their breaks or at a suitable time."

Ms Sturgess said staff had been overwhelmed by the community's support.

"We were so touched to receive these beautiful and thoughtful cards from local children, so we put them on display in the atrium of the hospital where everyone can read and enjoy them," Ms Sturgess said.

Georges River councillor Sandy Grekas, who created the Adopt A Healthcare Worker - St George Hospital group on Facebook last year, said hospital staff valued the efforts of the school children.

"The school has received some wonderful feedback from hospital staff who said the cards really brightened their day," she said.

"It's a fantastic example of young citizenship in action, and [I hope] other schools will follow suit."