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.
26th May 2020
Deeply missing Winchester, Rtvik reflects on his favourite things about the summer term, from BBQs to swimming in the river.
20th May 2020
It would have been his last term at Winchester so Zefaan is understandably nostalgic about the things he will miss this Cloister Time. His choice of 'Leavers Photo', outside Chantry with his Div don and class illustrates the impact on pupils of this unique approach to learning and exploration.
18th May 2020
Charlie has been making the most of the weather and local countryside to run for charity and can't wait for the end of lockdown.
18th May 2020
Winchester College has a long reputation for community service. No person is more responsible for this than the remarkable Mrs Clare Talks, Geography don and Director of Community Service. Here she provides a refreshing insight into the environmental impacts of an unseasonably warm Spring and a tranquil, undisturbed lockdown.
16th May 2020
According to his Div don, "more people have climbed Everest" and the final stages of an endurance event, such as this, will be the toughest, but sixth form pupil Freddie remains unfazed and focused on raising money for a charity close to his heart.
15th May 2020
Nat tells us about the perils - and lure - of going out in the sun in London during lockdown.