Unique physically-distanced class photos for 2020


Compiled by C. ARUNO and ASHLEY TANG

WITH the help of some photo editing, a primary school in Alor Setar, Kedah, came up with a creative way to produce physically-distanced class photos for 2020 (pic), reports Sin Chew Daily.

The most eye-catching ones were the Year One classes at SJK(C) Keat Hwa (K) where pupils appear to be sitting inside boxes stacked on top of each other.

In reality, photos of each pupil sitting in boxes were taken individually and later stitched together with photo-editing software.

The idea was the brainchild of school alumnus and photographer Zhang Tian Hao, 43, who enlisted the help of a team of parents as volunteers for the photoshoot.

They had to come up with a way to take class photos while ensuring that physical-distancing procedures were followed, he said.

The editing process took two months, Tian Hao added.

Within two weeks, they managed to complete the entire photoshoot for 24 classes with a total of 865 students while adhering to Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

Each batch of pupils had a different theme, with Year One being boxes, Year Two being photo frames, Year Three being grasslands, Year Four being recycling, Year Five being a gravel stone wall, and Year Six being a tree for every person.

According to Parent-Teacher Association chairman Zhang Wen Zhe, the school did not want pupils to miss out on the experience of taking and keeping class photos due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When the photos were uploaded on Facebook, it is said to have received more than 100,000 views in just a few short hours, breaking all its previous records.



The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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