There will be a time in the months ahead when our politicians decide to consider the creation of a special honour or award for all those who have contributed to Australia’s apparent success in keeping the COVID-19 pandemic at bay and in check. No doubt the researchers, front-line doctors and nurses, the testers, the health and security officials, the military people, and all those involved in helping us through the main crisis will gain a suitable lasting recognition. But there is another group we should not forget. This includes all the high school children who battled to complete their education under the most trying of conditions. In addition there are all those teachers and support people who helped them though. We’ve heard some of the stories but there are thousands of stories of how the kids got through a life-changing event. It is these stories which will live on for a generation or more in the minds of those who did the hard yards.

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