Back to school for 11-year-old George

Last updated: 8 September, 2021

George struggled during the pandemic. Not being able to go to school, not being able to see friends and not getting the full learning experience. George is looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things and getting some experiences he’s not been able to get during the pandemic.  

The past 18 months have been quite hard. The pandemic has affected me as I have not been able to go to school to carry on learning and see my friends as much I could have when Covid was not around. I feel like I have not been able to do all of the things that I think we need to do to be as good as we can be in the future.  

I do think it would have been better for to me to be in school. That way, I could be with my teachers and they could explain what we were doing. At home, I think parents would not be able to explain something as well as a teacher could. 

When we went back to school it was different because we had class bubbles and we did not get to see our friends as much as when we were not in the bubbles before lockdown. We were able to go on the playground, but we had to be separated from the other year six classes and it was the same for the other classes. I had friends from the other classes that I enjoyed playing with before the bubbles came in, that I could not play with.  

I think the toughest challenge I faced during the pandemic was not being able to go to school, not doing all of my learning at school and not seeing my friends. I’ve enjoyed spending more time with my family, but I’m looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things about school and hoping to get to experience new things I have not done before.

George Alpin

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