To the class of 2020, coming into our final year of high school under the covid-19 rules school is just not quite the same. At this unusual time, many students will be undertaking online learning which for many of us it will be a different approach to our usual learning. Being at home while completing work can become distracting, unmotivating and stressful when the work starts to pile up. One thing we don’t want to happen is to be stressed in our final year of highschool.

Throughout this blog post I will give 4 tips that have helped me tackle my final year of highschool through lockdown or isolation.

1.  My first tip would be to stay organised. Being organised is definitely the key to achieving what you want. Make a calendar or schedule and write down your classes for everyday. A way I find myself being more productive is to make things look pretty (sounds silly I know) but to colour coordinate each subject a different colour. For example, english is pink and then I know I have to complete that on that particular day etc. Another tip I find useful to being more productive and organised is making a to-do list. This is a very simple way to get school work done by writing it down and the due date so you can work backwards and write down how much time you are going to need to complete your work. Have a tidy desk or work space, put your phone on silent and remove any other distractions you may have around you to keep your focus clear.

2. Stay self-motivated. Being stuck at home, it is something that as students we have never gone through before so everyone has to have the adaptability to work from home. This includes whether or not you are a day student or a boarder. If you are a boarder, a tip I would suggest is that you keep routine and do prep the same time you usually would at the hostel. If you are a day student, making a routine you stick to daily will help you have the motivation to do your work. Staying motivated is different for everyone, some people may be more motivated than others you just have to have a positive mindset. Another tip I would suggest to keep motivated is to find your drive. Think about the things that make you want to do your work. Credits, to feel a sense of achievement or simply just to get good marks. For example, a thing that is going to keep me motivated during lockdown, especially in my last year of highschool is getting enough credits that pass university criteria that will get me into my chosen courses.

3. stay connected with your peers. This is the final year everyone will be together, before everyone makes their own decisions on what they want to do after high school. As we aren’t able to be sitting in class in front of a teacher or next to our peers, messaging our friends for help before emailing a teacher is a lot quicker. Your friends may also be able to explain it in a way that you would understand it. Even though we have to keep our distance, flicking your mates a text message asking how they are or what they are upto only takes 2 minutes out of your day. Also connecting via Zoom, Houseparty and Facetime are good ways to see your friends. You could use this time for studying together or working on a project you may have been doing at school. 

4. Stop stressing.  We are all in the same boat. Stressing about school work often leads to procrastination which means school work is put off and you stress about it for longer. A way to not be stressed is to take breaks for yourself. For example, a way I find is really helpful is to set a timer for an hour at which I do work then I have a 15-30 minute break doing whatever I choose. Some ideas could be doing some exercise, making a snack or scrolling through online shopping…Something I am doing during lockdown on top of all my school work is volunteering in my local community called the “Student Army” it is an organisation that helps deliver groceries and medical supplies to people over 70. This is something that is totally not school related but enables me to have a break from my desk and give help to others around me. 


Overall, during lockdown we still have to do school work and complete our final year of highschool whether we like it or not. It is different but I strongly believe that if you put your mind to it you are able to achieve anything you want. Find your drive and do the best you can. I hope you are able to take something away from these 4 tips and just enjoy the rest of 2020!. 


Start now, not tomorrow.


Written by, Beth Anderson, National Leadership Camp 2019 attendee.




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Through Burn Bright, I have met many students and volunteers who are all seeking to find their place in the world. When we come together at NLC or SLC, no matter our age, we begin on the same page, of wanting to do good for ourselves, our community, and the world. And then we are thrown into a program that brings us closer to each other, our purpose, and how to bring forth this impact. It’s like having your cake and eating it too.

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I have learned skills in videography, worked for a top-tier corporation in marketing, and most recently published a book called “18 and lost? So were we” 

I have a passion for storytelling, bring loads of energy wherever I go, and am dedicated to helping young people move through the initiation of leaving high school and going into the ‘real world’. 

The best part for me is being able to stay connected to the latest generation growing through high school. To see them grow, expand and express more of themselves is like watching an artwork paint itself. It’s magic.

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Since my initial connection to Burn Bright I have been onboard with their mission. Burn Bright’s focus on building the capabilities enables students of all ages to see how they can shape their world through connections with others and their own self discovery.

Seeing others grow, learn, and open up is what keeps me coming back, to help others realise their potential and how they can influence their future and their community is a definite highlight. It’s infectious, the atmosphere when they run a program or camp is welcoming, exciting, emotional, and rewarding all in one.



Hi, friends! I’m Kelsie, a psychologist from central QLD working in private practice. I got involved with Burn Bright officially in 2016, but the journey started long before that. I attended the National Leadership Camp (now hosted annually by Burn Bright) in 2009. It had such a profound impact on me that I returned as a mentor and volunteer. Those connections ultimately lead me to joining the Burn Bright team as an adult.

When I transitioned from facilitating with the Burn Bright team to working as a psychologist, I was so grateful for an incredible foundation of skills (particularly facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills) along with a strong grounding in positive psychology that Burn Bright integrates into their ethos.

I can’t imagine my life without volunteering for Burn Bright. I have met some of my dearest friends through the Burn Bright crew. I’ve found that volunteering for BB is rewarding, humbling, and often brings as much personal growth for the volunteer as it does for the young person.

From a professional perspective, I love that Burn Bright programs/camps support the adolescent individuation process by providing an exciting and supportive environment for teens to explore their own sense of self, personality, identify and values alongside other young people.

Imagine this POV: you’re back at school wanting to figure everything out and fit in – and you find
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My start at Burn Bright is one of the best cases of one door closing and another door opening. After losing my job at a local pub while on uni holidays, I started looking for new opportunities that were different and decided to volunteer. Searching for opportunities, I found working bees, community driving and nursing home visits, but the chance to become a National Leadership Camp intern stood out. Over nearly six months, I worked with the team to pull off Burn Bright’s first National Leadership Camp, and had an absolute blast in the process. After camp, I started working for Burn Bright while studying, doing anything and everything — data analysis, hiring strategy and even picking up furniture.

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Since then I have been a mentor for the Perth College Leadership Camp in 2019, 2020, and 2021 and had the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Camp in 2019. When Burn Bright comes to Perth I also love helping out at their programs as much as I can.

Volunteering for Burn Bright has given me so much that I could never have imagined. I have learned so much about myself and I have so much more confidence in myself and my abilities that I know I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t exposed to the amazing opportunities volunteering for Burn Bright has given me. Before being involved I would never have seen myself being a mentor, role model, and facilitator to students, but now I can confidently say that I am, and I have made an impact on others that I am proud of. I have also made so many meaningful connections to so many amazing people from all around Australia through Burn Bright. I get asked quite a bit why I keep coming back to my old school to volunteer and it’s simply because I was given this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Burn Bright programs and if I can help facilitate that experience to someone else then why wouldn’t I?

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Following retirement in 2016 I searched for an organisation that was aligned with my values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space. This search led to Burn Bright where I am now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp. Volunteering with Burn Bright gives me a great deal of hope and confidence in the next generation of leaders. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Burn Bright family.

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The Burn Bright team are dedicated, inclusive and values-driven, which is why I love working with them.