St Peter’s pupils takeonline lessons in stride

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Studying solo . . . St Peter’s College head girl Emily Chamberlain (17) works on her school assignments from her home in Gore. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

For pupils at St Peter’s College it is business as usual, despite having to do their learning in lockdown.

Older pupils are still managing to earn credits towards NCEA during this period.

Head girl Emily Chamberlain (17) said that she and her peers were coping well with their NCEA assessments.

“It’s pretty much all sorted,” Emily said.

“Everything can be done online.”

Stress about the unusual situation did not seem to be much of an issue, she said.

“Everyone seems good.

“We are in constant contact on social media.”

At present she was working on three NCEA level three internal assessments.

This included a physical education assessment.

“It is about the physics of movement when you do something like hit a ball.

“There is a lot of theory you can still do.

“If we’re in lockdown for longer, that would be a problem for PE.”

The teachers were being supportive of the pupils, Emily said.

Principal Tara Quinney said pupils were coping well with learning in lockdown.

“They are amazing,” Mrs Quinney said.

St Peter’s was a “Bring your own device school”, and the pupils were already savvy users of technology.

Pupils attended each class once a week via video using Microsoft Team.

“We also have form class once a week just to check on their wellbeing.

“Most NCEA deadlines are the same.

“There are mechanisms to extend but no›one has taken one yet.”

The teachers were still able to do a lot, she said.

“They are showing so much creativity and innovation.

“A music teacher recorded himself playing as a video tutorial.

“A graphics teacher recorded his hands drawing.”

Practical subjects like science and PE were trickier and would be tweaked when everyone was back.

“We will have double periods to make it up.

Level 3 would be similar to Level 4 for St Peter’s, she said.

“People will have to stay in the same room.

“There will be a maximum bubble of 10.

“Whatever is going on at home is the same as at school.”

Pupils would be disappointed that the school’s sports and cultural events had been postponed, Mrs Quinney said.

However Emily saw the positive side to lockdown happening in her last year.

“Studying independently is getting us ready for what it will be like at uni,” she said.