EGS staff share brief insights into their lockdown lives

12 May 2020 - 11:30

Some EGS staff share brief insights into their lockdown lives

This series of brief insights aims to be just a glimpse into the varied lives of some of the EGS staff during lockdown. We know that everyone is experiencing this moment differently, and that there will not be a single view or a single experience. Indeed this moment has thrown our different experiences to light in ways we did not expect. We hope here to share some of our own insights, our daily trials, small moments of joy, or of sadness, or the unexpected, as we have been confined to our homes, on our own, or with families, teaching children, holding our heads together, and moving to emergency remote teaching.



Gina Ziervogel: Lockdown has been a time of ups and downs, expansions and contractions for me. So much of what it brings is hard - the personal challenge of managing home schooling, kids who want to get out and not just be with their parents, cooking, cleaning and washing and trying to learn all the VULA tricks whilst trying to write papers. And the bigger challenges it brings are heavy too - watching so many people unable to secure their livelihoods and get food to eat, and others who are watching friends and family fall ill and die. But the ups have been good too - more time with my kids, more time to reflect on my inner life, a slowing down and appreciating what I have. 

Shari Daya: Our new rhythms are sometimes strangely lovely and sometimes bleak. With two small humans running the show, our days are punctuated by snacks, games and kitchen discos. In between, we fit in online school, emails, Zoom meetings and other work. We've had sourdough starter-failures and cinnamon bun-successes, but although there's so much more time at home than before, somehow so much less gets done. 

Sharon Adams: As an administrator working from home has been very challenging especially with technical problems.  A normal day at the office includes fixing the photocopier etc and my best chit chatting.  Yesterday I attended on-line p-card training which was a disaster for me personally:).  I guess on a more positive note I managed to get a new hairstyle which lasted for more than a month.


Zarina Patel: I remind myself daily to proceed with ‘care, grace, simplicity and flexibility’ – it’s jolly difficult!!!!

We are living through the 21st Century version of ‘all that is solid melts into air’ – I realise now just how much we took certainty for granted.

Living in my suspended reality in leafy suburbia is false security for things to come – I am scared - for myself, my family, and my country.

My students give me hope – their determination to keep going, despite their own hardships, is inspiring. Thank you to the EPP class of 2020.


Kirsten Day: I never thought I would actually be grateful to have a teen around the house all the time - in fact he has been promoted to Executive IT Consultant.

I really miss the faces of my students - my dog has been the stand-in audience for so many PowerPoint voiceover ‘re-takes' that by now she could qualify for an Honours degree.

Learning about screencasts and googledocs is probably less important than learning about not taking anything for granted.


Jore von Holdt: I’ve really enjoyed some great Forum discussions taking place with the students. I wish we could have these face-to-face and can just imagine how lively these in person interactions would have been! 


Pippin Anderson:  At the end of the first week since class went back had a student write to me and say she just wanted me to know she had hated the paper I had set for a class exercise. I was so pleased, so delighted to know there was someone out there! It was like getting a sign of life while stranded on an island. I am finding this emergency remote teaching so hard. When you stand up in front of a room full of students something extra happens. Someone asks a question, or you make a connection to a headline you saw that morning on the way into work, or someone shares a view that relates the material to another course. And so, the information is woven in and out of the people in the room and the world outside. How do you get that thing, that circumstantial texture, often rendered spontaneously, into online learning? This is one of the things I have been wrestling with.