• Nada Elhossiny

Starting Grade 9 During COVID-19

By Olivia Heenan


Entering high school is a difficult adjustment for everyone, but for the class of 2024, this transition is like no other. This year has been a strange adjustment for all students, but today I spoke with Gwen Llewellyn, a grade nine student at Bishop Reding, who started high school in a way no one ever has before. She speaks on the highs and lows of high school, staying on top of her school work and social life, and overall, starting grade nine during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Q: What has been the most difficult part of high school so far?

A: The most difficult part of high school so far has probably been participating during online classes. It is scary sitting at home, having to interrupt to participate in class. Also, participating in class with others chime in at home is difficult. It is very different from what we have been accustomed to in previous years.

Q: What has been the most enjoyable part of high school so far?

A: I am enjoying the whole social aspect of high school a lot. I like having more people in my life. I have made new friends in different classes that have no connection to any of my friends from elementary school.

Q: How are you staying on top of your school work and social life during in-class and remote learning?

A: I try my best to remove myself from my phone when I’m doing schoolwork. If I don’t, I will get lost in what I’m doing and have trouble focusing. I do find that my weekends are the time for me to relax and hang out with my friends. I try to stay connected and see people at school.

Q: What has been the most beneficial thing BR has done to assist you in your transition into high school?

A: I found the tour around the school very helpful. Before, I had never had the opportunity to walk around. I found the tour helped me grasp the location of all my most important stops for future classes.

Q: What can other students, teachers or staff do to further assist you in your transition into high school?

A: I would like to sit down with some older students to ask questions, similar to what we did in grade eight. I now have some very different questions about how to handle school work and juggle extracurricular activities and school programs such as Younity.

Q: Lastly, what is something that you did not expect about highschool?

A: I am shocked about how quickly everything is moving. Of course, this year's schedule is different, which has some effect on how fast we are going, but it has been an adjustment that has been quite difficult.

How has COVID-19 impacted your school life?

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