Covid-19 Lockdown: We talked to Jeppe Boys’ head boy, Liam Thomas
AWSUM asked Jeppe High School for Boys Head Boy, Liam Thomas, how he is coping with the lockdown.
What is the best thing about lockdown? Being able to spend quality time with family and catching up on parts of my life that I’ve neglected in the last little while.
What is the worst thing about lockdown? Missing the school environment – friends, teachers, sporting events etc. As well as having to be confined to my home without any freedom.
Have you binge watched a series since schools closed? If yes, which one? I have not binged any series, but I’m very much into watching CrossFit documentaries.
What is your school doing for online learning? Before the lockdown even started, we had Google Classroom as an online learning platform in place. The school has been putting procedures in place for the last few years and certain classes have even been using it in the last 2 years.
How are you coping with online learning? I don’t mind online learning, but I rather prefer contact learning in the classroom. I think the only thing that the school has struggled with due to the lockdown is that some teachers had not yet had courses on how to use Google Classroom. However, as soon as the lockdown started, the teachers had online courses on how to teach via Google Classroom so as not too much learning time was lost.
What are your plans for 2021? I plan on furthering my education (most likely at the University of Pretoria), studying a BCommAccounting degree.
What are you most looking forward to when lockdown ends (except for seeing your friends)? Just life returning to normal I think. I think that it’s been a real shock to the system, so I’m really looking forward to being able to go out to restaurants, be able to return back to school and enjoy my matric year etc. Just for life to be ‘normal’ again.
What message would you like to send to your fellow scholars? I think it’s vital that everyone keeps a strong mentality. I think the circumstances are very tough for most of us and people aren’t quite sure how to cope with it. It’s vital to seek help from someone if you are struggling or if you feel overwhelmed or unsure of anything. Ultimately, it’s about waiting for the storm to pass and making sure that we do as much as we can during this time to properly prepare ourselves for when life returns to normal.