It is truly perplexing how staying at school in quarantine has felt more free than the regular holidays. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has made easy work out of our usual holiday plans, thus we’ve been stuck in this monotonous cycle, with no major stimuli in sight. Quarantine has been a refreshing change from my mundane life, as absurd as it sounds. The fact that I can just walk out of Furley’s was a privilege compared to apartment life. Moreover, the staff have made a tremendous effort to make us feel more at home.
Before I arrived, one of my biggest fears was the problem of expressing myself. However, from the moment I got here, a wave of realisation dawned over me - everybody here was extraordinarily friendly and the older years have been particularly considerate. My brother and I have spent time playing “Dark Souls the board game” which had an inexplicable 40-page manual, which would have taken hours to grasp at home but was promptly explained to us in no less than 15 minutes.
Above everything, probably the most substantial factor for the phenomenal week has been the staff. The matron and cleaners, for making us feel at home, as well as keeping hygiene a priority and the chefs, who provided a substantial variety of delectable meals. Last but certainly not least is our housemaster. I think we will all be grateful to Mr Fox for taking his own private time to house us.
To conclude this first impression, it’s true to say that this time has flashed by. If I could choose one thing to take away from this time, it would be something shared with us first years:
“You will have approximately 1,000 days at Winchester, please make the most of every opportunity. I guarantee that at your graduation, you will tell me, if I am still here, how quickly those 1,000 days have gone by.”
If these first two weeks were anything to go by, I would conclude that this statement couldn’t be more true.
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
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.
18th June 2020
Tristan is finding new enjoyment in classically British pastimes and literature, as well as finding the increased independence required of online learning the perfect preparation for university.
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.