SECONDARY school students jumped for joy as they returned to classrooms for the first time in nine weeks today.
At Warrnambool's Brauer College 800 students donned masks to return to school under eased COVID-19 restrictions and staff distributed care packages to them as part of teachers' focus on wellbeing this week.
Year 12s have just three weeks left in classrooms following remote learning since early August and school captain Guan Bright said the return would help with motivation.
"Everyone was starting to feel the clutches of being in our own room separated, it's good to see everyone's faces again, what we can see of it," Guan said.
"It will really help with motivation being with other students."
She had a positive message to share with younger year levels, believing the pandemic had made them more independent and resilient.
"I think from here on out there will be a lot of lessons about independent learning. This is a good lesson to be taken into the future," Guan said.
School captain Tristan Gibbs said year 12s were "sticking with it" as they approached exams.
"We are on the home straight now it's been 13 years of schooling. People want to come back now and hopefully finish with a bit of a bang," Tristan said.
Brauer College principal Jane Boyle said the school's focus was on any impact to students' wellbeing since not attending campus.
"There's been student care packages delivered to them this morning, which also ties into the fact it's mental health week," Ms Boyle said.
"Some of those students won't have mixed with anybody for that period of time."
She said teachers had a strong grasp on students' academic progress.
"We were fairly fortunate that we followed our timetable. Students were into zoom sessions and we continued with our structure. For the most part students have been able to keep up with the work accordingly," Ms Boyle said.
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