I have tried to keep a semblance of normality at home with this bizarre situation that the world has been put in. I am writing this from my home in Lagos, Nigeria where I have stayed throughout these troubling times with my family. Inevitably, I miss the active school environment and my friends. Sometimes, I just find myself sitting around trying to find the next best activity for me whereas in school there was always so much to do!
Not being able to watch or play football has been one of the toughest things to deal with. From sitting in the TV room in Chawkers, watching Manchester United dominate teams on a Sunday afternoon, to going out on the astroturf to play football with my housemates after lunch, football has always been my main hobby. Unfortunately, as these are no longer feasible options, I've taken to kicking a football around my garden continuously.
In lieu of the many school activities I am missing, I try to keep myself engaged during the lockdown with trying new things. First I started baking with the family. We baked numerous pound cakes and chocolate chip cookies, as well as sugar cookies. Then, after realising how unfit I was getting, I balanced my baking with fairly intense exercising as often as I could.
I exercise every other day. Some days, I do core circuits in the home gym and go skipping, or I go on a 5km run/jog. On other days, I take my daily outdoor exercise with my family, going on very long walks. I'm enjoying reading. I recently finished Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which I highly recommend, and a Percy Jackson book: The Sea of Monsters. Over the holidays, I balanced productive work with sleeping, eating, playing games, more eating and more sleeping!
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.