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28 May

Extra Long Distance Learning

While all of our students have made the transition to At-Home-Learning, not all have had to overcome long-distance obstacles like one of our Year 8 students. Jasnoorpreet, currently in lockdown in India due to the global pandemic, was interviewed by Homeroom Teachers Mr Phil Ryan and Mrs Linda Karman, and Year 7-8 Coordinator Mr Barry Ibrahim.

 

Firstly, can you tell us why were you in India?

We came over her for a holiday, as it was my aunts’ wedding.

When did the news come that you were not able to come home?
We were going to come back on 28th of March, but the lockdown happened, and we found out then.

How did that make you feel?
I was shocked and surprised and didn’t know what to do. We were only planning to be here for one month.

What did you think about when you found out you couldn’t come back to school?
That I wouldn’t be able to see my teachers and my friends, and that I would be behind in all my classes.

You were obviously concerned about how you would keep up with school, what kinds ways did you think you could learn from overseas?  Were you thinking about that at all?
I thought we could plan through Canvas, but at that time we didn’t have any internet. We decided to get internet over here so I could attend my classes.

Your parents helped you by getting internet organised for you. Was it complicated to get that installed?
It was complicated because it was during the lockdown. The technician kept procrastinating to install it, so it took a few weeks.

We have heard that you start at a different time to the rest of us here on a regular school day, and it is very different weather. Can you tell us what time you start and finish school each day, and what the weather has been like?
The weather is really hot. I wake up at 4am and start school at 4:15am. I finish school at 11:30am. This means I can still stay in touch with teachers and have time to ask questions. 

What has been the best thing about learning online?
I have been able to work on the subjects that I really like after school, because I have more time to do them. My days are longer since I wake up at 4am.

What was the hardest thing about learning from India?
Keeping up with the time difference and waking up at 4am.

We are intrigued by how you have been working through the obstacles. As you study, how do you keep yourself motivated?
I have read some motivational speeches that say the first step is the hardest. I don’t want to waste my time watching YouTube all day, I want to do things that educate me.

Have you found the teachers have been helpful you during this difficult time? Have they been communicating with you via other ways to keep you up to date?
They have been understanding of the time difference, and have been keeping in touch through email, conferences, and in Canvas.

Have you been resting more because you are getting up so early?
Yes, when I finish school at 11am, I sleep for two hours and then I get up again.

What other things have you been able to do? Are you allowed to go for walks with your family?

No, but the lockdown recently lifted to enable us to go shopping for short periods. We have a balcony upstairs so we can go up there to sit or go for walks. Some of the things I have been doing the most is art, crafts, painting, drawing.

What is the biggest thing that you have learnt about yourself during this hard time?
That I can accomplish anything!

What are you most looking forward to when you get back to school?
That not all schoolwork will feel like homework. Seeing my friends and hanging out with them.

Is there anything that you would say to those who might be struggling with this/ What would you say to encourage others?
If you want a better future, stay determined, do the hard work and in the future, it will be good for you.

 

We wish Jasnoorpreet all the best as she and her family wait for the opportunity to return to Australia.