Alpine Observer

Learning to improvise amid lockdown disappoint­ment

- By KELLIE SHEPPARD

TAWONGA Primary School students have taken a different approach to learning after the lockdown COVID restrictio­ns placed their annual ski program on hold.

Packed and ready to hit the slopes, students were devastated to learn that their annual term three ski program had, again, been suspended.

Despite the Department of Education allowing students to attend excursions, the restrictio­ns around shared facilities and requiremen­t for COVID testing made it impossible for the program to go ahead as planned.

“The ski program is a definite highlight for our students and they were so excited to be going this year,” principal Kim Franzke said.

“With 100 percent participat­ion of our grade three to six students, we had quite a lot of disappoint­ed kids.”

Instead of succumbing to the sadness though, Ms Franzke took the opportunit­y to provide her students with a fun lesson in improvisat­ion and adapting to difficult situations.

“We couldn’t go to the snow, but we could still teach the children other important aspects such as putting on their gear and doing up boots along with basic skiing balance skills," she said.

“We borrowed roller skis from the Birkebeine­r Nordic

Ski Club and had the younger students practice on carpet inside the buildings with the older ones outside in the school yard."

Though this provided a fun distractio­n, Ms Franzke has still been working out the logistics for a condensed program to continue moving forward.

“All of the adults who accompany the students on these trips have agreed to be tested in line with the requiremen­ts for entry to the resort prior to our next excursion, but it essentiall­y means that we all have to tag one another in rotation off the school campus,” she said.

“It’s a logistical nightmare and it would be so much easier to just throw our hands in the air and say it’s all too hard but the health and wellbeing of our students is a top priority and cancelling would be too hard on them.”

 ??  ?? A DIFFERENT APPROACH: Tawonga Primary School students (from left) Charlotte Ryder, Jai Redmond, Grace Shaban, Emily Macklan, Eddy Franzke and Rock McLean enjoyed learning to ski despite not being able to go to the snow.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH: Tawonga Primary School students (from left) Charlotte Ryder, Jai Redmond, Grace Shaban, Emily Macklan, Eddy Franzke and Rock McLean enjoyed learning to ski despite not being able to go to the snow.

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