Lockdown presents each of us with a unique set of opportunities along with its inherent limitations. As authorities worldwide begin to lift restrictions, we are left to reflect on how we spent our time away from normal life in the college.
I have found it fulfilling to volunteer as a helper in my village. As I can’t drive, my role is limited to conversations on the phone and picking up local shopping as well as the odd check-up in person. Initially it was difficult to connect with some of these vulnerable people and for them to trust me on account of my age. However, after a few weeks I had built a strong rapport with them and it felt like they had begun to trust me.
Alongside my volunteering I am partaking in the Mallory Challenge. For me, this offers a fantastic escape from schoolwork and is a great motivator to stay fit! One of my favourite biking routes winds its way through villages and farmland before reaching the peak of Uffington’s White horse hill. Here you can see for endless miles. The photo above, which I took on a recent ride, shows the hill where St. George supposedly sleighed the dragon, the flowing chalk of the white horse and a slice of the view that the location offers.
What I miss most from the college, besides my friends and the societies, is my music lessons. It is difficult to convey the emotion of a piece through Skype and I miss being able to practice on the Steinway and other grand pianos in music school.
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.