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.
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.
22nd October 2020
The results are in. The unison house singing competition, known as Bobber Pot, was as hotly contested as ever.
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.