How have year 12 students fared finishing high school during a generation-defining pandemic?
Senior writer Tim Elliott spoke to nine HSC and VCE students from a range of backgrounds across NSW and Victoria for our featured story this week: “Class of 2021 – Finishing school in a global pandemic”. The students discussed their friends and families as well as their hopes, longings, struggles and fears.
Joining Elliott on Good Weekend Talks to discuss this cohort is The Sydney Morning Herald education editor Jordan Baker, and moderating the discussion is Katrina Strickland, the editor of Good Weekend.
The episode covers everything from the intensity of teenage school stress and anxiety magnified by the uncertainty of a pandemic (and the various “life hacks” students employed to mitigate their monotony) to the grief that comes with missing out on real and imagined rites of passage.
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For the full feature story, see Saturday’s Good Weekend, or visit The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Brisbane Times.
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