Arriving home late on 16 March, only a few hours before the travel ban into the US from the UK commenced, was slightly stressful. Two days later, my family and I were woken up by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake and the aftershocks continued for days. This weekend, the city was placed under curfew to de-escalate violent protests, being held nationwide, against police brutality. The daily school, boarding life and sport routines seem like an age away. One truly misses Winchester’s calm and serenity.
Being seven hours behind the UK has made for very early morning starts for our online lessons. This new norm has taken some adjustment. The comforts of being home have wonderful benefits but being removed from a class situation and staying focussed, at times, has been a challenge.
This half term was a welcomed and much needed break. Rest and downtime was key. My family headed to southern Utah for the Memorial Day long weekend. This was the first time we had left the house in almost nine weeks.
The distinctive red rock in this part of the world, which is featured in numerous movies, contrasted against a bright blue open sky. The breathtaking hikes and the freedom of being outdoors were spectacular. Corona Arch, the slot canyon and Dead Horse Point at Moab all made for an excellent weekend of adventure. Not having a schedule allowed me to clear my head and relax outdoors before the final weeks of term and exams.
21st September 2020
Launched at the beginning of term to give an insight into life back at school, Carson (College) shares his 'new normal' in this week's Porters' Post.
7th September 2020
In the first of a series of insights into school life during this unique time, we hear from Ben Wen who recently joined the school as a JP in Furley's, spending the past two weeks with his brother in quarantine. Ben looks back at his first impressions of boarding life.
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.
27th 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.