Lockdown so far has taken some getting used to. I often find myself staring out of one window in particular, with a view of the nearby woods
Even while we are confined to our homes, spring has flourished. I wake to a chorus of birdsong, with the early morning sunlight streaming through my window.
My saving grace this Easter were the lectures that professors from Cambridge University and several schools, including Winchester, organised, with a wide breadth of topics from law to theoretical physics. I signed up immediately when an invitation was sent to me by my housemaster, Dr Hodgins. I have also made use of my free time by joining the Fabian Society and recently wrote an article for the Young Fabians. They have also hosted several interesting lectures, my favourite being one by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.
Lockdown leaves plenty of time for reading and I have thoroughly enjoyed Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall, Guide to Financial Markets by Marc Levinson, as well as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of Machines like Me by Ian McEwan, the Second Master’s book of the week.
Along with the start of Cloister time, remote learning has begun. So far it has been remarkably successful, but I do miss the atmosphere of Winchester, which is truly magical. I long for the return of my trips to JCR for a lemon and lime slush and a doughnut before I head off to Debsoc.
My day often ends with a short walk along the seashore to watch the yellowish-red sun sink into the horizon and think of those whose lives may have changed forever.
2nd July 2020
In our last postcard from home this term, Anvesh explains that, whilst he misses friends and school life, he has enjoyed spending time with his family, learning recipes from his older sister and playing games with his parents.
29th 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.
22nd June 2020
Denied a public stage on which to act out the drama that is such an important part of his life, Oscar has improvised whilst in lockdown and created his own set, costumes, and cast family members, to bring theatre to life inside his home.
18th June 2020
Tristan is finding new enjoyment in classically British pastimes and literature, as well as finding the increased independence required of online learning the perfect preparation for university.
15th June 2020
Volunteering in his local village and cycling for charity, Alfred is using his time away from school in a particularly inspiring way.
11th June 2020
Writing from Hong Kong, Seb is missing dorm life in his boarding house. He's working his way along the main island's walking trail, to escape his apartment whenever possible.