Winchester College transforms in summer.
Looking back on my four years at the school, it feels as if almost all of my fondest memories have taken place in the nostalgic summer breeze. The River Itchen becomes just warm enough to swim in, Vincenzo’s ice cream van parks squarely opposite the Bishop’s Palace and the Collegemen roll out the barbecue ready for Sunday lunch in the Warden’s Garden. Even during my stressful GCSE year, the beautiful summer weather kept us sane as, desperately cramming Latin set texts, we would congregate in Chamber Court to soak in the sun, and hopefully some Virgil as well.
It’s also a bittersweet time filled with farewells. It’s a chance to treasure and make the most of the last weeks we have with the older years who made us feel at home during our very first weeks. And then the big day, inevitably tinged with sadness upon hearing the final refrains of Dulce Domum.
I continue to miss Winchester College deeply over these warm months. These reflections have taken on a more significant meaning for me as we collectively endure the unsettling experience of social distancing, a concept at odds with the hopes and promise of summer.
In these moments I remember that good things will come again, that happiness can be found in the little things that are lost in the chaos of modern life and by valuing generosity in all its guises. As Wykehamists, we never give up, and there is something beautiful in that.
28th September 2021
As they return from a long weekend back home, First Year pupils reflect on their initial impressions of Winchester.
27th September 2021
On Friday 21 September the boys and staff of Winchester College attempted to run the 2,500km distance former pupil, George Mallory trekked in order to climb Everest, from Mumbai to Base Camp. A commemorative challenge in honour of the feat he achieved 100 years ago.
24th January 2021
The Head of College explains why, despite being an ineffective player himself, he is an ardent fan of Winkies for the team spirit it builds and the traditions it upholds.
19th January 2021
Starting the spring term, known as Common Time, in the UK's third national lockdown, one of Winchester's Head Boys encourages the whole school community to keep mentally healthy by setting personal goals, remaining physically active, and participating in the challenges and inter-house competitions being set by senior pupils this term to keep up morale.
8th December 2020
The Winchester College community continues to respond to the challenges posed by the pandemic, and has received recognition for its efforts.
19th November 2020
An active participant in the school's Community Service outreach programme and A-Level art student, Felix, wanted to use his skills to support the local homeless shelter at this very difficult time for charities.