Our amazing UK students response to COVID-19 Thoughts from Yasmin - Team Asymptote - Drayton Manor School, Ealing, London The world has undoubtedly changed, to say the least. Our relatively familiar surroundings have been seized from the roots and altered into something alien. Not too long ago there was normality, right now we could not be further from normality. Shock grips many as they see their favourite restaurants, pubs and regular hangout places abruptly close. No supermarket is spared as people hoard any and everything they can lay their hands on, whether essential or non-essential. Fights break out in various directions over who deserves the last bag of flour. It is bizarre that individuals act as though afraid of starvation when people in certain underdeveloped countries suffer extreme hunger on a daily basis, yet they are often ignored and offered little means of support. During this crucial time, it is ultimately your decision on how you choose to spend it. Although we are caught up in this unideal situation, I assure you, you can bring something good out of this, use the lockdown as an opportunity to develop as a human being. Be productive. Rather than sulk around and hope a hole in the ground will swallow you whole, why not do something for the greater good? The Wings Of Hope (‘Wohaa’), a charity I am fundraising for, has motivated me to help as much as possible during the pandemic, since my fellow team members (Team Asymptote) have never failed to remind each other of the roles we have. Together, we have motivated each other to persevere, promoted #clapforourcarers, sent weekly cards to OAPs without internet access and spread positivity through social media. The best thing about our team is that we are not only helping the community as much as possible, it also helps us to cope and be resilient. Once the lockdown ends, this resilience and empathy should be the lasting foundation for our future endeavours. Thoughts from Christopher - Team Nebula - Bancroft's School, London Whilst not one of those whose public examinations have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is definitely unusual going ‘to school’ next to my bedroom every day, and practically living on Microsoft Teams. In terms of the future of education, whilst we will likely see the increased integration of technology and online platforms into our learning, I do not believe that schooling-from-home is likely to become the norm, certainly not in the foreseeable future. Thoughts from Katrina - Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath In the midst of a (legal) walk with my dog, my appreciation for Mother Nature’s beauty opened room for mindfulness. In spite of often feeling imprisoned, never will I again have such a wonderful opportunity to share experiences with my busy family. Shocking character development, perhaps? Without a doubt, 2020 has so far been, and will be monumental for many years to come in every aspect of my life, your life and society. Nonetheless, hope lies in the denouement of this crisis. Global solidarity has shown that we can indisputably live in peace and work collectively to impede other crises like climate change. Together, we will triumph as a tighter community with more kindness to share. Thoughts from Liranya - Team Angels of Hope - Lampton School, Hounslow First time seeing my REAL thoughts on paper… One word that we have all heard for the past few months is Coronavirus! New experience, isn’t? This is what I imagined when I was informed that Britain is going under lockdown: I can’t see my friends for the rest of my life (now that was quite dramatic)! I will never be able to go outside and enjoy the lovely summer! I will be practically starving! No food what so ever and I will probably start to ration. No cinema. Can’t go watch my favourite Tamil movies on a colossal screen, instead I watch it on my microscopic TV. Schools out! Now at the beginning as was ecstatic, but now… quite opposite to that. The list can go on and on but we all have heard enough about pessimistic views on this crisis. Let me tell what really is happening! Firstly, we all need to understand that tough times don’t last forever! Since day one I really thought that we will have life like those during WW1, Britons were ratioing food and families all separated. But as we all know; we are nowhere near that stage. Let me tell you how quarantine has and still changing my life; in a decisive way. This is my first time seeing my REAL thoughts on paper… here it goes! Poetry by Chloe - Winterbourne Academy Bristol Imagine... Can you imagine your lifeWithout every going to school? Can you imagine who you'd beIf you'd never met your favourite teacher? Can you imagine yourselfWithout what you learnt at school? Would you be the same?Who do you prefer to be? Read by Holly - Winterbourne Academy, Bristol Teachers Paint their mindsand guide their thoughtsShare their achievementand advise their faults. Inspire a loveof knowledge and truthAs you light the pathWhich leads our youth. For our future brightenswith each lesson you teacherEach smile you lengthenEach goal you help reach. For the dawn of each poetEach philosopher, each kingBegins with a teacherAnd the wisdom they bring.