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Being a Prefect During a Pandemic

There is no denying that it has been a strenuous year for everyone around the world and that lots of things have changed. With this pandemic came MANY obstacles that the prefect team had to overcome such as running activities from six-feet apart.  

When I first came to Albert College, I never pictured myself becoming a prefect because I just did not see it in me. It is safe to say that this school has shaped me into the person that has achieved this dream. When I knew I was going to be a prefect for the 2020-21 school year, I thought by the time September rolled around, the pandemic would be behind us and things would be back to normal. However, this clearly was not the case.  

Being a prefect during this pandemic has helped me improve my adaptability since I, along with the rest of the prefect team, had to adjust everything we did to meet the COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols. Coming from experience, I can tell you it is not always easy to come up with ideas that are fun and also complies with, what seems like a million, rules to keep everyone safe.  

Despite these difficulties, the prefects have worked hard to maintain school spirit and keep morale high during these tough times. When we were learning in person, the prefect team would meet once a week to discuss new and creative activities to run at the school. Some examples of these were the outdoor water games in September, and the spirit week in March when we ran some fun activities for each cohort separately. During the two online learning periods, after Christmas and after spring break, we came up with virtual events to keep students connected. During our third (and hopefully final) online learning period in May, Myron (the Active Citizenship Prefect) and Judah (a Grade 11 student and incoming prefect in 2021-22) ran a virtual cooking class for Albert College students and families. It was a fundraiser for the Gleaners Food Bank and a great opportunity for students and families to come together as the Albert College family to have some fun. Everyone had a good time and the event raised over $200 for the Food Bank!  

To sum up this school year in a nutshell… it has been complicated and educational. The prefects have been able to overcome many challenges to create the best year possible for everyone at Albert College. We have also gained plenty of knowledge and experience to take with us and apply in our future (hopefully not virtually).

Alina, Grade 12 Student and Enrolment Prefect