The school’s introduction of the 16+ tests was a surprise to many, but ultimately a useful one. Revision was not a constraint, but a framework, providing valuable structure to each day. The desk in my room has turned from a mountain of papers into my revision workstation, then my school desk, and finally an exam hall. Instead of filing out of New Hall, I close a tab and push back my chair. Instead of hurriedly talking through the exam with classmates as we walk back across Meads, I open WhatsApp to see what my friends made of it. The re-creation isn’t perfect, but it does bring closure. For many subjects, the last time I will be examined on them is in my own room.
The continued work of the Boat Club to ensure all of us keep healthy and cohesive is especially appreciated, providing interactions between all five years, something that leaving our boarding houses removed from our school day. Pastoral support from the housemasters and tutors is as reliable as always. Despite the unprecedented situation, Winchester College continues to evolve to meet the challenges, whether academic, extra-curricular or pastoral.
As a Quirister I would normally sing in the Chapel Choir and at other special events like Amicabilis Concordia, Morning Hills, Illuminā and Glee Club. This year we have recorded a Christmas album at Merton College, performed in Exeter, Greenwich and Chelsea, visited the Baltic States, and sang Carmina Burana at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Nowadays we still practice, but using digital music scores, watching Mr Ionascu conduct over Zoom, and listening to Mr Cunningham play over our headphones. Recordings of our individual voices have been assembled into a digital choir to perform Finzi’s God is Gone Up. Quiristers have sung at Winchester College for over 600 years, we are not stopping now!
1st May 2022
Over the Easter holidays the Chapel Choir, including the Quiristers, took the opportunity to go on tour to Durham, singing in the splendour of the city's Cathedral.
6th March 2022
Winchester will welcome a new Senior Chaplain in the summer, following the departure of Rev Justin White.
25th January 2022
Congratulations to Bob Guan who, through his own research and analysis, has discovered a new species of woodlice, and won a prize for his work.
19th October 2021
We have an exciting opportunity for four young boys to join the Winchester College Chapel Choir in September 2022 as Quiristers. Find out more about what it's like to be a part of one of the country's most famous choirs.
28th April 2021
On 28 April 2021, the College's political society welcomed the Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP to a virtual event for boys and staff. The talk covered a diverse range of topics, from Mr Rees-Mogg's position as Leader of the House of Commons to his ideas to improve socio-economic equality.
12th February 2021
To mark Ash Wednesday next week our College Chaplain, the Rev Ross Maidment, has prepared this podcast to share with our community.