ABC news featuring Bentleigh Secondary College

Bentleigh Secondary College principal Helene Hiotis believes her students have become more resilient after being forced to study from home. (ABC Melbourne: Kristian Silva)

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Assemblies, plays, and house sport is unlikely to occur at Bentleigh Secondary College for the foreseeable future.

Worse still, the formal has been cancelled and year 12 schoolies' plans have been thrown into disarray.

Hugs and high-fives have also been swapped for elbow bumps and foot shakes.

But school captains Tia Lambas and Bayden Hill remain upbeat and thrilled to be reunited with their classmates after weeks of learning from home.

"During that time we were aiming to keep everybody connected. Although we aren't physically connected we still have people to lean on virtually," Tia said.
"We also wanted our fellow peers to feel as if they were being heard."

Bayden believes students' motivation and results will improve now they are back on campus, but said there were some benefits to the lockdown, allowing some to study more without having to commute to school.

"As year 12s you get a lot of your motivation, enthusiasm, and ideas off each other, and it gives you that push to keep going," he said.

For principal Helene Hiotis the sound of kids in the hallways again is reassuring and reminds her why she loves her job.

While she remains wary of the risk of an outbreak, Ms Hiotis has confidence in the school's hygiene precautions and social distancing measures.

"The class of 2020 will really be known as the COVID kids," she said with a laugh.

"Kids have become more resilient because of this pandemic."

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