Quarantine has its hard moments: it’s sad that I can’t go outside much and that I can’t see my friends. I am stuck at home in London with my family, and going out has been risky. Not only because the police tell you off if you aren’t obviously exercising (as I discovered) but also due to the sheer number of people that suddenly filled the streets and parks; sunlight seems to appeal to everyone more than ever now that they're meant to be staying inside!
But in an odd and optimistic way, this period could be seen as a blessing, just in a very good disguise. Online lessons work just as well as normal lessons and now that I can’t leave the house without being accosted (unless I’m vigorously working-out) it has given me more time to focus on things that I love and discover new things I'm interested in. Most of my attention has been on my music and, over the past few weeks, I've developed a love for tonal harmony and the theories behind it. As I haven’t had so many school commitments, I’ve been able to read a lot about it and discover authors and theorists, such as Ernst Levy or Steve Coleman, who I might never have come across if I wasn't stuck indoors.
I’m trying to keep myself occupied, being productive, trying to use my phone less, and cut down on screen time when I can. That said, I feel that there is a tendency for people in lock-down to think that they must endeavour to become their “best self,” to make the most of this situation. Although it’s great to keep yourself interested throughout this period, I think it’s also fine to just continue with life as normal (or as normal as possible): relax and binge-watch tv! These are weird times, and what's most important is staying happy and safe!
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.
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.
8th June 2020
English don, Richard Stillman reflects on the protests sweeping the United States and United Kingdom, what we might do to educate ourselves, and how this might help make a difference.
31st May 2020
The inaugural PixPot was launched in April, alongside a photography competition open to the whole school community. The Winchester College Photography Society, which is run entirely by pupils at the school, oversaw the competition: securing the involvement of professional judges, drawing up a shortlist, and organising prizes.
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
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.