For this week’s blog, I thought I would make a diary entry each day of my first week back at school. I was excited to return, but also apprehensive, and I hope this blog gives you an idea of how I found my first week back at school.
It was strange arriving in an unusual entrance, being directed towards a hand sanitiser station whilst attempting to put on a face covering. We were immediately told to head to our forms, so there was no chance to mingle in the common room, catching up with everyone you hadn’t seen. We spent a lot of our day in our forms, welcoming new students and doing basic first day things; photos, assemblies, admin… It was lovely to be back, but everything was so different and daunting that the whole day was rather draining. The effort that is required into every part of the day makes the day a lot more tiring, with simple things such as moving classrooms a whole ten minute operation.
My second day was a lot more successful. As the first day with all five lessons, it felt slightly more normal and similar to pre-Covid. It was nice to catch up with all of my teachers again, although I definitely felt out of depth in some of my classes. That being said, all of my peers are in the same situation as me, so it’s comforting that although school is challenging, I am certainly not alone! The biggest difference thus far, is definitely the practical aspects of school. You don’t get to see as many people as you used to, due to the ‘maximum occupancies’ of the common room, and it can be frustrating trying to find somewhere where you can hang out at Break or Lunch. This whole term will be a learning process, and it is early days, so I’m sure as the term continues we will keep finding new ways to adapt and hopefully make school as close to normal as possible.
School is feeling less strange, as such, but there is still a constant reminder that COVID-19 is very present. I am working my way back into my class content, and realising that I definitely have a lot of revision to do to solidify my knowledge… I’m not feeling too pressured as of right now, but the uncertainty of what lies ahead is definitely playing on everyone’s minds.
I had a fairly enjoyable day today; I felt my lessons were productive and I also had a couple of study periods, which is always nice. School is constantly making adaptations, as we learn what works and what doesn’t, so things are still changing on the daily. We went out at lunch for the first time today, just to the local Sainsbury’s, and it was nice to get out. Unfortunately, we have limits to where we can go at the moment, but there are still a couple of cafés and restaurants which could offer a nice lunch in the future.
Wednesday (Hump Day!!!)
Today was a good day. By now we’re pretty much used to the system, and it is so refreshing to be back at school. Although it’s still stressful, tiring and a lot to get your head around, I am very glad to be back at school, and I hope that this term remains successful. This afternoon, we had games, and I took part in some casual volleyball, and later some more intense bench ball. Seeing a bunch of 16,17 and 18 year olds running and shouting around a sports hall, reminded me that it really is the little things in life that keep you going. Treasure your privilege to be in work or education as ,we have learnt this year, it should never be taken for granted.