Sloan at the computer course in the Holy
Trinity Nursery, Longstone Street.
THEY say that you are never too old to learn,
and that is certainly the case for 100-year-old Donald Sloan jnr
who has joined up for a computer class for beginners.
Mr Sloan, a resident of Pond Park Nursing
Home is taking part in a ten week class at Holy Trinity Nursery
School in Lisburn.
He, along with five other residents from the
home, have gone back to the classroom to find out about e-mails
and learn how to surf the web.
Their first day was spent looking at the
internet with many browsing web sites to find the most expensive
house for sale in Lisburn.
Courses at the nursery have been running for
eight years aimed mainly at parents.
But one enthusiastic grandmother Ellen Drayne,
who has had 20 grandchildren attending the nursery school, asked
if she too could join. News quickly spread and soon she was
joined by four others from the home who also wanted to take
Principal Maureen Irvine spoke of the success
of the courses run at the school.
"We were very keen for them to come on
board," said Mrs Irvine. "Many of them want to find out about
computers so they can keep in touch with friends and family
"Courses here have been very successful and
obviously those taking part are telling others. The residents
have been very enthusiastic and keen, one is a former doctor. It
helps them get out and bring them back into the community."
The course runs each Thursday from 9am to
11am with residents treated to a well deserved cup of tea.
Everyone completing the course will each
receive a certificate.
For more information contact Mrs Irvine at