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Keeping up spirits with Noah and McKenzie-Kohl

The new head boy and head girl at a school have plans to keep up the community spirit while remote learning is in place.

Noah da Silva and McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett, both 16, will help co-ordinate online social activities while shelter-in-place regulations are in force as part of their new responsibilities at Warwick Academy.

The pupils were chosen for the positions last month and became acting head boy and head girl today.

They will also be the first head boy and head girl in the school to shoulder such a responsibility.

Noah, from Warwick, said: “The main thing that we're trying to do here is just reinforce the Warwick Academy community.

“Since everybody's so dispersed, it can be hard to feel like a cohesive unit and have that school environment that we're used to, so we're trying to add some normality and keep some school spirit up.”

Noah said that the first goal was to introduce the new “student leaders”, which included the deputy head boys and girls, with a series videos.

He explained: “We're going to ask them each questions and do little interviews, then spread short video clips of those interviews throughout the school.

“That way, students can see their student leaders, the leaders can be appreciated and the student will know what they stand for.”

Noah added that a sense of belonging was one of the most important ways to help pupils to learn.

He said: “You can theoretically get an education by sitting in a dark room and memorising, but it's much better if you're alongside your friends communicating and speaking together.

“By bringing together the school and reinforcing that sense of school spirit and solidarity in everyone, I hope that we can relight the fire and say to everyone ‘you're not alone'.”

McKenzie-Kohl, from St George's, said that the two planned to join the Ministry of Health's “Who are you Protecting?” campaign as another way to promote togetherness.

She explained that Warwick Academy pupils of all ages would be asked to take 15 seconds to talk about who they wanted to protect during the shelter-in-place regulations.

McKenzie-Kohl added: “We'll put those all together in a Warwick Academy video.

“The whole point is just to have the communication and connect all of our students during this time.”

McKenzie-Kohl and Noah trained alongside the current head boy and head girl after the school was shut down as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They hope to hold virtual activities such as a bingo night hosted by the pupil leaders to help connect with the junior years at the school.

She said that she and Noah were prepared to keep virtual bonding techniques running for as long as needed.

McKenzie-Kohl added: “I think that it is our role as leaders to try and make this as smooth as possible.

“Of course, this is something that's going to change the way that we have school, but we want to maintain some sort of normalcy for students.

“We're just trying to maintain and support positivity throughout the student body.”

Leading from the front: Noah da Silva and McKenzie-Kohl Tuckett

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Published April 20, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 20, 2020 at 7:32 am)

Keeping up spirits with Noah and McKenzie-Kohl

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