The Coronavirus pandemic brought about anxiety, confusion, and negativity in a very short period of time. Lockdown was imposed, we were sent away from the boarding house back to our homes and I found myself holed up in this sleepy, little village. Initially I found it hard to make my days more interesting but hanging out more with my sister helped me come up with creative ways to have fun.
My sister, who’s been away at university in the States, was forced to come home because of the pandemic and conveniently got a new car, which I was elated about! From then on I began my continuous pestering for McDonalds drive-thru, as soon as it re-opened. We have also been on many walks, trying to find new spots where we live, which to me feels like the middle of nowhere.
I've also been learning childhood street games that my parents used to play in India. The game ‘Satolia’ (Seven Stones) consists of two teams: one must build a small tower out of stones, and the other team tries to prevent them from rebuilding it once they've knocked it over with a soft ball. The first team must rebuild it without getting tagged by the other team. It may sound easy but you get really exhausted after a couple of rounds! Because we have been blessed with such amazing weather, I’ve spent most of my evenings playing this with my family, once my parents get back home from work.
Baking is another thing I have really been enjoying during my free time. My sister has introduced me to lots of cool new recipes to try out and I've experimented more. I enjoy baking as it de-stresses me but, more importantly, I get to eat all the sweet food I make.
Even though I miss being at school with my friends, my time at home has allowed me to reconnect with my family, especially with my sister, even though she still gets on my nerves sometimes.
19th January 2021
Starting the spring term, known as Common Time, in the UK's third national lockdown, one of Winchester's Head Boys encourages the whole school community to keep mentally healthy by setting personal goals, remaining physically active, and participating in the challenges and inter-house competitions being set by senior pupils this term to keep up morale.
8th December 2020
The Winchester College community continues to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and has received recognition for its efforts.
19th November 2020
An active participant in the school's Community Service outreach programme and A-Level art student, Felix, wanted to use his skills to support the local homeless shelter at this very difficult time for charities.
21st September 2020
Launched at the beginning of term to give an insight into life back at school, Carson (College) shares his 'new normal' in this week's Porters' Post.
7th September 2020
In the first of a series of insights into school life during this unique time, we hear from Ben Wen who recently joined the school as a JP in Furley's, spending the past two weeks with his brother in quarantine. Ben looks back at his first impressions of boarding life.
27th June 2020
Struck by the terrible hardships facing vulnerable communities in his home city of Bangkok, Toh started making nutritious, tasty food to be delivered to those most in need. In an inspiring postcard, he explains how he's balanced his charity work with his school work.