The year 2020 came about with matrics looking forward to a night of glitz and glam. Little did they know their matric year would go down in history for the world facing a global pandemic.
Many Bloemfontein matrics or their parents have started to host their own private matric farewells to give 2020 learners the opportunity to not feel as though they have missed out on a milestone. Bloemfontein Courant caught up with a group of best friends who had a privately hosted matric farewell to hear what the experience was like for them.
This is what they had to say:
Michaela Kruger explained that for her the positive about being in matric in 2020 is having a different experience than all the other years but the negative is missing out on certain events and having less time with your friends. She said the night was surprisingly fun and even though they had to social distance she really enjoyed the evening. “We had to wear masks and social distancing was done through the table setup.”
Rae-Ann Herbert explained that she had an amazing evening. “We wore our masks according to the Covid rules. Social distancing was practiced by our table settings and we were only a small group of people.” She added that being in matric in 2020 has had a lot of ups and down but it has taught her a lot.
Another learner, Moné Botes, said for the private matric farewell was amazing. “For the first time in a long time, 2020 felt like a normal year and I could be teenager for a few hours.” She explained being in matric this year, was an experience that will never be forgotten.
Clarissa Lane told Bloemfontein Courant she had dreamed for this year to be so much more than just a few months of school and barely any social events. “The evening was wonderful, I had the fairytale dress a handsome date, delicious food, which was everything I dreamed of.” Being in matric in the year 2020 to her was not at all what she had expected it to be but she feels that this year has contributed to her preparation for university with online classes.