Corona Diary: Day 12-14

Posted on 03rd April 2020 | in Blogs , Community , Corona Diary , Coronavirus

The diary of a student who is no longer in school, following what this new virus means for us.

Today we got a letter from the school. The overall message to year 11s was that the government had confirmed teachers would be deciding on our grades using a combination of mock results, target grades and their knowledge of how well we do in class, and there was no need for us to continue working towards our GCSEs as they wouldn’t be taking any work done in isolation into account.

It was good to finally get this confirmed, to know for certain that our GCSEs were really over. The idea of no more work after the holidays also brightened my day a bit, although there are some negatives to that as well. Namely: I’m going to get very bored.

Luckily there are a few solutions for that as well. For those of us who are going back to JCSC for sixth form, the teachers are going to set some work to prepare us for A Levels, but what that work might be we don’t know. With a bit of luck, I’m hoping I should be able to get away with non-stop reading up until September as English literature preparation.

It also gives me time to focus even more on other things, for example, I’m (attempting to) write a novel over April, taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)- a project where thousands of people worldwide try to complete a novel in a month. I also want to do more drawing, running and maybe even learn to play the guitar, and without anymore school work I should have time to do it all. That, at least, is something good to come from isolation.

My story- I’m trying to do around 700 words of writing a day.

Hopefully I’ll manage to stay busy, even without piles of science tests and maths quizzes. It’s hard not to feel somewhat trapped when we’re barely able to leave the house. I know my friends are feeling the same, if not worse. I hope that if I make sure there’s always something for me to do, then hopefully I’ll be able to distract myself from that feeling for a little while longer.

by Lily Tibbitts

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