Hits and Misses: Adaptations
Zooming into the UNIS-MUN
The UNIS, in New York City, hosts an MUN conference every year. Usually, students from international schools all over the world come to New York to take part. However, this year — due to COVID — the conference had to be conducted online, via Zoom. This was Sacred Heart’s first time participating in the UNIS-MUN.
Artscape: An Art Gallery in Your Own Home
Artscape is an event that every student artist looks forward to. According to Mr. Steve Tootell, who taught art for more than 30 years in Sacred Heart, Artscape has been around for 45 years. Its first event was held in 1976; since then, Artscape has displayed over 4,000 pieces of student art.
Virtual Brain Bowl: Silent buzzing in the classroom
Besides the fact that members would be participating in the Brain Bowl at school from their computer screens instead of travelling to Zama like previous years, everything from attracting participants in the weekly Tuesday assemblies to having tryouts onsite in the AV room felt normal, at first.
Losing choral magic to efficiency
This past year has taught us that the words “COVID-19” and “extracurriculars” don’t exactly go hand in hand. This is certainly the case for the choir and Vocal Ensemble. From rehearsing in a room full of loud teenagers to being in a quiet room at home, the change in atmosphere is undeniably immense. But, is it only a change for the worse, or did some positives emerge as well?
Debating through the confines of a screen
With the Zoom application recording every move and Google Documents filled with paragraphs of arguments, the Sacred Heart Varsity Debate Team prepared for an afternoon of virtual, socially-distanced practice debates.
Limiting the orchestra: dividing to be smaller and concentrated
The most rewarding aspect of participating in Orchestra is practicing as a member of a large yet harmonious wave of sound, to perform your best and bask in the applause of a live audience. Amid COVID-19 precautions, this experience seemed a distant fantasy. With wind and brass instruments relying on breath and spit to make sound, the continuation of regular orchestra practices would have increased the spread of the air-born virus.