"Talk about shaking up the snow globe, it really was a case of turning education upside down from the way we've traditionally delivered things."
Chatham High School principal Daryl Irvine has reflected on the impact the coronavirus crisis continues to have on the school and the Australian education system.
He said staff have gone above and beyond to ensure students can continue lessons online via Google Classroom or learning packs.
"To say the staff have taken the challenge and run with it is an understatement," Mr Irvine said.
"They really responded to the challenge of being able to deliver packages of work first of all in hard copy form and then gradually work with families about jumping online.
"For a lot of families seeing technology used like that for the first time in their home and us walking side-by-side with those families has just been inspiring.
"We've seen professional growth from our own staff and families reengaging with education and I can't say anything other than inspiring."
In the early stages of the lockdown, the school debuted the 'Griffin Express'.
Here, learning support officers and paraprofessional staff visited families to ensure students were settled into their new working from home environment.
"Especially during the early days of the lockdown we were able to have a yarn over the fence about how kids were travelling at home, how the home environment was, give suggestions about setting up a work space at home, talk about the package of learning that was being delivered and what was to come next and really putting a personal face to it rather than just a package arriving in the post," Mr Irvine said.
On May 11, the school began to return to face-to-face learning.
Year 12 will now be at school every day bar Tuesdays, year 11 has two days while the other grades are allocated one day.
Mr Irvine said the staggered return worked well for staff and students.
"We were a little bit worried about how kids were going to respond to coming back on site and were they feeling worried about the learning they had missed and naturally apprehensive about coming back in," Mr Irvine said.
"In general, everyone has loved it."
The early stages of the students' return to class will focus on engaging them with the basics of their subjects and providing an opportunity for feedback on how they've coped during the lockdown.
Mr Irvine said this approach hasn't put a pause on curriculum.
From Monday May 25, students are set to return to the classroom full time.
Senior students have remained in contact with careers and year advisers to complete university admissions.
"We've got a great array of kids who are already accessing early entry to university," Mr Irvine said.
"That's been a really positive thing to help spread the word that kids will get where they want to go and they'll leave the halls of Chatham better than when they came in."
Before students returned, staff wanted to ensure the school was COVID-19 compliant. Social distancing and hand hygiene was also a priority.
"They've taken that challenge on and kids have been fantastic, really sensible about how they've approached that and come back in and reengage with their peers," Mr Irvine said.
"I think a refocus on learning has been the really exciting part."
The school has opened up more areas for students to have recess and lunch.
"We obviously need more space so areas like the oval wouldn't have ordinarily be an area they can just roam on through the recess break," Mr Irvine said.