In only a few weeks of intense chaos, the world was thrown into the confinements of a cell, whose windows were of glass rather than bars, whose doors could be locked from within, and whose beds were more comfortable than those at our school. Winchester itself had shut in what seemed to be the quickest 48-hour period of my life, though the prospect of life without examinations has been a good feeling that has lingered ever since. For me at any rate, this has been a fascinating experience that has allowed me to appreciate things in a new light.
For one thing, as a top year, I have missed out on a wonderful, final season of school-boy cricket, the jocular, face-to-face company of friends, and the emotional farewell of Domum. Like anyone else, I had a summer full of plans, and the experience of online teaching, to use that wonderfully British turn of phrase, has been interesting. And yet, to say that things have gone awfully would be quite wrong.
At home, there is still plenty to do and much to learn. Croquet and tennis are the pleasant pastimes by which I while away the hours of summer. And the independent nature of online learning has given me an indication as to how university will be when I arrive eventually. Reading too has been a boon with stern classics such as Brideshead Revisited and the funny stories of P.G. Wodehouse under my gaze. What is more, with the easing of the lockdown, I have even managed to get in a few rounds of golf, one of these being particularly bizarre as I ended up having to take shelter in a bunker from a hailstorm in May!
All in all, I have been fortunate enough to keep busy and to maintain contact with friends; but I yearn to return to the hubbub of normal life and, one day, to the cobbled paths of Flint Court and the hallowed crease of Meads.
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.
29th 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.
15th June 2020
Volunteering in his local village and cycling for charity, Alfred is using his time away from school in a particularly inspiring way.
11th June 2020
Writing from Hong Kong, Seb is missing dorm life in his boarding house. He's working his way along the main island's walking trail, to escape his apartment whenever possible.
7th June 2020
Living through lockdown in Nigeria with his family, Tomiwa describes the all too familiar pattern of endless baking, eating and then realising the need to exercise intensely. He writes about how he's filling the time when he's not studying.