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23 December 2020
BY DYLAN DE JONG
Online technology used at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be both a saviour and major learning opportunity for Warracknabeal Primary School students in their final year.
When year-six students felt the pinch of remote learning due to the pandemic, they were determined to revitalise some normality in their school year.
School captains Macie Nitschke, Zeik Clark, Elsa Byron and Lauren Clyne took the challenge head on and used technology to help with their weekly speeches and organise virtual versions of school activities.
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Earlier this year, the school captains collaborated to create an Anzac video that was shared to the community via the school’s social media and website.
Staff edited together a video of each captain reading a verse of a poem – in previous years the captains would lay a wreath on behalf of the school at Warracknabeal’s annual Anzac ceremony.
Students also hosted assemblies via a live-video link through social media after physical assemblies were cancelled due to the pandemic.
Each Monday morning, the captains and principal Ben Tait went ‘live’ to provide updates, celebrate student successes and announce certificate recipients.
Zeik said his fellow captains were determined to not miss out on a chance to build their public speaking and leadership skills.
“Going live was a nerve-wracking thing to do, but once we had done it a few times I felt more confident,” he said.
Elsa and Lauren had an opportunity to read out the names of students who received reading certificates, to celebrate the work they were doing at home, via video link.
Mr Tait said on return to on-site programs, the school and house captains organised a ‘tabloid sport day’.
He said the day provided students with a much-needed morale boost and a chance to work together following a challenging start to the year.
“The captains presented to me the idea of a tabloid sports day where all students could have a fun day,” he said.
“All our year-six students led sports activities for the other year levels.
“The day itself was one of the best examples of student leadership and collaboration across the whole school I have had the pleasure to be involved with.”
Macie said the virtual activities provided her with an opportunity to enjoy the experience of her final year of primary school.
“It was great to have a celebration day and a chance to be a leader,” she said.
“Remote learning has taken away many opportunities, but we made the most of this.”
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