Not Gen Z, Gen Zoom

Being school leaders in 2020 didn’t pan out quite the way they imagined, writes Kotara South Public School captains Elodie and Ben.

25 September 2020
Female and male student wearing blue and yellow school uniform stand in front of mural with words We Aim to Achieve.
Image: A lot of time spent in the principal’s office: Elodie and Ben enjoyed learning how to run virtual assemblies.

When we found out we were going to be the school captains of 2020 we went from being very excited to having a mini heart attack.

We heard about all the jobs and responsibilities from the leadership team of 2019 and we couldn’t wait to get started.

We were looking forward to going out into the community, showing off our blazers and badges and representing our school. But our year of leadership didn’t go to plan.

A lot of leadership traditions were cancelled, but on the positive many new opportunities were brought our way.

We spent a lot of time in the principal’s office but not for misbehaving … it was because of the new zoom assemblies. We took many photos and videos on our first whole school zoom meeting because it was very different and exciting.

Really, our generation isn’t Gen Z it’s Gen Zoom, because beside holding virtual assemblies we also have to do our high school transition through zoom. That will be fun but also hard because it will mean we will start high school without ever going to the school. This makes us a little nervous and unsure of what next year will be like.

Even though our leadership day was cancelled as well as our sporting activities, we got a lot more feedback and time with our teachers while learning from home.

Our Year 6 farewell will be different as well because this year it won’t be at our local sporting club, it will be at our school. Last year as Year 5s we got to join the Year 6s and get a taste of what it would have been like. This year we won’t get to dance with our parents, but looking at it from a positive angle that leaves more room on the dance floor for us to do the worm.

It would be really easy to say that this year sucked, but really it has been quite fun and unique. There has been many firsts and things that next year’s school captains won’t be able to experience such as home learning and zoom meetings.

There have been many disruptions, but we are extremely grateful that we have been able to go through this. This iconic year will be remembered forever.

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