Several weeks ago, the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that schools would partially re-open meaning students in Year 11 and Year 12 would be permitted to attend school onsite after 3 weeks of remote learning from home. For QACI students, it was the end of online learning and resuming back to everyday school life.
Coming back, it was so exciting entering school and seeing all the familiar faces. For many, this was the first time we had seen our friends in over six weeks. So inevitably we had lots to catch up on. Over the break I noticed that many people had used their time creatively to learn new instruments, take up baking, write stories (and maybe even get a few assignments done).
As the dust settled following day 1, QACI is a little different due to Covid-19. Students are adjusting to new time tables, split lunches and strict social distancing rules – less hugs and high fives in the halls (sad face). The transition from online learning back to our regular routine is a work in progress. After weeks of seeing your classmates through a computer screen, it was quite bizarre seeing them sitting back at the desk opposite you.
Personally, I have been worried about how COVID-19 will affect my Year 12 results. With the Extended Essay due in two weeks and Internal Assessments beginning to pile up, the experience has been sometime overwhelming to say the least. In unprecedented times like these, we need to look at the "bigger picture" (easier said than done, I know) and reflect positively on the opportunities presented to us.
Without a doubt the isolation period was stressful and challenging, however it has also given us time to reflect. Learning from home has made me more appreciative of my friends, teachers and family. I am grateful to be back and excited to see what the rest of 2020 has in store.
...article written by Tiana Lazzaroni, Year 12