After being able to do school work in bed for three weeks, the children in south Auckland were getting into trouble when they returned to the classroom on Thursday.
Nelson’s Broadgreen Intermediate students saw him pioneering – mostly mask-free.
After 9 a.m. in Room 8, many raised their hands as teacher Kirsten Manx asked who pulled out the board games during the Cove 19 Lockdown.
Game of Life, Warship and Scrabble were among the favorites, students said, one meter from the front desk rows.
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Usually with students in groups, it feels a bit like holding an exam, Manx joked. But the mood was light.
For Rosie Gomez, 13, it was such a shock that she had to get up before 9 a.m., but she was excited to be back.
“I missed all my friends and hanging out with people. But I love being at home … spending time with my family, baking and cooking.
“Learning online was fine … sometimes it felt great to be in bed.”
None of the students were wearing face masks. Gomez brought one to school, but it remained in his bag.
“I just thought I’d stay away from other people socially, so I don’t think I need to wear it, but I will if I need to.”
Matilda McMullen, 12, decided not to wear one at school.
“Since we’re all in the same room anyway, it seems normal not to wear a mask.”
It was great to see friends again, but it was great to be able to connect with family, go out and exercise during the lockdown.
“I also found it very useful for self-guided learning, learning whenever I wanted and drinking a cup of tea.”
Coming back to school was “very common.” The need to clean her desk regularly was something she usually did.
Deputy Principal Jane Monroe said more children returned to school on Thursday than usual, with 30 children absent from the 561 roll.
“The staff is excited to come back like children,” he said.
“Everyone is happy to come back from their bubbles and reconnect with everyone.”
Some students came to school wearing masks.
“There were a lot of questions about wearing a mask.
“We said it was their choice, and it was their parents’ choice.”
“When there were masks,” said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health. Recommended in the classroom, they will not be needed., Either for teachers or students.
Masks were “strongly” encouraged in secondary schools, but only for young children.
The school’s students ranged in age from 11 to 13.
He and the teachers went straight back in and out of the lockdown, the teachers continued to learn online, and focused on well-being since the Level 4 restrictions last year.
“I think we’re probably less worried about things and less stressed because we know what to expect.”
Teachers prepared paper packs for topics covered during one term, and when the lockdown was announced last month, students were sent home with the packs.
Schools had to run a lockdown preparation day on the first day of Alert Level 4, and online learning was practiced throughout the day.
On average, 24 children returned to school in Level 3, a slight decrease from the previous year.
The real world school classroom is back for all schools outside of Auckland. But schools are expecting some extra anxiety from students, which will have to be done socially.