Lockdown Confessions with the Second Master and Year 12 – Ellie Hewes

Join us for another week of Lockdown Confessions! This week we have Mr Dixon and two year 12 pupils, who have been brave enough to share what they have been up to! If you want to get involved, please do not hesitate to email me!

Mr Dixon

My lockdown confession is how very much I am enjoying having two days off at the weekend.  I have worked in boarding schools for most of my career so Saturday school is a very normal feature of my normal life.  And that has meant that having what normal people would consider a normal weekend actually feels like a huge treat at the moment.  That feeling, waking up late on a Saturday morning, and remembering that I can have another lie-in tomorrow makes me almost giddy with excitement. 

Having said that, I can’t wait for things to get back to normal – Saturday school included.

I totally agree – the luxury of two lie-ins will never be taken for granted!

Jaz Skingle

Lockdown confessions? Everyone has some, so here I go. Ever since I’ve been home more, my cat has decided to do the same. He has become very fond of sitting on my laptop whilst Mr Barraclough talks about the Prime Minister in politics, or head-butting me whilst I’m writing an essay. Being a pathetic human who is too soft to remove him, I have folded and put a footstool next to the table so he can lie on it whilst I work. Talk about giving in.

It has also become very cold recently so I am very guilty of doing some online lessons sitting in front of my Aga for warmth, rather than at a sensible desk. I have also begun bringing cups of tea (in proper mugs) whilst I walk my dog – I have never looked so middle class in my life. I will finally confess to consuming a whole packet of maoms in a night on my own (more than once). What else am I meant to do whilst binge watching Netflix cooking shows? 

Jaz and her cat are certainly staying pawsitive!

Lucinda Halim

During what is now our third lockdown, I made a list of things I was going to try and achieve. The list included your classic; get fit, keep on top of prep, don’t join lessons in pyjamas and have somewhat of a normal sleep schedule.

Thinking that third times the charm, it turned out not to be…

I have been on a grand total of six runs, where in the first 30 seconds I got a stitch – not a great start. So instead, I resorted to running from my bedroom to the kitchen. As a way of rewarding myself for these world record sprints, I’ve been eating lots of ice-cream.

Now for the prep, my advice would be to not take A- Levels during a pandemic, save yourself the seven stages of grief. Just kidding, the only thing that seems to be having a breakdown in my house is the WiFi. We have a love hate relationship at the moment.

I am proud to say that I have not been joining lessons in my pyjamas. However, tutor meetings seem to be taking place either in my bed or by the kettle whilst I make tea. Giving myself five minutes to get ready for period 1, not ideal as cameras must be turned on.

Finally, as for my sleep schedule, I will confess it is non-existent. I have spent many nights staying up late finishing prep or catching up on a missed lesson, getting lost on YouTube, watching a new series on Netflix or scrolling endlessly on TikTok.

Lucinda has embraced Lockdown Confessions! Honesty is the best policy!

And that’s it for this week’s Lockdown Confessions! As always if you want to write a confession, please do not hesitate to email me!

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