This period of self-isolation and quarantine is a new challenge for us all. The school has delved deep into the unchartered waters of online learning; bringing chapel services online, lessons onto Skype, and distributing quizzes and puzzles, via email, which help keep us sane. The extra free time I have, due to the cancellation of public exams, has helped broaden my spectrum of learning, and I am enjoying the opportunity to focus on extra-curricular activities, such as music and photography.
Leaving Winchester to go into lockdown was difficult. Our last Div lesson with Mr Spencer was particularly sad. He kindly arranged for the whole Div group to go into the storage room above Chantry so we would have the opportunity to see it before we left. This photo is the closest thing we currently have to a Leavers photo.
I've been impressed that many Wykehamists have volunteered in supermarkets to stack shelves and a huge number are taking part in fundraising, including the 5K running challenge, Run for Heroes, raising money for the NHS.
The highlight of Cloister Time for me are the outdoor actitivies. The school has an excellent cricket programme and it is a shame that the school cricket season won't go ahead this year. The school’s sporting capabilities, under the leadership of Mr Burley and the hard work of the PE department, are stronger than ever, but we will have to wait for next year to compete. I will also miss CCF as I have been doing it since my second year and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Of course, isolation has highlighted some things that I don’t miss about school, such as the commute to lessons, but now looking at it I rather underappreciated being outside!
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.
22nd June 2020
English don Tom Quale considers how literature bears "the indelible impression of its time" and what that might mean for the writing taking place during this turbulent period.
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
Delivering lessons online and then wandering an empty campus, English don Mrs Lucia Quinault, feels the presence of previous pupils and teachers, with the grounds and buildings imbued with their happy memories.